SLOVENIA: 5 Very Interesting Facts You’ll Be Happy To Know!
Countries around the world are recognised by their typical features. What comes to your mind when you think about Slovenia? Let’s see if we can help …
Head image: Church Of St. John The Baptist, Lake Bohinj
Slovenia is a land of honey
Slovenia is the homeland of leading beekeepers and also home of the Carniolan honey bee. The quality of Slovenia’s honey is a result both of Slovenia’s landscape and its long tradition of apiculture.
“If the bee disappeared from the surface of the globe, then man would have no more than four years to live.” Albert Einstein
The Slovenian language
The Slovenian language is one of the smallest Slavic languages. It’s also one of the most diverse in terms of dialects. Even linguists don’t agree precisely how many dialects of Slovenian there are. Most believe that there are close to 50.
Slovenian speakers themselves have sometimes trouble understanding some dialects from another part of the country.
A country of churches
In Slovenia there are almost no villages or hills that do not have a church. The country is also full of convents, monasteries, and roadside shrines. Altogether, there are about 3,000 churches, chapels and sacred buildings in the country.
Anyone traveling around Slovenia will soon notice this incredible legacy.
Famous Hemingway’s war novel takes place in Slovenia
Not many people know (as not even Hemingway himself mentioned it in his “A Farewell to Arms” novel), but the 1917 Battle of Caporetto, where the Italian retreat during WWI was documented, takes place on Slovenian soil.
Trenta, Bovec, Kobarid, Gorica, Kanal, Tolmin – these are the concrete names of the towns in the Soča valley where the battles of Isonzo front or Soška fronta were fought between the Kingdom of Italy and Austria-Hungary. The battle is well documented in the Kobarid museum.
Among the safest countries for travellers
Slovenia is one of the safest countries in the world for travellers, faring very well in all three key indicators – security, medical risks and road safety, showed a risk world map for 2020 released by the SOS International NGO.
On a 1-5 scale for security, Slovenia places among only a handful of European countries with “insignificant” travel security risks alongside Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Greenland.
The world risk map is available at https://www.travelriskmap.com/#/planner/locations.