You may have already researched a lot about the country, but there are many interesting facts about Slovenia, that you might not be aware of yet. From the old to the new and, to the weird and wonderful, here is the list of our favourites:
There are over 10,000 caves in Slovenia.
Although there are so many caves the most popular are the Postojna Caves, which attracts over half a million visitors a year. It boasts over 20km of passages, chambers and galleries. The cave has stalactites and stalagmites of all shapes and ages. It was fitted with electricity in 1884, and nowadays you start your tour of the caves on a train!
Slovenia only has one island.
The only island in the whole of Slovenia can be found in the middle of Lake Bled. Bled Island is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Slovenia. To visit the island you can take a boat known as a Pletna, which is a traditional rowing boat with canopy, that can only be found in Slovenia. On the island you will find a church dating back to the 17th Century, and a bell tower which was built in the 15th Century, that you can climb up to get spectacular views of Lake Bled.
99 steps can determine a long lasting marriage!
Tradition states that if a couple are getting married in the Church of Assumption on Bled Island then the groom must carry his bride up the 99 step stone staircase to the church. Whilst he is carrying his bride she must not say a word! If they succeed then it is believed that their marriage will be long lasting.
First married couple to climb Everest were Slovenian.
In 1990, Andrej and Marija Stremfelj were the 1st married couple to summit Everest at the same time.
More than half of the country is covered by forest.
Around 60%, or 10,000sq/km, of Slovenia is forested. In terms of relative area it is the third most forested country in the EU, after Finland and Sweden. The forests are important to Slovenia in terms of beauty, ecology and climate, and are home to many species of plants, animals, birds and insects.
There is an ever-growing Brown Bear population.
Partly due to the fantastic forested habitats available to them, the Brown Bear population is now thriving in Slovenia, with around 500-700 currently living there. This has not always been the case though. At the beginning of the 20th Century there were only around 30-40 Brown Bears in Slovenia due to the reduction in woodlands, extensive hunting and intensive agriculture in the previous century. With the successful use of enviromental management the population is now on the increase, and is important for reintroducing the Brown Bear to France, Italy and Austria.
They love their vineyards.
Slovenia has so many vineyards, 1 for every 70 people! There are 14 wine growing regions, covering 22300 hectares, some of which have their own indigenous varieties of grape. There are more than 25000 wineries in Slovenia, which produce over 80 million litres of wine, most of which is consumed within Slovenia itself.
40 ski flying world records have been made in Slovenia.
The ski jump in Planica has been the location of many new world records. It has hosted many World Championships since it was built a large slope in 1934. As well as this the first jumper to make 100m, and the first to jump 200m achieved their records at Planica in 1936 an 1994 respectively.