Celebrations and national holidays:
- Prešeren’s day (poet). A day off work. February 8th.
- Prvomajski prazniki: a period between April 27th (Resistance Day) and May 2nd (May Day), most Slovenians will not work during this period. It is not a good time to try to set up business meetings.
- Dec 25th (Christmas) and 26th (independence)
Celebrities you should know:
- Tina Maze, ski champion
- Petra Majdič: downhill skier
- Peter Prevc, ski jump champion
- Davo Krničar, alpinist and extreme skier
- Martin Strel – Marathon swimmer
- Matevž Lenarčič – pilot, ultralight plane, flew 3 times around the world
- Benka Pulko – world traveller, by bike
- Melanija Knavs (Trump), wife of the US President
- Laibach – the band
- Slavoj Žižek, philosopher
Food: taboos and favourites
- Potica – if it is cake, it must be Potica.
- Leon Štukelj – 6 olympic medals, died 101 years in very good health
- Dr. France Rode – inventor of the pocket calculator (not to be confused with Franc Rode, cardinal in Vatican)
- marljivost, marljiv (male) marljiva (female) (meaning “hard-working”)
Landmarks and places of cultural significance:
- Blejski otok (Bled island)
- Postojnjska jama (cave),
- Triglav (highest mountain, symbol of survival and being a real Slovenian)
Language skills and foreigners:
- English – everybody in business
- German if doing business with Germany, Slovenia’s number 1 person
- Serbo-Croatian – people born in the 1960s or before., below 35 don’t even understand it
- French (around Revoz – Renault) – Novo mesto
- Italian – near the border with Italy
- Hungarian – near the border with Hungary
Symbols of identity:
- The Slovenian language (since 1991 this is no longer secondary or suppressed). Anyone who learns this language in later life can expect a warm welcome.