10 Interesting facts about Slovenia and the Slovenian language

For people interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Slovenia and the Slovenian or Slovene language, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. Slovenia became an independent country from Yugoslavia in 1991.  Slovenes come from the Slavic peoples from ~600 AD.  There are many historical sites, castles and relics going back 500 BC.
  • 2. The Slovenian or Slovene language is spoken by ~2.5 million people, most of which live in Slovenia.  Other locations with Slovenian speakers include Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia as well as some communities in the US, Canada, Argentina, Australia and South Africa.  The language is believed to have its origins before 1000 AD with written Slovene from that time period, called the Freising Manuscripts.
  • 3. Four major European regions merge in Slovenia, the Alps, the Dinarides, the Pannonian Plain and the Mediterranean.  It has borders with Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the east and Croatia in the south.
  • 4. Over half the country consists of forests, the 3rd most in Europe behind only Finland and Sweden.  The trees included are mostly Beech, Fir-Beach and Beech-Oak.  Much of Slovenia is protected under different national, regional and nature parks, the largest being the Triglav National Park.  Combined, these make up 36% of Slovenia, the largest percent of protected areas in the EU.
  • 5. With the large amount of protected area, Slovenia is home to a range of biodiversity, including 24,000 animal species such as the deer, boar, wolves, bears, the edible dormouse and many different bird species.
  • 6. Slovenia gets its energy from relatively clean energy sources, with over half coming from hydro and thermal with the remaining coming from nuclear, solar, biogas, solar hot water heating and plans for wind energy.
  • 7. The cuisine in Slovenia is a combination of Central European, Mediterranean and Balkan influences.  Traditionally, many meals are what’s considered one-pot dishes, such as Ricet, Istrian stew, Minestrone and Zganci.  Regionally, cuisine varies depending on the local landscape and culture, with more than 40 distinct regional cuisines.  There is a festival of roasted potatoes held every year since 2000 attracting thousands of visitors.
  • 8. Slovenia has more than 28,000 wineries, that’s about one vineyard or winery for every 70 people with almost all the wine consumed domestically and only ~7% being exported.  White wines make up 75% of the production with the major wine regions being the Littoral, the Lower Sava Valley and the Drava Valley.
  • 9. There are more than 500 castles in Slovenia, including the Ljubljana Castle, Bled Castle, Skofja Loka, and Predjama Castle.
  • 10. There are about 2 million visitors or tourists per year to Slovenia, about equal to the population.  Attractions include the capital city of Ljubljana, the Julian Alps, Lake Bled with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, the Karst plateau and its many caves including the Postojna Cave and the Skocjan Caves, the wine making hills around Maribor, various spas from all the thermal activity as well as some gambling such as at Perla in Nova Gorica.

Have your own networks with others in Slovenia

If you regularly share content or work with people in Hungary, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your language, including Slovenian or Slovene, Italian, Romanian, German and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability to add networks, use the applications, and initial storage for your various files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Slovenia, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples and relevant blog articles.

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