20 Facts about Slovenia
Slovenia is a small country that lies in the heart of Europe. Slovenia is know for its forests and its versatility, because you can in one day climb the Alps and then in the afternoon swim in the sea. Slovenia is also known for his beautiful landscape and all secrets which lie just around the corner. There are 20 the most interesting facts about Slovenia:
Did you know that Slovenia is the third most forested country in Europe? Almost 60% of the territory is covered by forest. In last years the proportion of forest is increasing beacause each year they plant over one million trees.
… Slovenia has one of the largest brown bear populations in Europe? Estimated population is between 500 and 700.
… in Maribor grows the oldest vine in the world? It’s more than 400 years old but still continues to produce around 25 liters per year.
… the geographical and climatic variety and diversity of Slovenia allows that in a single day you can pick autumn fruits in the afternoon bathe in the Adriatic Sea and in the evening go night skiing?
… the Slovenian Karst Plateau has given its name to karst landscapes and karst phenomena all over the world? On Karst that experts first explained numerous karst features such as underground caves, sinkholes and water sinks.
… that Vilenica cave near Lokev is the oldest tourist cave in Europe. Sightseeing tours take place since 1633.
… Slovenia has the tallest industrial chimney in Europe? This accolade goes to the chimney power plant in Trbovlje, which is 362 m high. With his great height they wanted to prevent the pollution of the lower atmosphere.
… the dining room of the coal mine in Velenje, 160 meters below the surface is the lowest-lying dining room in Europe? It is about 15m long with 12 tables where can seat around 48 people.
… the Sečovlje saltpans Nature Park is the only Slovenian wetland area on the UNESCO list of wetlands of international importance? Today operates only a minor part of the pans, which date back more than 700 years. In the abandoned part of the pans we can also find the Etruscan shrew which is the smallest mammal in the world!
… the longest railway bridge in the world with a stone arch is the Solkan Bridge on the Bohinj line? The main arch is 85 m long and the whole bridge 219.7 m.
… Slovenia has the highest cliff in the Adriatic? In the Strunjan Peninsula from the Adriatic coast to the summit rises 80 meters high, almost precipitous cliff wall.
… Slovenia is one of the aqueous richest countries in Europe? Its rivers, streams and other watercourses have a length of almost 27,000 kilometers. It also has numerous thermal and mineral springs and many subterranean waters.
… Slovenia is among countries with the largest number of religious buildings per capita in Europe? Slovenia has almost 3,000 churches, chapels and religious monuments.
… in Planica were exceeded more than sixty world records in ski jumping and ski flying? Among other things, Ski jumpers in Planica for the first time managed to break the magic number of one hundred and two hundred meters.
… in Slovenia you can see the traces of real dinosaurs? Traces from the early Triassica are probably around 200 million years old and you can see at the Zalarjev top near Idrija.
… the Freising Manuscripts is the oldest surviving document in Slovene and also the oldest surviving document written in any Slavonic language? These are the three liturgical texts with religious content, which occurred around the year 1000. They are kept at the Bavarian State Library in Munich.
… in Slovenia since its establishment in 1580 operates world-famous Lipica stud farm, which is famous for raising almost aristocratic Lipizzaner horses? The adult Lipizzaner is notable for its white color and its remarkable learning ability.
… the Slovenian Davo Karničar is the first skier who skied from the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest? It was also the first person in the world to ski the highest peaks of all seven continents.
… is by far the most successful Slovenian band of all genres and periods folk group Avsenik Brothers Ensemble, which has sold over 31 million albums? Avsenik Brothers are among the most-performed European composers.
… the Slovenian war of independence in 1991, also known as the ten-day war, was the first war in Europe since the Second World War? Despite its short duration, the war unfortunately claimed 76 victims.