Slovenia is a nation of beekeepers, and beekeeping enjoys a status equal to that of other types of agricultural activity. In Slovenia, awareness on the significance of bees and ensuring their well-being is therefore highly evolved.

The Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association has initiated several projects, including the Honey Breakfast, beekeeping school clubs and efforts to promote nectar-bearing plants, which have been warmly welcomed by the general public. In 2014, it launched the initiative to declare World Bee Day.

Bearing in mind the importance of preserving bees and beekeeping, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia decided to support the project and committed itself to undertaking all formal procedures to realise the observance of World Bee Day.

In 2011, Slovenia was one of the first EU countries to prohibit the use of certain pesticides harmful to bees in its territory.

 

 

Beekeeping in Slovenia

Beekeeping is an important agricultural activity in Slovenia with a long and rich tradition.

Slovenians are a genuine beekeeping nation, as more than 10,000 inhabitants, i.e. one in 200, is engaged in this activity. Slovenians keep bees.

It is therefore not surprising that Slovenia boasts its very own Apiculture Museum in Radovljica, and that Slovenian beekeepers are well organised on the local as well as national levels under the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association.

Beekeeping in Slovenia has gained international recognition due to its particular features, such as its unique painted beehive panels and traditional beehive architecture.

The mid-18th century saw the emergence of unique painted wooden beehive panels that depict the central themes of folk storytelling. These authentic open-air galleries of folk art help bees orientate themselves, and make it easier for beekeepers to distinguish individual hives.

The majority of Slovenian beekeepers use a traditional beehive called the AŽ hive, which was created over one hundred years ago.

Slovenian beekeepers have enhanced the beekeeping tradition with api-tourism.

Want to know more about Slovenian beekeeping? Read interesting issue of Sinfo magazine (PDF), dedicated to beekeeping and first celebration of World Bee Day.

 

Carniolan honey bee

Apis mellifera carnica, known also as the Carniolan honey bee, is an indigenous Slovenian subspecies of bee renowned for its docility, hard work, humility and excellent sense of orientation. It is also distinguished by its industriousness, low winter mortality, and exceptionally intensive springtime development. It is much valued for its ability to defend itself successfully against insect pests and gentle behaviour towards beekeepers.

A symbol of hard work and practical wisdom, this bee variety is regarded as the second most widespread in the world and is protected as an indigenous subspecies in Slovenia.

 

 

»Feel Green, Active and Healthy Slovenia!«

In Slovenia, the world’s first green country by Green Destinations’ international standards and a proud recipient of the National Geographic World Legacy (Destination Leadership) Award, its natural and traditional features are a source of fresh experiences for guests from all over the world.  Apart from its innovative Green Adventures combined with a surprising luxury of its thermal springs, its opportunities for an active nature holiday, its cuisine that varies with every step you take and its other special features, it is also one of the first in the world to offer innovative and certified forms of apitourism. Slovenia is also proud that its capital Ljubljana was awarded the European Green Capital 2016 title.

Welcome to Slovenia, the only country with the word LOVE in its name!

 

International media about Slovenia as a beekeeping country

 

Meet the Slovenian Bee Queen and Bee Princess

Slovenia is proud to have its very own Bee Queen and Bee Princess, titles which were awarded in 2017 to Mateja Šoštarič from Lukavci and Dijana Božič from Maribor, respectively.

”As promoters of Slovenian beekeeping, we support the World Bee Day initiative because we believe that caring for bees equals caring for humankind.”

Slovenian Bee Queen Mateja Šoštarič and Slovenian Bee Princess Dijana Božičin

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