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NATIONAL FLAG

Slovenia's national flag is white, blue and red and bears the Slovenian coat of arms. Colours represent national colours of the historical region of the Duchy of Carniola.

COAT OF ARMS

Three gold stars are the symbols of the Celje counts, the last great dynasty in Slovenian history. Below in white is the outline of Mount Triglav and the wavy blue lines represent the sea and rivers.

PARLIAMENT

Home of the National Assembly, the general representative body of Slovenia, which is composed of 90 deputies. Slovenia is a parliamentary democracy republic.

TRIGLAV

The highest peak in the country and national pride ( 2.864 m / 9,396 ft ).  Slovenians say that you are not a real Slovenian if you were not at Triglav.

TRADITIONAL DRESS

Each region in Slovenia has its traditional dress (national costume). which is ussualy not used in everyday life, but at various folk festivals and events. In the pcture is Upper Carniolan costume.

FOLK MUSIC

Most popular folk music is polka - music that is performed by groups of musicians, mostly dressed in national costumes. The lead instrument is the piano accordion followed by clarinet and others.

HAYRACK

Hayracks are woden structures for drying and preserving animal fodder and are typical for the Slovenian countryside. There are several variations of different types of hayracks.

400 YEARS OLD VINE

Slovenia is a wine country and in Maribor (the second largest city in Slovenia and the capital of Styria - one of the wine-groving regions) is located the oldest - over 400 years old - vine in the world.

PLANICA

Planica is an alpine valley in NW Slovenia famous for ski jumping (the highest ski jumping hill in the world!). Every year hosts the Ski Jumping World Cup season finale which became an unofficial holiday.

SKIING

Skiing is a Slovenian national sport with a long tradition amd many successful skiers in the World Cup. Therefore Slovenia has many skiers and ski resorts.

  

KURENTI or KORANTI

Kurenti (or Koranti) are the most popular carnival characther from east part of Styria. The most famous carnival with this carnival figur (and many others ) is in Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town.

CARNIOLAN BEE

Slovenia is a nation of beekeepers and Carniolan bee is their Queen. May 20 became the World Bee Day on the initiative of the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association.

IDRIJA LACE

Idrija, a small mining town in western Slovenia, is the home of famous bobbin lace - Idrija lace. The Idrija Lace Festival is held every year in June and is dedicated to the traditional craft of lacemaking.  

OLM or HUMAN FISH

Also known as Proteus (Proteus anguinus) is the only cave-dwelling vertebrate in Europe and the largest cave animal in the world. In Slovenia you can find it in the Karst underground world (caves).