Made in Slovenia

29 Jun 2022, 11:58 AM

STA, 28 June 2022 - A new documentary film on one of the bloodiest clashes of the 1991 ten-day independence war for Slovenia was screened in Slovenj Gradec on Monday. The film revisits the Holmec border crossing affair, in which Slovenian police and soldiers were accused and later cleared of shooting surrendering Yugoslav army personnel.

Entitled The Battle for Holmec - On the Other Side of Blame (Bitka za Holmec - na drugi strani krivde), the documentary by Slovenian film-maker and Boštjan Slatenšek sheds light on the clash that took place on 27 and 28 June 1991 on the Holmec border crossing with Austria which members of the Yugoslav army attempted to seize.

The film features footage of a meeting of the former adversaries 30 years after the incident that claimed two lives among Slovenian police officers defending the crossing with the assistance of the Slovenian Territorial Defence units, and three lives on the side of the Yugoslav army.

Slatenšek told the press that the Holmec clash, which resurfaced as a political scandal in 1999 amid speculations of a possible war crime that were later refuted, had already touched him during the independence war, during which he first served in the Yugoslav Armed Force to soon join the Territorial Defence.

When the war crime allegations began, he felt it "horrific how the state as such did not come to the defence of those subjected to them in a more determined fashion".

He also feels journalists had failed to present the story the way it deserved to be presented, which is why approaching it with a documentary seemed a logical step.

While the feature-length documentary includes a lot of footage of the developments, Slatenšek highlighted testimonies as the crucial element of the film, including "testimony by the opposite side, which I find the film proved to be credible".

A key moment, captured in footage by an Austrian cameraman, is the surrender of a group of Yugoslav soldiers during which shots can be heard. Commenting on it for the documentary, Husein Šabić, who was in charge on the Yugoslav side, said that none of the soldiers seen surrendering had been killed or hurt.

"Nobody shot at these people who were surrendering. And this is what matters .... nobody was wounded, nobody died. It is therefore not possible that a crime took place," said Slatenšek, whose role in the case is also among the topics of the film.

24 Jun 2022, 16:44 PM

STA, 24 June 2022 - Janez Puh (1862-1914), known as Johann Puch abroad, was a prominent Slovenian inventor and industrialist whose Austria-based factory was one of the leading vehicle producers in Europe at the start of the 20th century. His 160th birth anniversary will be marked at a gathering of Puch car owners at his hometown in north-eastern Slovenia on Saturday.

After making a name for himself with his bicycle and motorcycle production, Puh decided to branch out into car production at the turn of the century and developed more than 20 car designs as well as lorries, buses and military vehicles.

Cars designed under the Puch brand proved to be very popular, and some were even used by members of the Austro-Hungarian royal family.

The most successful vehicle was the Type VIII, which was considered the most reliable passenger and ambulance car during World War I and remained in use long after the end of the war.

Puh was born in village of Sakušak, now home to a museum dedicated to him and a pilgrimage site for Puch car enthusiasts.

Today's event there will also mark the opening of new exhibition spaces in the museum, which was founded in 2000. Managed by the Compatriot Janez Puh Juršinci Association, the museum is entirely devoted to Puh's life and work, including his products and patents, Vlado Slodnjak, the association's president, told the STA.

In addition to this one, there is also a museum in Graz dedicated to Puh's achievements.

The get-together is expected to attract many enthusiasts and owners of Puch vehicles from Slovenia and abroad, including twinned associations from France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Many Austrians are also sure to come who find Puh's heritage to be an iconic contribution to the development of the automotive industry.

Some 400 Puch vintage cars and other vehicles are expected to be showcased at the event. The highlights will be the world's oldest Puch moped, dating back to 1903, whose owner comes from Carinthia, Austria, and the oldest preserved Puch car, which is kept in the Technical Museum of Slovenia. It was made between 1914 and 1920 and later converted into a fire engine.

Puh's journey from a bicycle repairman to a pioneer car maker started off in Austria's Graz in the 1880s. Soon he set up his own workshop and manufactured a bicycle called Styria, which achieved excellent results in fiercely competitive international races and even won the famous race from Bordeaux to Paris.

He continued his successful track record in motorcycle and later car production. In 1906, a two-cylinder Puch motorcycle set a record in a race in France with an average speed of 77 kilometres per hour.

By the 1910s, his factory in Graz employed 1,100 workers and produced 16,000 bicycles, 300 motorcycles and 300 car per year.

Puh was also an active member of society, having founded youth scholarships and supported the arts.

Despite his death in 1914, his factory lived on and during WWI it was a major producer of military vehicles. It later merged with other Austrian vehicle manufacturers to form Steyr-Daimler-Puch, which remained a leading car and motorcycle manufacturer until the 1980s.

A total of 19 different patents of Puh are known so far, 13 of which are related to the field of road vehicle technology and six dedicated to typewriters.

Slovenia honoured the inventor with the establishment of the Puh Prize in 2018, which is given out for inventions, development achievements and the use of scientific findings in innovation.

24 Jun 2022, 11:04 AM

STA, 24 June 2022 - A Slovenian network of NGOs that has played a major role in challenging controversial government restrictions during the COVID pandemic is among the recipients of this year's European Citizens' Prize conferred by the European Parliament.

The Legal Network for the Protection of Democracy (Pravna mreža za varstvo demokracije) is among the 30 winners of the prize from 24 countries, the European Parliament announced on Friday.

It has received the recognition for a project supporting individuals and organisations in the use of legal means to challenge measures, procedures and policies that are unlawful, unconstitutional and undemocratic.

The European Parliament noted that the NGO network had been nominated for the prize by citizens, and that the initiative had been established in 2021 on the basis of the values of the protection of democracy and the rule of law.

With legal opinions, positions and calls, the legal network protects democratic, open, free and solidarity-based society, and thus contributes to strengthening the rule of law and protecting democracy, the press release says.

The European Parliament added that the Legal Network for the Protection of Democracy had become one of the most recognisable organisations in the field of the protection of the rule of law in the last year.

It has cooperated with the Polish and Hungarian counterparts that face similar challenges, and has managed to attract young people, which is important in the face of the European Year of Youth 2022, the Parliament said.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place in Brussels on 8 November.

The European Citizens' Prize is conferred annually by the European Parliament for national, cross-border and pan-European projects that promote closer integration and cooperation between the residents of the EU.

The prize also promotes the values of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, such as dignity, equality, solidarity, justice and civil rights and freedoms.

The previous winners from Slovenia include jurist Lovro Šturm, authors Boris Pahor, Alojz Rebula, Drago Jančar and Evgen Bavčar, philosopher and sociologist Spomenka Hribar, humanitarian Tomo Križnar, the Simbioza association, the Union of Pensioner Associations and the Beekepers' Association.

Last year, the prize went to Kristine Modic, the executive director of the Association of Lymphoma and Leukemia Patients, and Samo Zver, the head of the Haematology Department of the UKC Ljubljana hospital.

24 Jun 2022, 09:01 AM

STA, 23 June 2022 - The winner of the 32nd Kresnik Prize for best novel of the year, given out by the publisher Delo, is Roman Rozina. He convinced the jury with his historical novel Sto Let Slepote (Hundred Years of Blindness), portraying the Knap family and the rise and fall of mining in the 20th century.

The main character in the novel is a blind man Matija, who is born just as his family house is starting to sink because of mining and the apocalyptic threat hangs in the air.

According to the publisher Mladinska Knjiga, it is a "historical fresco of the 20th century", a monumental novel that intertwines numerous events from actual history into the broad saga of the Knap family.

The jury said the novel boasted extremely rich and detailed language. "The novel is an insightful portrayal of a time that no longer exists and an environment that is still here, with many reminders that will be preserved - not least because Roman Rozina knows how to see them," the jury said.

"Few people can describe a long century in a single book in a Romanesque way. It is even rarer in Slovenian literature for the turbulent 20th century to be described with such filigree as the writer Roman Rozina has displayed in his 550-page novel Hundred Years of Blindness," it added.

Rozina accepted the award, which comes with a EUR 7,000 cash prize, on Rožnik Hill tonight. He thanked the people and events that contributed to his book and especially readers, as they give meaning to writing.

The other four nominees were Davorin Lenko with his novel Triger, Andrej E. Skubic with Krasni Dnevi (Wonderful Days), Dušan Šarotar with Zvezdna Karta (Star Map) and Marjan Žiberna with Dedič (Heir).

Rozina said he had not seen this as a competition but as an opportunity to socialise and celebrate the holiday of the Slovenian novel.

Delo this year introduced an award for young authors and another for young literary critics in what is a culmination of the Young Pen two-year project.

Sixteen up-and-coming authors have been included in the project with 16 critics assessing their works. The EUR 1,000 Young Pen prize was conferred on poet, writer and translator Tanja Božič and the winning critic is Sašo Puljarević, who will get the opportunity to publish reviews in Delo for a year.

Last year's Kresnik went to Borut Kraševec, who is mostly known as translator, for his debut novel Agni, part love drama, part crime fiction that fuses various voices.

22 Jun 2022, 15:31 PM

STA, 21 June 2022 - Inno Lab, the company that makes crates providing tools for a variety of experiments aiming to make children interested in physics, mathematics and IT, has been declared the best startup in Slovenia for this year.

The Innobox crates do not only expand knowledge and entertain, as they also teach kids about achievements of Slovenian scientists.

Founder Teja Bajt said at Tuesday's award ceremony that it meant a lot to win the national startup competition.

"We all know that there are great technological companies in Slovenia, as well researchers, engineers and other experts, and we need to start developing these talents early."

Inno Lab took part in the TV competition Štartaj Slovenija in 2020 and now it is launching international sales of the Innobox through Italian Amazon.

Addressing the event, Economy Minister Matjaž Han said that raising added value was a priority for him and that this could only be achieved through investments at all levels of development.

Apart from Inno Lab, the shortlist for the Start:Up 2022 award included companies DeltaHub, Epidemic, mPOR and SaleSqueze.

Learn more about the company at its website

20 Jun 2022, 16:51 PM

STA, 20 June 2022 - Animated short Steakhouse by Slovenian director Špela Čadež has won the jury award in the short films competition section at the 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the world's largest event dedicated to animation. This is yet another award for the Slovenian-German-French co-production about domestic violence.

The award is a cherry on top of an impressive festival run for the film, the Slovenian Film Centre (SFC) said in a press release on Monday.

Čadež, one of this year's recipients of the Prešeren Fund Prize, has won a number of awards for Steakhouse (2021), including the best short film award at the 2021 LIFFe film festival in Ljubljana, the Best Animation Technique Award at the 2021 Ottawa International Animation Festival and a Special Mention at the 2022 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

Enjoy a double bill from Špela Čadež…

The film was also nominated in the independent short film category at the 2022 American Animation Awards. Every year Variety, one of the most referenced film magazines, picks top 10 animated shorts they consider the most important in the Annecy main competition, and this year the selection includes Steakhouse, which was named a festival favourite as were two of Čadež's previous short films - Boles (2013) and Nighthawk (2016). Variety also noted that one of the ten films selected is usually nominated for an Oscar.

This year, the Annecy Festival featured two more films that were co-funded by the SFC - Urška Djukić's Granny's Sexual Life in the official animated shorts competition and Miloš Tomić's My Father's Damn Camera! in the perspectives competition section.

15 Jun 2022, 11:58 AM

STA, 13 June 2022 - Ljubljana's Trnovo borough will get a new science centre in 2024, a demonstration facility dedicated to the promotion and popularisation of science, research, technology, and lifelong learning. The EUR 26 million project will be co-funded from the state budget, EU and municipal funds.

The centre will offer experiments and demonstrations of major achievements in science, culture, and economy with a plethora of interactive gadgets.

It will put on display innovative products made in Slovenia and visitors will be able to learn about breakthrough advances in science in a comprehensive and interesting way.

Designed as a collection of pavilions and single-storey buildings, it will cover roughly 11,000 square metres between Barjanska and Riharjeva streets in Ljubljana.

The total value of the project is around EUR 26 million, with EUR 16 million to come from the European Regional Development Fund.

The rest of the funds will be provided by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, while the municipality of Ljubljana chipping in EUR 924,000 for municipal infrastructure.

Construction works are scheduled to start in February 2023, to be completed by December 2024, says a decree unanimously adopted by the city council on Monday.

The first phase will entail a footpath and maintenance of green areas, and street lighting, followed by measures to reduce traffic along Riharjeva and Barjanska streets, and arranging public transport to and from the area.

The council's also decided to name two new parks in the capital.

Park Gazel, which translated as the park of fast growing companies, will be landscaped near the Technology Park in Brdo borough.

The city centre will get Park of the Erased, in honour of the people who were erased from the register of permanent residents in 1992 after Slovenia declared independence.

15 Jun 2022, 11:44 AM

STA, 14 June 2022 - A recently-found manuscript from the 12th century has turned out to be the second-oldest known document in Slovenian after the famous Freising Manuscripts. In a surprising twist, it was confirmed that the numerals from one to ten are written in the early Slovenian language, public broadcaster TV Slovenija reported on Sunday.

Apart from the Freising Manuscripts, which date back to the period around 1000 AD, the early forms of Slovenian have so far been documented through geographical and personal names.

The analysis has confirmed that the recently-discovered Heiligenkreutz manuscript, which is kept at the monastery of the same name in Austria, can now join the company of these documents in what was a surprise for the local linguists in Austria.

It all started last year when a Polish scientific journal published an article on numerals from one to ten written in a Slavic language that had been found in the Latin manuscript.

Slovenian linguist Matej Šekli then confirmed that the language used was early Slovenian, which was typical for the area between the eastern Alps and the Danube river at the time.

Slovenian linguist Marko Snoj told TV Slovenija that "every such finding is surprising and delightful because you can see that Slovenian was indeed once quite a big European language". At the time of Protestantism, Slovenians were 14th in Europe with a Bible translated into their language and 9th with their own grammar.

A scribe who wrote down the numerals wrote three other manuscripts at the monastery as well as manuscripts at the Rein Abbey, which had close contacts with the Stična monastery in Slovenian lands. It is for this reason that they could have been written down by a Slovenian scribe from Stična, the public broadcaster said.

The Freising Manuscripts, kept at the Bavarian State Library in Germany, remain the oldest Slovenian language text and the first Latin-script text in any Slavic language.

Taking up nine pages of a larger Church codex written in Latin, they feature three complete liturgies written in the Slovenian as spoken at the time. Two texts are translations of Old High German Confession formulas and the third is a sermon on sin and penance.

08 Jun 2022, 12:23 PM

STA, 8 June 2022 - Anita Šumer, who has triggered a sourdough bread craze with her first book on the topic, won the prestigious Best of the Best Gourmand World Cookbook 2021 award at the beginning of the month for her latest book Umetnost Krašenja Kruha (The Art of Bread Decoration), media have reported.

She accepted the award, which is considered the Oscar for cookbooks, in the town of Umea in Sweden.

Šumer's third book, which presents a number of techniques for decorating bread and baking tricks, was selected as the best among 1,558 books from more than 200 countries. It was nominated in as many as five categories, web portal 24ur.com reported.

This is the first time a Slovenian cookbook won the Best of the Best title at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, according to the portal.

Edouard Cointreau, the head of the jury, said the book was an excellent work of several authors and was magnificent content-wise and artistically.

"Anita Šumer is becoming globally known for living her mission and vision. She has also impressed British publisher Anne Dolamore of Grub Street, who is, in my opinion, one of the world's greatest connoisseurs of cookbook authors. I would recommend this book to all book lovers, and it is truly a must read for passionate bakers," added Cointreau.

The book presents five techniques for decorating bread and various techniques for rolling dough. All of them are also presented in videos, which can be accessed via QR-codes. The book features 220 photographies by Nik Jarh, stylised by Barbara Remec, while Petja Montanez was in charge of design.

"I am incredibly happy and grateful that the jury of the competition has recognised all the effort, knowledge, intertwining of tradition and innovation, and the great love that the whole team has put into this artistic project. That they recognised the sunshine and positive energy that radiates from the book and that attracts readers and baking enthusiasts to create their own bread artwork" said Šumer as she received the award.

Her book about sourdough bread Drožomanija (Sourdoughmania) earned her two Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards in 2019. Learn more here

23 May 2022, 14:02 PM

STA, 23 May 2022 - Love In Plane Sight, a short film by Slovenian arts student Matej Rimanić, has won one of the two main prizes of the Tik Tok competition organised at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time this year.

The short comedy by Rimanić, a third year student at the University of Nova Gorica School of Arts, tells the story of a future couple who talk across balconies.

@rimanic Love In Plane Sight #TikTokShortFilm #fyp #fypシ #foryoupage ♬ Love In Plane Sight Short Film - rimanic

"Filmmaking is a team sport, so this win is not just for me, it's for everybody involved in the project," Rimanić said about the award for the film, which also involved Nik Kranjec as director of photography, Eva Mlakar as the actress alongside Rimanić, sound designer Alen Fekonja and consultant Luka Jurinčič.

"Personally, I hope this award will open the door to the wider world of filmmaking to me, as I want to work professionally in this field on a global level," the Slovenian Film Centre moreover quoted Rimanić as saying on Monday.

The Tik Tok section featured videos between 30 seconds and three minutes in length. It involved contributions from 44 countries and was viewed by 4.5 billion people worldwide.

12 May 2022, 17:54 PM

It isn't always easy to find work as an immigrant, which is why so many start their own businesses and thus add to the vitality and vigour of the countries they settle in. Such is the case with Werner and Nardia, founders of Adriatic Elements. Curious to learn more, we got in touch with couple and asked some questions...

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Tell us about your journey. Why Slovenia ?

We are originally from Cape Town, South Africa, where in 2016, Nardia started the now well known “Leaf Jou” brand of handmade natural products. Five years later we decided to relocate as a family to Slovenia and from this Adriatic Elements was born. We could not resist Slovenia’s emerald waters, beautiful mountains and clean air to call home. We now source the elements needed to manufacture Nardia’s natural products right here in the heart of Europe. We found Slovenians to be connected to Mother Nature on many levels, be it their love of hiking and the outdoors , or growing their own organic vegetables in urban gardens all over Slovenia.

What products do you make ?

The first products to be produced right here in Slovenia are our 100% natural dishwasher tablets. They are made of biodegradable ingredients, are vegan friendly and packed in a biodegradable, compostable container. Customers love the lemongrass aroma of the essential oil in the tablets.

We also make biodegradable laundry powder that are unscented, contains no sulphates or phthalates and is compatible with grey water systems.  Suitable for sensitive or allergy prone skin.

Watch this space as we are working on launching our natural bubble bath powder, laundry softener and solid dish washing soap bar in the near future.

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What do you like about Slovenia the most ?

As a family we love the balance between work, play and family time. We love the outdoors, natural beauty and proximity of the elements, including the Adriatic that inspires us to develop new products that are friendly to the environment.

How are you finding the language ?

Challenging but not insurmountable! We are practicing and learning new words on a daily basis. It is important to us to engage every client or potential customer in their mother tongue. Our labels are also all in Slovene, since the products are proudly made in Slovenia.  

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Why do you think people need these products ?

There is no Planet B. We still have time to save and renew what we have. We believe Slovenia is proof of this, by nurturing your environment and making conscious and sustainable choices.

What is your vision for the company ?

Moving away from harmful everyday chemical products has been our mission since day one. The prevalence of carcinogenic ingredients in cleaning products we use in and around our homes and bodies are frightening.  We decided to change the world and people’s consumer habits one product at a time. The natural alternatives just make so much more sense:  no harm to you, your children or the environment.

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coming soon...bubble bath powder

Where can people try or buy your products ?

You can visit our website www.adriaticelements.com or drop us a mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for sales, trade enquiries, samples or just to chat. We will also be selling our products in Health and Bio stores, including Trgovina Suzana in Radovljica, at Ulica Staneta Žagarja 2b.

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