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Some interesting facts about Slovenia

Green is the colour of the Slovenian DNA – in many ways.
In 2021, Slovenia will become the European Region of Gastronomy

In 2021, Slovenia will become the European Region of Gastronomy | Author GettyImages/GulliverFilm&Foto

Often referred to as the land of forests, Slovenia has almost 60% of its territory wooded, making it the third-most-forested country in Europe, and one of the greenest in the world.

Capital city Ljubljana is a proud holder of the title 2016 European Green Capital and has just been recognised as a Tree City of the World. It is also the first European capital to commit to going zero-waste.

Slovenians like to say that they are as busy as bees, which genuinely holds true: Slovenia is the most passionate beekeeping country in the EU (it has almost five beekeepers per 1,000 people). On Slovenia’s initiative, the United Nations proclaimed 20 May as World Bee Day, a day for raising awareness of the extraordinary role bees play in the survival of humankind.

Slovenia is also one of the most environmentally-friendly countries in the world. According to the Good Country Index, it ranks fourth among 153 countries in terms of its positive contribution to the planet and the climate. Great efforts have also been made in terms of sustainability. This is why, in the field of tourism, Slovenia ranks among the world’s top sustainable countries to visit.

For the past decade, Slovenia has actively developed sustainable forms of tourism and established the Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism - the central mechanism in developing and promoting sustainable tourism in Slovenia – which has become a role model for the rest of the world.