Slovenia, a country rich in natural resources, takes pride in its above-average biodiversity.

Slovenians are a genuine beekeeping nation and beekeeping enjoys a status equal to that of other types of agricultural activity.

The Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association has launched several projects, for example Honey Breakfast, Beekeeping School Clubs and Nectar-Bearing Plants, which have been well accepted by the general public. Another project launched in 2014 is the World Bee Day initiative.

Slovenia was among the first in the EU to prohibit in 2011 the use of certain pesticides harmful for bees in the territory of Slovenia. 

Bearing in mind the importance of preserving bees and beekeeping, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia supports their projects and has committed to undertake all formal procedures for reaching observance the World Bee Day.

 

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Beekeeping in Slovenia

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

Slovenians are a genuine beekeeping nation, as a relatively significant five out of every thousand of its residents are engaged in this activity.

Therefore, it is not supprising that Slovenia has Apiculture Museum, and beekeepers in Slovenia are well organised as well on local as on national level under Slovenian Beekeepers' Association.

Beekeeping in Slovenia has gained international recognition due to its particularities such as the unique painted beehive panels and the special traditional architecture of its beehives.

Dating back to the middle of the 18th century, the smooth wooden panels painted on the front of beehives turned simple hives into veritable open-air galleries of folk art. Moreover they help bees in their orientation and make it easier for the beekeeper to remember individual hives.

The majority of Slovenian beekeepers use a traditional beehive called the (AZ) hive, which has evolved over hundreds of years. Its construction is similar to that of a kitchen cabinet.

And today Slovenia is benefiting from this tradition in the form of apicultural tourism.

 

Apis Mellifera Carnica

Also known as the Carniolan honey bee, Apis mellifera carnica is an indigenous Slovenian subspecie of bee famed for its docility, hard work, humility and excellent sense of orientation. It is also distinguished by its good utilization of forest pastures, low winter mortality and exceptionally intensive spring development. It is much prized for its ability to defend itself successfully against insect pests and gentle behaviour toward beekeepers!

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

 

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

 



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