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Republic of Slovenia Europe Ljubljana 1,988,292 inhabitants 20,273 sq km 98.08 inhabitants/sq km euros (EUR) population evolution

Famous people from Slovenia

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Slavoj Žižek

Philosopher

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and a professor of philosophy and psychoanalysis at the European Graduate School. In July 2013, he was appointed as an Eminent Scholar at Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea. He writes widely on a diverse range of topics, including political theory, film theory, cultural studies, theology and psychoanalysis. Žižek achieved international recognition as a social theorist after the 1989 publication of his first book in English, The Sublime Object of Ideology, which disputed a Marxist interpretation of ideology as false consciousness and argued for ideology as an unconscious fantasy that structures reality. Politically, Žižek advocates communism as the only alternative to the contemporary institutional arrangements. Although he considers himself a political radical and critic of neoliberalism, his political thought represents only one of two trajectories of a progressive alternative—either a return to the program of socialism, which Žižek advocates, or the proposal of an alternative vision of social arrangements, which is taken up by some of his contemporaries.

Grega Žemlja

Tennis Player

Grega Žemlja is a tennis player from Slovenia. He has won five singles titles and one doubles title on the ATP Challenger Tour. In 2012 he reached the 3rd round of the US Open, the first Slovenian male player ever to reach that stage in the Grand Slam tournament. He is also the first Slovenian ATP player who in 2013 reached 3rd round of the Wimbledon. He reached his highest #43 ATP ranking in singles on May 22, 2013 and becoming first Slovene ATP player in TOP 50. He became the first Slovene ATP player earning over 1 million US dollars in prize money and he is the highest paid Slovene ATP player in history. He represents his country as a member of Slovenia Davis Cup team.

Katarina Srebotnik

Tennis Player

Katarina Srebotnik is a Slovenian professional tennis player. Srebotnik is right-handed, 1.80 m, weighs 65 kg and lives in Dubai. She reached a career-high ranking of No. 20 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour on August 7, 2006. Srebotnik won 4 singles titles on the WTA-tour and was a steady top 30 player for several years. However, she had her best results on the doubles circuit, winning 30 titles, including one doubles Grand Slam title, as well as five Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles. She reached the no. 1 position on the WTA doubles ranking on July 4, 2011.

Željko Ražnatović

Politician

Željko Ražnatović, better known as Arkan was a Serbian paramilitary leader from Montenegro, who was notable for organizing and leading a paramilitary force in the Yugoslav Wars. He was on Interpol's most wanted list in the 1970s and 1980s for robberies and murders committed in a number of countries across Europe and was later indicted by the UN for crimes against humanity for his role during the Yugoslav Wars. Arkan was assassinated in 2000 before his trial.

Tina Maze

Alpine skier

Tina Maze is a Slovenian World Cup alpine ski racer. She is one of just 6 women who have won in all five World Cup events and one of three women who have won in all five disciplines in a single season. Maze has 22 World Cup victories and is the current world champion in Super-G. She was the world champion in giant slalom in 2011, and won the overall World Cup in the 2013 season. In this season, she listed 11 victories and won a record number of World Cup points – 2414, beating the previous record of Hermann Maier of 2000 points from the 2000 season. In that season, she won the Super-G and Giant Slalom titles, finished first in the Combined event and finished second in Slalom and Downhill. Maze also improved previous Maier's record of podium finishes in a single season with 24 podiums. In 2005, 2010, and 2011, she was awarded the title of the best Slovenian female athlete of the year.

Sasha Vujačić

Basketball Shooting guard

Aleksandar "Sasha" Vujačić is a Slovenian professional basketball player who last played for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League. Throughout his career, he has also played in Italy and the United States. Though he has played the point guard position in Europe, he found more playing time at the shooting guard spot while in the Lakers' triangle offense.

Samir Handanović

Soccer

Samir Handanović is a Slovenian footballer, who plays as a goalkeeper for Italian club Inter Milan and the Slovenia national football team. He played for Udinese between 2004 and 2012. During the course of the 2010–11 Serie A season, he has saved a total of six penalty shots, tying an all-time league record set in the 1948–49 season. Having previously represented Slovenia's under-19 and under-21 team, Handanović made his senior international debut in 2004. His older cousin Jasmin Handanović is also a goalkeeper who plays for the Slovenian national team.

Giuseppe Tartini

Composer

Giuseppe Tartini was an Italian Baroque composer and violinist.

Polona Hercog

Tennis Player

Polona Hercog is a Slovenian tennis player. Her highest ranking is No. 35 in singles and No. 56 in doubles. Hercog has won four WTA Tour titles; two each in singles and doubles. She also enjoyed success on the ITF Circuit, winning ten singles and five doubles titles. She is the Slovenian No. 1 in women's tennis. Partnering with Jessica Moore, she won the 2008 French Open and Wimbledon Championships junior titles in the doubles competition.

Hugo Wolf

Opera Artist

Hugo Wolf was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin, particularly noted for his art songs, or lieder. He brought to this form a concentrated expressive intensity which was unique in late Romantic music, somewhat related to that of the Second Viennese School in concision but diverging greatly in technique. Though he had several bursts of extraordinary productivity, particularly in 1888 and 1889, depression frequently interrupted his creative periods, and his last composition was written in 1898, before he suffered a mental collapse caused by syphilis.

Blaž Kavčič

Tennis Player

Blaž Kavčič is a Slovenian professional tennis player, turned professional in 2005. He considers clay his favourite surface. He was the highest ranked Slovenian male player ever, achieving a career-high of World No. 68 in August 2012. He became first Slovenian ATP singles player to: achieve a Top 100 ranking, win a Grand Slam main draw match and perform at the Summer Olympics. He became the second Slovene ATP player earning over 1 million US dollars in prize money.

DJ Umek

Tech house Artist

Uroš Umek born May 16, 1976 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, better known as DJ Umek or simply Umek, is a Slovenian dance-music composer and DJ. Umek began DJing in 1993 at the age of 17 years. He was among the pioneers of the electronic music in Slovenia. Umek became famous by techno-supporters in Europe about 2001, for his fast mixing skills and his uplifting dj-sets. In the later years he changed his style a little bit. He has released a large number of EPs and anthems and has a reputation as an innovator. In 2006 he released a single "Posing as me" which was a big hit in Slovenia and in 2007 another video supported project with a Croatian singer and lyrics writer Anđa Marić Carbon Occasions. He is known to play the music from 4 turntables simoultaneously. On his birthday May 16 he organises a musical event called Dan elektronike (Electronica day). He is the owner of 2 record labels called Consumer recreation and Recycled loops. He was ranked at position 29 of the TOP 100 DJs for the year 2007 by the DJ Magazine. Some people regard Umek as one of the Top 10 Techno DJs in the world. He performed an Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1 in November 2007.

Goran Dragić

Basketball Point guard

Goran Dragić is a Slovenian professional basketball guard with the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. Dragić is 6 ft 3 in in height and weighs 190 lb. He plays at both the point guard and shooting guard positions. He signed with the Phoenix Suns of the NBA on September 22, 2008. On February 24, 2011 the Suns traded Dragić to the Houston Rockets with a first round lottery protected draft pick for point guard Aaron Brooks. However, Dragić decided to return to the Suns during the 2012 NBA free agency period.

Beno Udrih

Basketball Point guard

Beno Udrih is a Slovenian professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the NBA. He previously played in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, and Orlando Magic.

Anže Kopitar

Professional Ice hockey Player

Anže Kopitar, nicknamed Kopi, is a Slovenian professional ice hockey center and alternate captain of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL in 2006. Kopitar has spent his entire career with the Kings and has led the team in scoring for five consecutive seasons. Kopitar played junior hockey for his hometown team HK Acroni Jesenice before moving to Sweden at age 16 to play in a more competitive league. He spent one season with the junior teams of the Södertälje SK organization, and then with the senior team of the top-level Elitserien. He moved to North America to join the Kings in 2006, a year after he was drafted, and he finished fourth in the Calder Trophy voting his rookie year. Kopitar's dynamic offensive talent allowed him to immediately become Los Angeles' best offensive weapon, but in recent seasons he has improved his defensive game and emerged as one of the NHL's premier two-way forwards. Kopitar helped win the first Stanley Cup championship in Kings history in 2012. Internationally, he has represented the Slovenian national team in several junior and senior tournaments.

Matjaž Kek

Soccer

Matjaž Kek is a former Slovenian footballer and current manager of Croatian club HNK Rijeka. He is the former manager of the Slovenia national team.

Aljaž Bedene

Tennis Player

Aljaž Bedene is a Slovenian tennis player. He won five Futures and five Challenger singles titles. In doubles he won one Challenger title and two Futures titles. Aljaž is right handed and has a two-handed backhand. He is a member of the Slovenia Davis Cup team. His highest ranking is No. 71 in singles and No. 136 in doubles.

Nino Benvenuti

Professional Boxer

Giovanni Benvenuti, better known as Nino Benvenuti, is an Italian former boxer who is considered by many, including noted boxing writer Brian Doogan, to be the greatest boxer ever from Italy. At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Benvenuti earned the Welterweight division's gold medal and the Val Barker trophy as the Games' best boxer. At the end of his amateur career he had a record of 120 wins and 1 loss. In a brief acting career, he appeared in such films as Sundance and the Kid.

Tim Matavž

Soccer

Tim Matavž is a Slovenian football player who plays as a striker for the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.

Željko Ivanek

Actor

Željko Ivanek is a Slovenian-born American actor of Croatian descent, known for his role as Ray Fiske on Damages, for which he won an Emmy Award. Ivanek is also known for his role of Ed Danvers on Homicide: Life on the Street and Homicide: The Movie, Governor James Devlin on Oz, Andre Drazen on 24, Blake Sterling on the short-lived NBC series The Event, and Emile Danko on Heroes.

Fredi Bobic

Soccer

Fredi Bobic is a former German football player of Slovene and Croatian descent. He works as board representative for sport for Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart.

Robert Koren

Soccer Midfielder

Robert Koren is a Slovenian footballer, who plays as a midfielder for Hull City. Koren earned 61 caps and scored 5 goals for Slovenia between 2003 and 2012, playing at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Erazem Lorbek

Basketball Center

Erazem Lorbek is a Slovenian professional basketball player for FC Barcelona of the Spanish league. He is a 6 ft 10 3⁄4 in power forward, that can also play the center position in some situations if needed.

Maša Zec Peškirič

Tennis Player

Maša Zec Peškirič is a Slovenian tennis player. Zec Peškirič has won 13 singles and eight doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 15 June 2009, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 93. On 19 October 2009, she peaked at world number 130 in the doubles rankings. Since her debut for the Slovenia Fed Cup team in April 2006, Zec Peškirič has a win–loss record of 8–19 in the competition.

Janez Brajkovič

Professional Road Racing Cyclist

Janez Brajkovič is a racing cyclist from Metlika, Slovenia. He was the world under-23 Time Trial champion in Verona and rides for Astana in the UCI World Tour.

Melania Trump

Celebrity

Melania Knauss-Trump is a Slovenian former model and the wife of American real estate magnate Donald Trump. They married on January 22, 2005.

Zlatko Zahovič

Soccer Midfielder

Zlatko Zahovič is a Slovenian former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. After making a name for himself in Europe in Portugal, most notably with Porto and Benfica, he went on to have unassuming spells in Spain and Greece. He was known for dribbling and goal-scoring ability alike. The all-time record holder in caps and goals for the Slovenian national team, Zahovič was an essential member of the team as they qualified for their first international tournaments: Euro 2000 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Borut Pahor

Politician

Borut Pahor is a Slovenian politician who has been President of Slovenia since December 2012. He was Prime Minister of Slovenia from November 2008 to February 2012. A longtime president of the Social Democrats party, Pahor served several terms as a member of the National Assembly and was its chairman from 2000 to 2004. In 2004, Pahor was elected as member of the European Parliament. Following the victory of the Social Democrats in the 2008 parliamentary election, Pahor was appointed as Prime Minister. In September 2011, Pahor's government lost a confidence vote amidst an economic crisis and political tensions. He continued to serve as the pro tempore Prime Minister until he was replaced by Janez Janša in February 2012. In June 2012, he announced he would run for the largely ceremonial office of President of Slovenia. He defeated the incumbent President Danilo Türk in a runoff election, held on 2 December 2012, receiving roughly two-thirds of the vote.

Janez Janša

Politician

Ivan Janša, baptized and best known as Janez Janša, is a Slovenian politician who was Prime Minister of Slovenia from 2004 to 2008 and again from 2012 to 2013. He has led the Slovenian Democratic Party since 1993. Janša was Minister of Defense from 1990 to 1994, holding that post during the Slovenian War of Independence. Janša became Prime Minister again in 2012, following an early election in December 2011. On 27 February 2013, Janša's second government was ousted in a vote of non-confidence, and Positive Slovenia's Alenka Bratušek was tasked to form a new government. On 5 June 2013, Janša was sentenced to two years in prison on corruption charges, however the ruling is not yet binding.

Boštjan Nachbar

Basketball Small forward

Boštjan "Boki" Nachbar is a Slovenian professional basketball player for FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB.

Ivan Cankar

Playwright

Ivan Cankar was a Slovene writer, playwright, essayist, poet and political activist. Together with Oton Župančič, Dragotin Kette, and Josip Murn, he is considered as the beginner of modernism in Slovene literature. He is regarded as the greatest writer in the Slovene language, and has sometimes been compared to Franz Kafka and James Joyce.

Mateja Svet

Professional Alpine Skier

Mateja Svet is a former Slovenian alpine skier. Debuting in the 1983/1984 season, she won the first Slovenian female skiing victory in 1986. She was born in Ljubljana. Svet won the World Cup giant slalom title in the 1987/1988 season, won silver medal in giant slalom in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, won three medals in 1987 World Championship in Crans-Montana and two medals in 1989 World Championship in Vail - gold in slalom, later when the bronze Christelle Guignard was disqualified due to doping, also bronze in giant slalom. In her rather short career—she quit by the age of 22—she got seven World cup victories, 22 World Cup podiums and 54 World Cup top tens. From 1985 until 1990 she qualified no lower than 7th in the overall World Cup standings.

Milivoje Novaković

Soccer

Milivoje Novaković is a Slovenian footballer of Serb descent, who currently plays for Japan's J. League Division 1 side Omiya Ardija.

Radoslav Nesterović

Basketball Center

Radoslav "Rašo" Nesterović, usually referred to in English as Rasho Nesterovic, is a retired Slovenian professional basketball player. He holds citizenship in both Slovenia and Greece. In the NBA he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, and Toronto Raptors. Nesterović retired in 2011.

Valter Birsa

Soccer Midfielder

Valter Birsa is a Slovenian footballer, who plays for Milan and the Slovenian national team.

Alenka Bikar

Olympic athlete

Alenka Bikar is a retired female sprinter from Slovenia. She specialised in the 200 metres, competing in three Olympic games from 1996-2004. She was also named Slovenian Sportswoman of the Year in 2001. Bikar won the gold medal in the 200m in the Mediterranean Games in 2005. On 19 April 2012, Bikar replaced Zoran Janković as a deputy of the Positive Slovenia party in the National Assembly of Slovenia.

Nejc Pečnik

Soccer Midfielder

Nejc Pečnik is a Slovenian professional footballer, who plays for Serbian SuperLiga team Red Star Belgrade as an attacking midfielder. He represented Slovenia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He was directly responsible in Slovenia's successful qualification to the 2010 World Cup, as he was the scorer of a crucial goal against Russia in the 2010 World Cup qualification Playoffs.

France Prešeren

Poet

France Prešeren was a 19th-century Romantic Slovene poet, best known as the poet who has inspired virtually all later Slovene literature and has been generally acknowledged as the greatest Slovene classical author. He wrote some high quality epic poetry, for example the first Slovene ballad and the Slovene national epic. After the death, he became the leading name of the Slovene literary canon. He tied together the motifs of his own unhappy love with that of an unhappy, subjugated homeland. Especially after World War II in the Slovene Lands, one of Prešeren's motifs, the "hostile fortune", has been adopted by Slovenes as a national myth, and Prešeren has been described being as ubiquitous as the air in Slovenian culture. During his lifetime, Prešeren lived in confrontation with both the civil and religious establishment, as well as with the provincial bourgeoisie of Ljubljana. He fell victim to severe drinking problems and tried to take his life on at least two occasions, facing rejections and seeing most of his closest friends die tragically. His lyrical poetry dealt with the love towards his homeland, the suffering humanity, as well as his unfulfilled love towards his muse, Julija Primic.

Bojan Jokić

Soccer

Bojan Jokić is a Slovenian footballer who plays for Villarreal as a left back.

Vlado Kreslin

Folk rock Artist

Vlado Kreslin is a Slovenian folk rock musician.

Jaka Lakovič

Basketball Player

Jaka Lakovič is a Slovenian professional basketball player for Sidigas Avellino of the Italian League. He is a dynamic 186 cm tall point guard.

Alboin

Monarch

Alboin was king of the Lombards from about 560 until 572. During his reign the Lombards ended their migrations by settling in Italy, the northern part of which Alboin conquered between 569 and 572. He had a lasting effect on Italy and the Pannonian Basin; in the former his invasion marked the beginning of centuries of Lombard rule, and in the latter his defeat of the Gepids and his departure from Pannonia ended the dominance there of the Germanic peoples. The period of Alboin's reign as king in Pannonia following the death of his father, Audoin, was one of confrontation and conflict between the Lombards and their main neighbors, the Gepids. The Gepids initially gained the upper hand, but in 567, thanks to his alliance with the Avars, Alboin inflicted a decisive defeat on his enemies, whose lands the Avars subsequently occupied. The increasing power of his new neighbours caused Alboin some unease however, and he therefore decided to leave Pannonia for Italy, hoping to take advantage of the Byzantine Empire's reduced ability to defend its territory in the wake of the Gothic War. After gathering a large coalition of peoples, Alboin crossed the Julian Alps in 568, entering an almost undefended Italy. He rapidly took control of most of Venetia and Liguria. In 569, unopposed, he took northern Italy's main city, Milan. Pavia offered stiff resistance however, and was only taken after a siege lasting three years. During that time Alboin turned his attention to Tuscany, but signs of factionalism among his supporters and Alboin's diminishing control over his army increasingly began to manifest themselves.

Petra Majdič

Cross-country skier

Petra Majdič is a Slovenian former cross-country skier. Her best results came in classic style races. She won twenty-four World Cup races, twenty in sprint races, but she also won a marathon in Trondheim in 2009. She is the first Slovenian cross-country skier to win the World Cup race, the first to get a medal at the World Championships and the first to get an Olympic medal. With 20 wins, Majdič is the second-most successful sprinter in FIS Cross-Country World Cup history and with 24 wins in total she's the fourth-most successful World Cup competitor of all time.

Edvard Kardelj

Politician

Edvard Kardelj, also known under the pseudonyms Sperans and Krištof, was before WW II a publicist and one of leading members of illegal Communist Party from Ljubljana, Slovenia, during the war one of the leaders of the Liberation Front of the Slovenian People, Slovene Partisan, and after the war a federal political leader in Titoist Yugoslavia, who led the Yugoslav delegation that negotiated peace talks with Italy over the border dispute in the Julian March. He is considered the main creator of the Yugoslav system of establishing workers' self-management, an economist, and a full member of both Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts and Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Haris Vučkić

Soccer Midfielder

Haris Vučkić is a Slovenian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Newcastle United in the Premier League and Slovenia national team. He has represented Slovenia international youth selections in every category to date. On 1 October 2010, he was summoned into a 23-man squad of the Slovenia national football team for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Faroe Islands and Estonia, however, he did not make his debut at the time. His international debut did come in a Friendly match against Scotland on 29 February 2012.

Damir Skomina

Referee

Damir Skomina is a UEFA football referee from Slovenia. Skomina was the fourth referee at several UEFA Euro 2008 matches. He refereed the quarter-final match of the football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He refereed the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Arsenal and Milan. He also refereed in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League quarter-final match between Chelsea and Benfica at Stamford Bridge. At UEFA Euro 2012, Skomina refereed three matches: two group matches and a quarterfinal between Germany and Greece. Later that year, he was appointed as a referee at the 2012 UEFA Super Cup between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid. He was the Fourth official in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final.

Rene Krhin

Soccer Midfielder

Rene Krhin is a Slovenian footballer, who plays for Serie A club Bologna.

Tadeja Majerič

Tennis Player

Tadeja Majerič is a Slovenian tennis player. Majerič has won seven singles and three doubles title on the ITF tour in her career. On 28 October 2013, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 112. On 28 January 2013, she peaked at world number 227 in the doubles rankings. She has played for the Slovenia Fed Cup team on three occasions.

Boštjan Cesar

Soccer

Boštjan Cesar is a Slovenian international footballer, currently playing for Italian club Chievo.

Zoran Mušič

Painting Artist

Zoran Mušič was a Slovenian painter. He spent half of his life living and working in Venice Italy and Paris France.

Nastja Čeh

Soccer Midfielder

Nastja Čeh is a Slovenian footballer, who is currently playing for Thanh Hoa.

Drago Jančar

Playwright

Drago Jančar is a Slovenian writer, playwright and essayist. Jančar is one of the most known contemporary Slovene writers. In Slovenia, he is also famous for his political commentaries and civic engagement.

Lojze Peterle

Politician

Alojz "Lojze" Peterle is a Slovenian politician. He was the leader of the Slovene Christian Democrats from the founding of the party in 1990 until it merged with the Slovenian People's Party in 2000. Between 1990 and 1992, he was the president of the first freely elected Slovenian government. He is a Member of the European Parliament.

Danilo Dolci

Author

Danilo Dolci was an Italian social activist, sociologist, popular educator and poet. He is best known for his opposition to poverty, social exclusion and the Mafia on Sicily, and is considered to be one of the protagonists of the non-violence movement in Italy. He became known as the "Gandhi of Sicily". In the 1950s and 1960s, Dolci published a series of books that stunned the outside world with their emotional force and the detail with which he depicted the desperate conditions of the Sicilian countryside and the power of the Mafia. Dolci became almost a cult hero-figure in Northern Europe and the United States. Young people idolised him and committees were formed to raise funds for his work. In 1958 he was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize, despite being an explicit non-Communist. He was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the American Friends Service Committee, which in 1947 received the Nobel Peace Prize along with the British Friends Service Council, now called Quaker Peace and Social Witness, on behalf of all Quakers worldwide. Among those who publicly voiced support for his efforts were Carlo Levi, Erich Fromm, Bertrand Russell, Jean Piaget, Aldous Huxley, Jean-Paul Sartre and Ernst Bloch. In Sicily, Leonardo Sciascia advocated many of his ideas. In the United States his proto-Christian idealism was absurdly confused with Communism.

Matej Žagar

Man

Matej Žagar is a Slovenian motorcycle speedway rider who was won Individual Speedway European Champion titles. He was permanent speedway rider in 2006 and 2007 Speedway Grand Prix seasons. He was touted as a potential GP wildcard for the 2012 SGP season following impressive and consistent performances in the Polish Extraliga with Gorzow, but turned down the opportunity to replace Darcy Ward due to the 1GP rider in the Extraliga and his contract with Gorzow, where 2010 world champion Tomasz Gollob was signed up. He began his UK career with the Trelawny Tigers in 2003 before moving to the Reading Racers in 2004 when the Tigers closed. He later represented Reading, Swindon and Eastbourne before quitting the UK scene after an underwhelming 2010 campaign. He returned after signing for the Belle Vue Aces in 2013.

Jakob Lorber

Philosopher

Jakob Lorber was a Christian mystic and visionary from the Duchy of Styria, who promoted liberal Universalism. He referred to himself as "God's scribe". He wrote that on 15 March 1840 he began hearing an 'inner voice' from the region of his heart and thereafter transcribed what it said. By the time of his death 24 years later he had written manuscripts equivalent to more than 10,000 pages in print. His writings were published posthumously as amounting to a "New Revelation", and the contemporary "Lorber movement" forms one of the major neo-revelationist sects, mostly active in German-speaking Europe, although part of Lorber's writings have also been translated into more than 20 languages and the world-wide spread adherents do not gather in an institutionalized church, but usually continue to belong to their previous Christian denomination.

Etien Velikonja

Soccer

Etien Velikonja is a Slovenian footballer who plays for Premier League club Cardiff City as a forward.

Andraž Kirm

Soccer Midfielder

Andraž Kirm is a Slovenian footballer, who plays as a midfielder for Groningen and the Slovenia national football team.

Jasmin Kurtić

Soccer Midfielder

Jasmin Kurtić is a Slovenian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Sassuolo and the Slovenian national team.

Robert Berić

Soccer

Robert Berić is a Slovenian footballer, who plays for Sturm Graz in the Austrian Bundesliga as a striker.

Srečko Katanec

Soccer Midfielder

Srečko Katanec is a Slovenian football manager and a former player capped for Yugoslavia and Slovenia. On 31 December 2012, he accepted a job as a Slovenian coach. He managed to qualify for the 2000 European Championship and the 2002 FIFA World Cup in his first period as a Slovenian coach between 1998 and 2002.

Vid Belec

Soccer

Vid Belec is a Slovenian football goalkeeper who plays for Sporting Clube Olhanense.

Alenka Bratušek

Politician

Alenka Bratušek is a Slovenian public servant who has been Prime Minister of Slovenia since March 2013, the first woman in Slovenia to hold this position. Since January 2013, she has been president pro tempore of the Positive Slovenia party.

Jože Plečnik

Architect

Jože Plečnik was a Slovene architect who had a strong impact on the modern identity of the city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, most notably by designing the iconic Triple Bridge and the Slovene National and University Library building, as well as banks along the Ljubljanica River, the Ljubljana open market buildings, the Ljubljana cemetery, parks, plazas etc. The impact he had on Ljubljana has been compared to the impact Antonio Gaudi had on Barcelona. His style is associated with the Vienna Secession style of architecture. Besides in Ljubljana, he worked in Vienna, Belgrade and on the Prague Castle. He influenced the avant-garde Czech Cubism. He is also a founding member of the Ljubljana School of Architecture, joining it upon an invitation by Ivan Vurnik, another notable Ljubljana architect.

Primož Trubar

Author

Primož Trubar or Primož Truber was the Protestant reformer, most known as the author of the first Slovene language printed book, the founder and the first superintendent of the Protestant Church of the Slovene Lands, notable for consolidating the Slovene language. Trubar is the key figure of Slovenian cultural history and in many aspects a major historical personality.

Martin Strel

Swimmer

Martin Strel in Mokronog, SFR Yugoslavia, is a Slovenian long-distance swimmer, best known for swimming the entire length of various rivers. Strel holds successive Guinness World Records for swimming the Danube river, the Mississippi River, the Yangtze River, and the Amazon River. His motto is "swimming for peace, friendship and clean waters."

Darko Milanič

Soccer Defender

Darko Milanič is a retired Slovenian football defender. Since June 2013, he is a manager of Sturm Graz.

Blaž Rola

Tennis Player

Blaž Rola is a tennis player from Slovenia. Rola reached his highest singles ranking of World Number 388 on 23 August 2010. He lives in Ptuj. He is also representing Slovenia in the Slovenia Davis Cup team. Currently he is competing for The Ohio State University. In his career he won seven singles and six doubles ITF Futures tournaments.

Andreja Klepač

Tennis Player

Andreja Klepač is a professional Slovenian tennis player. While she has not won a WTA title of any kind, she has won 3 ITF singles titles and 12 ITF doubles titles. In addition, she has made one WTA Tour singles final in Budapest in 2008 and two WTA Tour doubles finals. Klepač reached her career-high singles ranking on July 14, 2008, when she became World No. 99. Her highest doubles ranking was World No. 54 on April 2, 2012. In September 2007, Klepač and Elena Likhovtseva reached the WTA doubles final at the Tier IV event in Portorož, losing to Czechs Lucie Hradecká and Renata Voráčová, 5–7, 6–4, [10–7]. In June 2010, Klepač partnered up with Tadeja Majerič and won the $50,000 event in Maribor with a win over Alexandra Panova and Ksenia Pervak, the score was 6–3, 7–6. In July 2013, she won her first wta doubles titles in Bad Gastein with Sandra Klemenschits.

Simon Špilak

Cyclist

Simon Špilak is a Slovenian professional road bicycle racer. He currently runs for UCI ProTeam Team Katusha. He is the winner of Tour de Romandie 2010 after Alejandro Valverde's results were voided.

Edvard Kocbek

Politician

Edvard Kocbek was a Slovenian poet, writer, essayist, translator, member of Christian Socialists in the Liberation Front of the Slovene Nation and Slovene Partisans. He is considered as one of the best authors who have written in Slovene, and one of the best Slovene poets after Prešeren. His political role during and after World War II made him one of the most controversial figures in Slovenia in the 20th century.

Sani Bečirovič

Basketball Shooting guard

Sani Bečirović is a Slovenian 1.96 m professional basketball player for Foolad Mahan Isfahan, that plays at both point guard and shooting guard positions. His father is Memi Bečirović, former coach of the Slovenian national team. He was selected in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets.

Peter Prevc

Ski jumper

Peter Prevc is a Slovenian ski jumper who competes in World Cup since 2009. He is elder brother of two other ski jumper's Cene Prevc and Domen Prevc.

Danilo Türk

Politician

Danilo Türk served as the President of Slovenia between December 2007 and December 2012. He is also a lawyer and diplomat.

Primož Kosmus

Olympic athlete

Primož Kozmus is a Slovenian hammer thrower. His gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2009 World Championships in Berlin made him the first ever Slovenian athlete to win both titles. His personal best throw and the Slovenian record is 82.58 metres, achieved in September 2009 in Celje, Slovenia. On 8 October 2009, Kozmus unexpectedly announced his temporary retirement from athletics. On 25 October 2010, he announced his return. After moderate achievements in the 2011 season, Kozmus stated his goal at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics was to place in the top eight in the finals. He won bronze with 79.39 m.

Thomas Luckmann

Man

Thomas Luckmann is an American-Austrian sociologist of Slovene origin who taught mainly in Germany. His main areas of research are the sociology of communication, sociology of knowledge, sociology of religion, and the philosophy of science.

Gašper Vidmar

Basketball Center

Gašper Vidmar is a Slovenian professional basketball player. He is currently playing for Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball League. ⁕ Geoplin Slovan ⁕ Fenerbahçe ⁕ Turkish Basketball League: 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11 ⁕ Turkish Cup: 2010, 2011 ⁕ Union Olimpija ⁕ Slovenian National Cup: 2010 ⁕ Slovenian Supercup: 2009 ⁕ Fenerbahçe ⁕ Turkish Basketball League: 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11 ⁕ Turkish Cup: 2010, 2011 ⁕ Beşiktaş ⁕ Fenerbahçe Ülker ⁕ Turkish Super Cup: 2013

Marko Šuler

Soccer Defender

Marko Šuler is a Slovenian football player, who currently plays for Legia Warsaw and for the Slovenian national team. Šuler usually plays as a centre half. He is known for his speed, good heading skills and his leadership on the pitch.

Slavko Avsenik

Polka Artist

Slavko Avsenik is a Slovenian composer and musician. His career accomplishments place him at the worldwide pinnacle of success among ethnic popular musicians. Over forty years, the Avsenik Ensamble's original "Oberkrainer" sound became the primary vehicle of ethnic musical expression for Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, northern Italy and the Benelux countries, spawning hundreds of Alpine orchestras in the process. The Ensamble, known as "Ansambel bratov Avsenik" or "Slavko Avsenik und seine Original Oberkrainer" has performed before millions, including heads of state, on radio and television, and in thousands of concerts. Selling over 30 million records, Avsenik has earned thirty-one Gold, two Diamond, and one Platinum record. The "Johann Strauss of the twentieth century," Avsenik collaborated with his brother, Vilko, to produce nearly 1000 original compositions and an integral part of the Cleveland-Style legacy. The Avsenik saga began in 1953 with a band formed in Slovenia, broadcast on the Slovenian Hour from Austria, and dubbed the "Musicians of the Oberkrain" by a Vienna disc jockey. Growing in popularity, they soon began appearing in broadcasts, movies, and concerts in West Germany.

Stane Dolanc

Politician

Stane Dolanc was a Yugoslav communist politician from Slovenia, one of president Josip Broz Tito's closest collaborators and one of the most influential people in Yugoslav federal politics in the 1970s and 1980s. He was secretary of the Executive Bureau of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia from 1971 to 1978, federal Secretary of the Interior from 1982 to 1984 and a member of the Presidency of Yugoslavia from 1984 to 1989. He was regularly appointed a member of the Federal Council for Protection of the Constitutional Order and was chairing the body in late 1980s. For most of his political career Dolanc defended strong authoritarian rule of the LCY and struggled against nationalism stemming from various parts of the country. He was influential in Yugoslav security structures and it is believed that he inspired a number of politically motivated arrests, especially while he was interior minister.

Jacobus Gallus

Composer

Jacobus Gallus Carniolus was a late Renaissance composer of Slovenian ethnicity. Born in Carniola, which at the time was one of the Habsburg lands in the Holy Roman Empire, he lived and worked in Moravia and Bohemia during the last decade of his life.

Jan Muršak

Ice Hockey Left Winger

Jan Muršak is a professional Slovenian ice hockey forward currently playing for Amur Khabarovsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. Muršak first played hockey in Slovenia as a member of HDK Maribor before he left to spend one season in the Czech junior league. He was then selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and moved to the major junior Ontario Hockey League and played for two teams, the Saginaw Spirit and Belleville Bulls. After finishing his junior career Muršak then joined the Red Wings American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2008.

Franc Rode

Man

Franc Rode, C.M., is a Slovenian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, having served as prefect from 2004 to 2011. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2006.

Jan Oblak

Soccer

Jan Oblak is a Slovenian professional footballer, who plays for S.L. Benfica in Portugal, as a goalkeeper.

Alenka Gotar

Singer

Alenka Gotar is a Slovene soprano singer, born in Rodica pri Domžalah in 1977. With the song “Cvet z juga”, she represented Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland. Achieving seventh place in the semi final, she became the first Slovene to qualify to the grand final, where she ended fifteenth with 66 points.

Wilhelm von Tegetthoff

Military Commander

Wilhelm von Tegetthoff was an Austrian admiral. Considered one of the prominent naval commanders of the 19th century, Tegetthoff was known for his innovative tactics as well as his inspirational leadership.

Aleš Čeh

Soccer Midfielder

Aleš Čeh is a retired professional Slovenian football player who has represented his country at the two major tournaments for which they have qualified.

Janez Drnovšek

Politician

Janez Drnovšek was a Slovenian liberal politician, President of the Presidency of Yugoslavia, Prime Minister of Slovenia and President of Slovenia.

Milan Kučan

Politician

Milan Kučan is a Slovenian politician and statesman who was the first President of Slovenia from 1991 to 2002.

Jure Zdovc

Basketball Player

Jurij "Jure" Zdovc is a retired Slovenian professional basketball player and a current coach.

Armin Bačinović

Soccer Midfielder

Armin Bačinović is a Slovenian football midfielder, who currently plays for Palermo.

Dimitrij Rupel

Politician

Dimitrij Rupel is a Slovenian politician.

Grega Bole

Professional Road Racing Cyclist

Grega Bole is a Slovenian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Vacansoleil-DCM. His biggest victory is the 2011 GP Ouest-France, where he launched a solo attach with 2 kilometres to go. He held on as the field was closing in rapidly, the second of the day Simon Gerrans being awarded the same time as Bole.

Branko Oblak

Soccer Midfielder

Branko Oblak is a Slovenian football coach and former international player. He usually played as an offensive midfielder or deep-lying playmaker, notable for his excellent dribbling, stamina, great vision and precision passing. He was also capable of helping out defensively.

Jasmin Handanović

Soccer

Jasmin Handanović is a Slovenian footballer, who plays as a goalkeeper for Maribor in the Slovenian PrvaLiga.

Robert Kranjec

Ski jumper

Robert Kranjec is a Slovenian ski jumper who has competed since 1998. He won a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in the Team Large Hill event. Although he often jumps only average at Normal and Large Hills, he belongs to the world's best active ski flying athletes. On 25 February 2012, he won the Ski-Flying World Championship and thus became the Slovenia's third World Champion in ski jumping and the first in ski flying. He also set a new national record. Kranjec was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His first victory in a World Cup competition was at Kuusamo, Finland in 2005. The following years he could not reach any top results except for ski flying competitions. In 2010 he celebrated his second World Cup victory at Tauplitz, Austria. After two more successful ski flying competitions at Tauplitz and Oberstdorf, in which he achieved the second place each time, he won the ski flying World Cup 2009/10. Kranjec's most successful season was 2011-12. Apart from becoming the World champion in ski flying and winning the bronze medal in team competition at the 2012 Ski-Flying World Championship, he won two competitions in World Cup. Together with two additional podiums, Kranjec won the second ski flying World Cup in his career.

Milenko Ačimovič

Soccer Midfielder

Milenko Aćimović is a former Slovenian footballer who last played for Austria giants Austria Wien. He was a playmaker who has a great passing range and an abundance of skill. On 15 September 2010, Ačimovič ended his football career following a persistent right knee injury.

Gregor Fučka

Basketball Center

Gregor Fučka was born 7 August 1971 in Kranj, Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia is a retired Slovenian-Italian basketball player. A 215 cm forward-center, he was a European Player of the Year Mister Europa and Euroscar laureate in 2000.

Rebeka Dremelj

Singer

Rebeka Dremelj is a singer, model, fashion designer, actress, and TV presenter. She was chosen to represent Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia with the song Vrag naj vzame.