Slovenia

Slovenia

This small, beautiful country is located on the Adriatic Sea and its neighbors are Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. At one time it was part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, but split away in 1991 forming Slovenia. In 2004, it joined NATO and the European Union. It has a population of just over two million and is a water-rich country with a dense river network and strong underground aquifers. It also has the second longest cavern system in the world: Postojna Cave. Half of Slovenia is covered in forest. The northwest is Alpine and most of the land is mountainous. The people of Slovenia are called Slovenes.

Want a quick visual overview of Slovenia? Go here. This short video shows a little more of the food and culture as well as the scenery. For real armchair traveling, here is a video featuring Rick Steves’ Europe with the Best of Slovenia.

FunFacts about Slovenia: (Source) (Source)  

  • There is evidence of human habitation in Slovenia from 250,000 years ago.
  • Slovenia has pile dwellings (stilts) that date back to prehistoric times, around 2500 BC, located in the Ljubljana Marshes. This area is now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Ljubljana Marshes Wheel is carbon-dated at over 5000 years old and is the oldest, surviving wooden wheel in the world.
  • Slavic tribes migrated to the area in 568 AD.
  • Quote: The Carantanians, one of the ancestral groups of the modern Slovenes, particularly the Carinthian Slovenes, were the first Slavic people to accept Christianity. (Source) They were Christianized by Irish missionaries.
  • The country sits on the convergence of three tectonic plates and has lots of seismic activity. Scientists have identified 60 past destructive earthquakes. An earthquake leveled the capitol city of Ljubljana in 1895.
  • Slovenia’s geography includes a significant ‘karst’ topography, which includes a lot of caves and sinkholes. Karst refers to land formed through dissolution of soluble rocks like limestone, dolomite and gypsum. The Karst Plateau in Slovenia extends into Italy.
  • Slovenia is a region with high, proportionate biodiversity. Though it is only .004 of the earth’s surface it contains 1% of the earth’s organisms.
  • Lake Bled is famous for its fairy-tale-like island. Many weddings are held here.
  • Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and the largest city with over 277,000 inhabitants.
  • Slovene is the national language of Slovenia, a Slavic language. Both Hungarian and Italian are spoken in Slovenia as well.
  • Catholicism is the main religion.
  • Slovenia’s education ranks 12th best in the world.

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29 thoughts on “Slovenia

  1. After looking at these beautiful pictures, I’d love to be able to visit Slovenia in the future. I’ve never been to Europe, so it’d be nice to go on a European tour of as many countries as possible. Hopefully not when Slovenia is in the middle of an earthquake, though!

  2. Slovenia looks like a beautiful country. My favorite picture is the second one. If I was a world traveler I would definitely want to visit.

  3. What beautiful scenery. The clearness of the lake is amazing. Another place to add to my “bucket list”.

  4. Loved all the pictures, but the first two I loved the best-gorgeous shots. That one picture with the clear lake is gorgeous too. I’ve never been there but it certainly is a beautiful place. Wouldn’t mind visiting there. That wooden wheel, wow, 5,000 years old! Thanks for sharing. AZ

  5. What a wonderfully charming country. I am enthralled. If I still actually traveled, this would definitely make my list. Such a rich history. Thank you very much for this amazing arm-chair tour of Slovenia. I enjoyed it tremendously. Rich Steves makes a fascinating tour guide. Covers a lot in a short period of time.

    • Pansy,
      I was especially fascinated in his video about the history of WWI in this country. I had no idea! It must have been a horrific experience.

      Caris
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  6. Slovenia is where my mom’s whole family is from. All of her grandparents emigrated from there before World War I when it was still a part of the Austria-Hungary Empire. She was able to visit family there several times in the 50’s, as her father was stationed in Germany at that time. She always says how beautiful the countryside was and talks about seeing a wedding at the church on the island. It’s someplace I’d like to go as we still have distant cousins living there.

    • Merrie,
      What a small world! The church on the island hosts weddings all the time and next week I’ll be doing a blog about the lake and the island. So, it’s awesome to know your mom actually saw a wedding there. Yes, you have to go and impose a bit on those cousins. I bet they’d love it.

      Caris
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  7. Your photos get me every time. I stare at them in awe, so beautiful. They remind me of puzzles that I use to do as a child. (GA)

  8. I can’t pick a favorite on this one Caris. They are all beautiful photos. I watched all the link’s and especially enjoyed Rick Steve’s video. Truly some beautiful country. I really enjoyed the town square of the capital and was happy that I saw no cars there to mar the scenery. I would love to visit. Thank you for the post

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