Latest News from Slovenia

Domestic electricity covers only 75% of country’s needs

Ljubljana – Electricity generated in Slovenia met 74.4% of the country’s needs in the first half of the year, down 12 percentage points from the same period in last year for what had been the lowest consumption-generation rate in the last 10 years, the latest data from the Infrastructure Ministry show.

Slovenian artist wins Piran Grand Prix

Piran – Matic Moškon, a young Slovenian artist, has won the Grand Prix at the Piran Ex-Tempore workshop in the seaside town of Piran for a painting entitled Just an Observer.

Despite his youth, Moškon’s work “exhibits the quality of psychological introspection,” the jury said as the awards were declared on Saturday evening.

One of world’s smallest manned helicopters made in W Slovenia

Tolmin – More than a decade ago Miro Črv started developing a small coaxial helicopter at his home in the hills of western Slovenia. This year his product is being shipped to buyers world-wide, mostly to the US.

The SCH-2A is one of the lightest manned coaxial helicopters in the world. Mirocopter, the business established by Črv, will sell about ten of them this year.

One dead, three wounded in shooting near Novo Mesto

Novo Mesto – One person died and three were wounded in a shooting near Brezje, an informal Roma settlement in Novo Mesto area, on Saturday night. The suspect was arrested this morning, Novo Mesto police said.

The suspect, a 25-year-old man, appears to have shot dead a 22-year-old man from Novo Mesto along the main road between Mirna Peč and Novo Mesto.

Second win for Slovenia at the Eurobasket

Cologne – Slovenia easily defeated Hungary 103:88 (29:16, 54:33, 88:60) in the second round of play at the Eurobasket on Saturday night.

The team started out with a 18:2 run and opened a 24-point gap by the first half, allowing coach Aleksander Sekulić to give the top players some rest ahead of the deciding games.

European Days of Jewish Culture open in Maribor

Maribor – The Maribor Synagogue will hold open day on Sunday to kick start a series of events celebrating the annual European Days of Jewish Culture in Slovenia. This year the events focus on the theme of renewal.

Slovenia make it to quarter-final of Volleyball Worlds

Ljubljana – Slovenia sailed past Germany 3:1 (18, 19, -21, 22) on Saturday to secure a berth in the quarter-final of the World Volleyball Championship for the first time ever.

Slovenia had dominated Germany in the preliminary round just days ago but this time the game was much more equal.

Smell of saute potato wafting through Bled

Bled – Smells of saute potato made with onions in “more than 99 ways” are wafting through Bled on Saturday as the lakeside town hosts the 22nd annual world festival of this traditional Slovenian dish.

Frying started at 9am with the official opening of the festival to follow at noon. Free tastings will be available into the late afternoon, along with other culinary delights.

Afghan refugee wants to fight for Slovenia in Olympics

Maribor – Mohammad Dawood Rezai left his home in Afghanistan at the age of 14. He could have hardly imagined then that almost seven years on his goal would be to appear in the Olympic boxing tournament for Slovenia, the country he had not heard of before arriving here in February 2016.

Slovenian community in Croatia come together for annual meeting

Delnice – More than 300 members of the Slovenian community in Croatia turned out for their 18th annual meeting, organised by the Union of Slovenian Associations in Croatia in the Golubinjak Forest Park near Delnice on Saturday.

Dnevnik laments lack of substance in Slovenia’s foreign policy

Ljubljana – Soon to be one hundred days into its term, the government’s biggest foreign policy achievement it to have moved the country away from the Visegrad Quarter. In other areas, visible shifts or achievements are nowhere to be seen, Dnevnik comments on Saturday.

The Level of Purchase of Electric Cars in Bulgaria is still Low

About 2% are the electric cars in Bulgaria and the purchase of electric cars in the country is still at quite low levels. In EU countries this year, the percentage of fully electric cars exceeded 10% of the total number of cars.

Slovenia to get R&D centre for carbon-free technologies

Zagorje ob Savi – The National Institute of Chemistry will build a development centre for carbon-free technologies in the Zasavje region, north-east, it announced on Friday.

The centre will develop all technologies for the green transition, such as hydrogen and carbon capture and conversion technologies, and advanced battery technologies.

Losing public support means losing elections, Mladina says

Ljubljana – Commenting on Freedom Movement candidate Marta Kos withdrawing from the presidential race, the weekly Mladina suggests the party’s campaign was ill-timed, warning that small defeats had also done in former prime ministers Marjan Šarec and Miro Cerar.

Discussion highlights serious wastewater issues in mountain areas

Ljubljana – Calls to restrict the ever growing hiking industry in Slovenia’s mountains were heard at a press conference by environmental group Cipra Slovenija, which highlighted serious issues with waste water management. Compounded by climate change, pollution is affecting streams and could threaten access to drinking water, experts warned.