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Conservation Facts

Population: 1.9 million
Total Area: 20.273 km2
Population density: 95 per km2
Protected Area: >33%
National Parks: 1
“NATURA 2000” sites: 286
Largest Nature reserve: Triglav National Park 838 km2

Resident Photographers:

Arne Hodalic

Visiting Photographers:

Daniel Zupanc

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Despite its small size Slovenia is the only country in Europe that has it all: the Alps, the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Basin. And on top of it all, one of the most exciting basements in the world: an amazing underground paradise of rivers and caves, carved out in the Dinaric Karst over aeons of time.

On higher grounds visitors will find that almost 60% of Slovenia is forested, the third-highest level in Europe. And Europe’s new Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik, is proud to say that more than a third of his home country is protected, the highest amount of the EU countries. 286 Natura 2000 sites are a harbour for Slovenia’s habitats and species biodiversity. For a good reason: as compared to its size Slovenia is one of the most species-rich countries in Europe.

Founded in 1981 and reaching up to 2,864 m, Triglav National Park is the only national park in Slovenia but was already established as an Alpine protection area in 1924. There are more than 400 peaks of 2,000 m and more and a famous glacial lake, Lake Bohinj.
The opaque blue waters of River Soca and its tributaries host a wonderful variety of fish, among them the endemic and at the same time endangered Marmorata trout, which can grow to more than 1,2 meters. Many of Slovenia’s rivers run underground, constantly working on an amazing array of caves, some of them the size of cathedrals. This hidden world is home to one of Europe’s strangest creatures, the Olm or Proteus, an ancient, ivory coloured amphibium with external gills that can survive without food for several years...Despite being blind the species has one of most fascinating sets of chemo-mechano-photo-and-electro receptors in the whole animal kingdom.

And did you know: bee-keeping is a vital part of the natural and cultural heritage of Slovenia. The Carniolan honeybee is indigenous to the country and nowadays the second-most widespread sub-species of the honey bee in the world. The bee is protected in Slovenia, the only EU country to do so.