32 Things that Surprise Foreigners in Slovenia

  1. Slovenia is a land with pure air, clean rivers and excellent food. It is a country with amazing ecology. Coming to Slovenia, a foreigner thinks he is in paradise, a resort or a nature reserve (which is not far from the truth). In Slovenia, you want to breathe deeply and enjoy the surrounding nature.
  2. Every weekend Slovenes go to the mountains. This is a special kind of national recreation, to which everyone has been accustomed since childhood.
  3. Slovenes love different drinks. Not only alcoholic. In their spare time, Slovenes often visit bars and cafes.
  4. There are few smokers in Slovenia. A healthy lifestyle is a nation-specific feature of Slovenia.
  5. However, a glass of wine is always present in the life of a Slovene. “A life-giving droplet,” as they say.
  6. Slovenes do not like gambling, although they sometimes participate in lotteries.
  7. Lunch (malica) is a special, almost sacred ritual. Slovenian schools even hold the Day of Slovene breakfast. It is a holiday, during which children are treated to a traditional lunch (bread with honey and a glass of milk) or other natural food products produced in Slovenia.
  8. Slovenes are very punctual about food. They are used to eat at a strictly specific time.
  9. It is safe to drink tap water almost everywhere in Slovenia.
  10. Slovenes are used to doing everything unhurriedly.
  11. Slovenes like to work industriously in the garden. They do it often for the whole day.
  12. Slovenian women can stop a galloping horse and enter a burning house. They are strong, hardworking, strong-willed and responsible. They are able to be themselves—reliable and faithful companions.
  13. Young people use “strong” expressions in the presence of adults and are not at all ashamed of it.
  14. Many Slovenes aged 50 and above remember the former Yugoslavia with nostalgia and still respect Josip Broz Tito.
  15. Slovenes are non-aggressive people. Street fights are very rare in Slovenia.
  16. Decency is important for Slovenes. They care about what others say about them. Perhaps, this is the reason for their restraint nature.
  17. In communication, Slovenes quickly switch to informal style.
  18. Slovenes are surprised when a young woman married to a Russian man comes to their country.
  19. In Slovenia, the majority of state agencies are open until 4:00 pm. The working day usually starts at 7:30 am. Slovenes are morning persons.
  20. Slovenes are very hospitable people, but it is better to arrange a meeting with them in advance.
  21. Almost all Slovenes are fluent in English.
  22. Slovenes hate being called the Balkan people. For them, this issue has a special cultural and historical meaning.
  23. Slovenes are very proud of everything, which has Slovenian origin, from their nationality to food.
  24. Slovenia has a unique tradition of floral design.
  25. It is customary to fly the national flag above the house of a deceased person.
  26. Slovenes are Catholics. However, they are not fanatics of their belief (unlike the Italians, for example).
  27. Slovenes, as a rule, are not prone to stealing.
  28. In Slovenia, handshake is common for both men and women.
  29. Many Slovenes believe in stereotypes about Russians (for example, they believe that Siberia starts right on the border with Moscow), but they also love Russia and even want to have a trip along the Trans-Siberian Railway.
  30. Many elderly Slovenes still remember the Russian language and can read in Russian a little bit. For young people, the Cyrillic alphabet is almost the same as the Chinese characters.
  31. The flag of Slovenia is quite “native” for a Russian person.
  32. For an unknown reason, many Slovenes have a strong stereotype that the majority of Russians who came to Slovenia are very rich people going on wild spending sprees.

Source: si.rbth.com