Slovenia – the land of beekeeping

If you are a honey lover, your "axe will (definitely) fall into honey" when you visit Slovenia. This Slovenian proverb, which refers to a sudden, unexpected happiness or success, will surely prove to be true when you get to know the honey experiences of this green country. The Slovenian beekeeping tradition is rich and strongly rooted in people's consciousness. This is the home of the Carniolan honeybee, an autochthonous Slovenian bee, which is considered one of the most widespread honeybees in the world.

 

Beekeeping is in our genes

Slovenians have always been bee experts. The most important figure of Slovenian beekeeping is Anton Janša, the first beekeeping teacher at the Vienna imperial court, who in the 18th century completely revised the hitherto beekeeping methods based on his findings and laid the foundations of modern beekeeping. Janša's birthday, 20 May, was declared World Bee Day at the initiative of Slovenian beekeepers.

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Beekeeping is in our genes

Beekeeping is in our genes

Slovenians have always been bee experts. The most important figure of Slovenian beekeeping is Anton Janša, the first beekeeping teacher at the Vienna imperial court, who in the 18th century completely revised the hitherto beekeeping methods based on his findings and laid the foundations of modern beekeeping. Janša's birthday, 20 May, was declared World Bee Day at the initiative of Slovenian beekeepers.

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Bee products for health and well-being

Honey and other bee products have a beneficial effect on health and well-being. Various apitherapy methods will help improve your health. In a typical Slovenian apiary, you can discover the secret of beekeepers' long life by inhaling the wonderful aromas of bee products while listening to the buzzing of bees. Honey wellness might very well be your path to a healthy and beautiful appearance, of which even the famous Egyptian beauty Cleopatra was well aware.

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Honey culinary experiences

In Slovenian cuisine, you will come across honey at every step. It was once used primarily as a sweetener, but in modern cuisine you will also find it in other dishes. Due to its positive effects on well-being, it also has an important place in folk "medicine".

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The genuine taste of honey from Slovenia

Slovenian honey and certain local types of honey enjoy various forms of protection in Europe.

Slovenian honey bears the mark of a protected geographical indication. Such honey is produced throughout the entire territory of Slovenia and is distinguished by its exceptional variety and quality.

Kočevje forest honey with a protected designation of origin comes from the vast Kočevje forests, characterised by their varied floristic composition.

Karst honey is considered to be of very high quality. Due to the mild climatic conditions and favourable microclimate, it is dry and ripe and very rich in minerals and enzymes.

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Slovenian beekeepers are making every effort to ensure that young generations in kindergartens and primary schools are aware of the importance of bees and beekeeping. For many years, every third Friday in November, children have been served a Traditional Slovenian Breakfast, which includes honey in addition to homemade butter, apples, black bread and milk. The project has spread across the borders of Slovenia and was launched through the European Honey Breakfast initiative in many European countries and beyond.

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Folk art on beehive panels

Painted beehive panels are a characteristic feature of Slovenian beekeeping and an expression of folk art. Beekeepers used to express their artistic creativity on these panels. The oldest are motifs with a religious theme, but later secular motifs appeared that reflected everyday life, historical events and also some humorous stories. The art of painting beehive panels has been proposed for entry in the UNESCO Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Connected to nature

The rich tradition of beekeeping in Slovenia is just one of the things that demonstrates our close connection to nature and care for its conservation.

 

Green story of Slovenia

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Green story of Slovenia

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Slovenia = a land of sustainable cuisine

Enjoy cuisine that is devoted to the local environment and people.

Slovenia = a land of sustainable cuisine

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Green practices of Slovenian cities for a better quality of life

Green Slovenian cities raise the quality of life in the urban environment by adopting a sustainability-oriented approach.

Green practices of Slovenian cities for a better quality of life

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Activities that place Slovenia among the world’s top green destinations

Discover what makes Slovenia one of the world’s leading green destinations.

Activities that place Slovenia among the world’s top green destinations

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Made and bought in Slovenia

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Made and bought in Slovenia

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Savouring Slovenian Tradition

Discover the richness of Slovenian cuisine and its geographically protected peculiarities

Savouring Slovenian Tradition

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Slovenia’s flavourful wellness experiences

Try various wellness programmes, which use very tasty ingredients.

Slovenia’s flavourful wellness experiences

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Local high-quality brands in green destinations

Choose local quality brands in green destinations marketing short supply chains and interesting local delicacies.

Local high-quality brands in green destinations

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Follow the bees

Follow the bees

Get to know the land of bees, beekeepers and honey love. Certified beekeeping providers, tourist farms, places of original ethnological heritage and green nature await you in Slovenia. Draw your own Slovenian beekeeping trail!



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