… that Slovenia is among the most biologically diversecountries in the world? Slovenia accounts for less than 0.004% of the Earth’s surface but is home to more than 1% of all living creatures and 2% of terrestrial creatures. A total of 24,000 animal species.
… that Slovenia is the third most forested country in Europe? Almost 60% of its territory is covered by forest. In recent decades, the proportion of forest has been increasing, since every year we plant over 1,200,000 trees.
… that over one third of Slovenia’s territory is protected and included in the Europe-wide Natura 2000 network, which protects biodiversity?
… that 4,000 years ago the Ljubljansko Barje Nature Park was a lake and that pile-dwellerslived on it? Thanks to its conserved natural environment, it is today famous as an internationally important bird sanctuary. Over a hundred species of birds nest here, and over a hundred species visit the area during migration or in order to overwinter.
… that the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park is the only Slovenian wetland area on the UNESCOlist of wetlands of international importance? Today only a small section of the saltworks, which are more than 700 years old, is still used to make salt, but in the abandoned areas we find a treasury of plant and animal life, including the Etruscan shrew, the smallest mammal in the world!
… that Slovenia has one of the largest brown bear populations in Europe? Between 500 and 700 bears, it is believed.
… that Slovenia is one of the richest countries in Europe in terms of water? It has almost 27,000 kilometres of rivers, streams and other watercourses. It also has numerous thermal and mineral springs and many subterranean waters.
… that Maribor, Slovenia’s second-largest city, is home to the oldest vine in the world? Although it is over four hundred years old, its Žametna Črnina grapes still produce 25 litres of wine every year.
… that the linden or linden leaf is an important symbol of Slovenians? The Najevnik Linden in Koroška is said to be over 780 years old. Each August, for the last 20 years, the country’s leading political figures have gathered at the tree.