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Region: Gorenjska

Capital: Kranj

Largest city: Kranj, number of inhabitants 36.718.

Population: 202.903. Density of population 95 inhabitants/km2

Area: Gorenjska is located in the northwest of Slovenia, covering 18 municipalities. To the north it borders with Austria (the Kärnten province) along the Karavanke mountain range; to the west Italy (the Friuli-Venezia Giulia province) and the Gorica development region; to the east the Savinja region, and to the south it opens up towards the Central Slovenian region. Gorenjska is crossed by the 10th European motorway and railway corridor. The town of Brnik hosts Slovenia’s central airport, i.e. Ljubljana Jože Puènik Airport (1.6 million passengers per year). All this contributes to Gorenjska’s favourable geo-traffic position and its relatively good accessibility.

Government: Gorenjska region is one of 12 statistical regions of Slovenia. Gorenjska's 18 Local communities (Bled, Bohinj, Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Gorenja vas-Poljane, Gorje, Jesenice, Jezersko, City community Kranj, Kranjska gora, Naklo, Preddvor, Radovljica, Šenèur, Škofja Loka, Tržiè, Železniki, Žiri) are by  National Regional development law responsible for regional development.  Important tasks in regional  development (entrepreneurship, human resources, environment, development of countryisde) are trusted to Regional development agency BSC Kranj, which implement their tasks in partnership with local communities, 2 local development agencies and other partners in the region Gorenjska and wider.

Business strength positions: Gorenjska is transforming from an industrial society to a service-information society. In the last decade Gorenjska’s traditional economy has visibly moved from an industrial society (41,7% of employees) to a service society (55,2% of employees in December 2009). The number of jobs in business services, hotels and restaurants, and in construction and transport sectors is showing the highest growth. The number of agricultural and forestry employees totalled 2.168 accounting for 3,1% of all employees in Gorenjska (December 2009 data). Important contribution to the future development of economy is given also by the wide range of the educational and training possibilities  in the region and surroundings (ranging from the occupational to post graduate studies)

In 2009, 4.923 Gorenjska companies (9,1% of the total number of companies in Slovenia) employing 41.531 persons (8,7% of all employees in Slovenia) generated a net income from sales of 5,2 billion Euros, which accounts for a mere 7,3% of the total net income of all Slovenian companies.

Compared to Slovenia as a whole, Gorenjska has a below-average GDP. In 2008 Gorenjska’s GDP was 2.907 million Euros (14.497 Euros per capita), or 8,4% of the national GDP.

Interestin LoCaRe: Protection of the environment and renewable energies are the key priorities of the regional development programme 2007-2013. LoCaRe project will enable local communities and other partners from Gorenjska to exchange experiences and develop new or upgraded solutions with LoCaRe partners, that will contribute to endavours of LoCaRe regions to become low carbon regions. We expect that findings of LoCaRe will represent the valuable inputs to the Regional development programme 2014-2020.

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