Upper Carniola Statistical Region

Upper Carniola Statistical Region
Gorenjska statistična regija
Statistical region
Municipalities 18
Largest city Kranj
  Total 2,137 km2 (825 sq mi)
Population (2015)
  Total 203,929
  Density 95/km2 (250/sq mi)
  Households 77253
  Employed 72391
  Registered unemployed 8549
  College/university students 8298
  Regional GDP: EUR 3,228 bn
(EUR 15,833 per capita)

The Upper Carniola Statistical Region[1][2][3][4] (Slovene: Gorenjska statistična regija) is a statistical region in northwest Slovenia. It is a region with high mountains, including Mount Triglav, and is almost entirely Alpine. A large part of this statistical region is protected as a national park. The relief and climate are good bases for tourism. In 2013, the region recorded almost 19% of tourist nights in Slovenia, of which 78% were by foreign tourists. The region ranked second in Slovenia in number of tourist beds per 1,000 population, even though it had just over half as many beds as the Coastal–Karst Statistical Region. In 2013, the registered unemployment rate here was the lowest in Slovenia, 3 percentage points lower than the national average and more than 8 percentage points lower than in the Mura Statistical Region, where the registered unemployment rate was the highest. Although agriculture in this region is not among the most important activities, the farms are among the largest in the country both in terms of average utilised agricultural area per farm and in terms of the number of livestock per farm.

At the beginning of 2013, this region had a relatively favourable educational structure. The share of people without schooling, that had not completed primary school, or with only primary school was below the national average, and the share of people with tertiary education was above the national average. In this region, municipal waste is carefully separated; in 2013 more than half of municipal waste was collected separately.


The Upper Carniola Statistical Region comprises the following 18 municipalities:


The estimated population in 2015 was 203,929. It has a total area of 2,137 km².


Employment structure: 58.9% services, 39% industry, 2.1% agriculture.


It is the second most popular tourist destination of all the regions (20%), the tourists being from: 20% Slovenia, 3.7% Austria, 4.6% Croatia, 8.5% Italy, 10% Germany, 4.3% UK, 49% other countries.


Slovenia's main international airport is also in the region.


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  2. Lapuh, Lucija. 2016. Measuring the Impact of the Recession on Slovenian Statistical Regions and their Ability to Recover. Acta geographica Slovenica 56(2): 247–256, pp. 252ff.
  3. Šprah, Lilijana, Tatjana Novak, & Jerneja Fridl. 2016. The Wellbeing of Slovenia's Population by Region: Comparison of Indicators with an Emphasis on Health. Acta geographica Slovenica 54(1): 67–87, p. 68.
  4. Boršič, Darja, & Alenka Kavkler. 2009. Modeling Unemployment Duration in Slovenia Using Cox Regression Models. Transition Studies Review 54(1): 145–156, p. 148.

Coordinates: 46°19′00″N 14°09′00″E / 46.31667°N 14.15000°E / 46.31667; 14.15000

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