21 Stupendous Facts About Slovenia
If you’re looking to move to this pretty country or you’re simply going on holiday here, take a look at these 21 interesting facts about Slovenia before you go!
- Slovenia is a mountainous country in Central Europe.
- Once a part of the former Yugoslavia, Slovenia gained independence in 1991.
- It is bordered by Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the south and southeast and Italy to the west. It also has a coastline along the Adriatic Sea to the southwest.
- If you’re looking to relocate to this beautiful country, you could always sail here in your boat through the Adriatic Sea! You’ll need the coordinates 46.0500° N, 14.5000°
- The terrain here is mountainous in the north and east, whilst in the southwest you’ll come across the Karst Plateau (a name particular to this part of Slovenia), a limestone region featuring underground gorges, caves and rivers!
- In fact, there are more than 10,000 caves in Slovenia; we wonder if there are any undiscovered fossils or prehistoric remains waiting to be found?
- Did you know that more than 60% of Slovenia is forest?
- Thanks to the vast forests, Slovenia is home to brown bears, lynx, wolves and many other wild animals!
- The total land area of Slovenia is 7,827 square miles (20,273 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around the same size as Wales.
- Slovenia’s population was 1.9 million in 2015…
- …that’s around 2/3 of the Welsh population.
- The capital is Ljubljana; it covers an area of 63 square miles (164 square kilometres) and had a population of 279,000 in 2014.
- Slovenians enjoy a Mediterranean climate on the coast and a continental climate throughout the rest of the country.
- Did you know, Slovenia is home to more than 500 castles? Yes, that’s right, 500 – impressive!
- The official language of Slovenia is Slovenian. Other languages including Hungarian and Italian are also spoken here.
- As part of the European Union, Euro is the official currency of Slovenia.
- Slovenians live for an average of 78 years.
- This largely tree-covered country grows potatoes, wheat, hops and sugar beets; they also rear cattle here.
- Its industry consists of metallurgy, aluminium products, lead and zinc smelting, electronics and truck manufacturing.
- Slovenia exports manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment, food and chemicals.