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Way of life

Nature and quality of life is what foreigners they like about Slovenia. Slovenia has it all – diverse landscape, cultural heritage, numerous opportunities for sports, many cultural events, excellent cuisine and wine. Slovenes are very interested in culture and many practice various cultural activities as a hobby.

Culture is an important part of everyday lives in Slovenia, so publishers will tell you that most contemporary Slovenian authors are poets. Even though Slovenes like to describe themselves as calm and reserved, they will quickly open up to good food and drink, good company, and even start to sing.

According to the findings on human development around the world in the Human Development Index, Slovenia in 2006 came 27th among 177 countries.

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A great majority of Slovenes live in their own flats or houses and the share of homeowners is among the highest in Europe. Households are not large: a third of the population lives in four-member households, and a good fifth in three-member households. Recently, the share of those living in couples or alone has increased considerably. The prices of real estate, particularly in large towns, are constantly rising.

Over a third of the population lives in towns of more than ten thousand inhabitants. Slovenia’s largest town is its capital, Ljubljana. Other major towns are Maribor, Celje, Koper and Novo mesto. Most people can at the same time enjoy some advantages of rural and urban lifestyles. Slovenes like to build holiday homes in natural settings, away from urban areas, in order to improve the quality of life. One of the most popular hobbies is gardening.

Free time and recreation

Slovene national sport is skiing. The skiing tradition in Slovenia is a long one, as the oldest skis in Central Europe originate from these parts. Slovenian skiers became legends; the most famous is Bojan Križaj. But skiing is not the only popular sport. Many Slovenes are traditionally very keen on mountain hiking and climbing.

There is a great variety of mountaineering options – from hiking on hills of medium altitude to technically and physically demanding mountain climbing. The mountain hiking trails are well-tended and marked. They say that you are not a true Slovene if you have never climbed Slovenia's highest mountain, Mount Triglav (2,864 meters or 87,295 feet). Even the less ambitious enthusiasts believe it is almost a ‘moral’ responsibility that every Slovene ascends Mt Triglav (2,864 m) once in their life. Triglav has been also a source of inspiration for many Slovenian poets, writers, painters and politicians, and it has become the symbol of Slovenehood.

Other very popular sporting activities include cycling, jogging and other outdoor activities, practiced by health-conscious people. Numerous recreational sporting events attest to this popularity. Slovenes are also very keen on various extreme sports as well as other sports.


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