Facts and figures (2015)
|Density of population per km2||95.4|
|Number of companies||12,750|
|Economically active population||82,200|
|Registered unemployment rate*||8.6%|
|Average monthly gross wage||€ 1,545|
*Registered unemployed persons are registered with the Employment Service of Slovenia and are actively seeking for employment.
Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia & AJPES, 2016
Location and transport
Situated in the north-western part of the country, Gorenjska is the most Alpine of all Slovenian regions. A large part of the region is protected as a national park. The relief and climate are good bases for tourism. This is a region of high mountains, including the symbol of Slovenia, Triglav.
It borders on Austria and Italy and is criss-crossed by well-developed transport infrastructure. There is not only the railway service (Pan-European Transport Corridor No. 10) but also the motorway leading north through the Karavanke Tunnel to Austria and to Ljubljana lying to the south. The distance from Kranj to the Ljubljana Airport is only 5 km.
Socio-economic characteristics of population in the Gorenjska region, 2015
Population aged 15 years or more by activity status and education
Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 2016
The regional centre is Kranj (56,000). It is the cradle of the industrialisation in Slovenia and the local base of foreign investors such as American manufacturer of car tyres Goodyear or French manufacturer of hydraulic valves Poclain hydraulics. The inhabitants of the Gorenjska Region can pursue university level studies in Kranj and Ljubljana. There is a well-developed network of technical schools covering a range of professions: mechanical engineering, information science, medicine and tourism where some 4,000 students study every year.
The manufacturing activities are the driving force of the region, followed by tourism as its most vigorous segment of service sector (Bled, Kranjska Gora) and trade. In 2014 Gorenjska recorded 18% of tourist overnights in Slovenia, of which 76% by foreign tourists.
Gorenjska is proud of its long industrial tradition and its strong track-record in exports when local companies had to look for new markets. Over the past few years, large investments were made to modernise production processes. Sectors such as transport and warehousing have also received fresh capital injections to help them modernise and thus become more competitive. Still there are some parts of the region, like Jesenice, lagging behind as they move slowly toward exploiting fully their development potential.
Main development potential rests on its human capital (good education structure), existing economic structure, infrastructure and a high standard of living.
The most important companies operating in the region include:
- Acroni (manufacture of basic iron and steel and of ferro-alloys)
- Adria Airways (passenger & cargo air transport)
- Aerodrom Ljubljana (service activities in air transportation)
- Alpina (manufacture of footwear)
- Cablex (products and services of cable harnesses, plastic parts and specific mechanical assemblies)
- Domel (manufacture of electric motors, generators and transformers)
- Elan (manufacture of sports goods)
- Filc (insulation materials for motor area and vehicle interiors)
- Goodyear Dunlop Sava Tires (manufacture of rubber tyres and tubes; retreading and rebuilding of rubber tyres)
- Gorenjska gradbena druzba (construction and maintenance of roads and motorways)
- Iskra mehanizmi (manufacture of electric domestic appliances)
- Iskraemeco (manufacture of instruments and appliances for measuring, testing and navigation)
- Iskratel (manufacture of electricity distribution, control apparatus and line telephony)
- Jelovica (manufacture of builders' carpentry and joinery)
- Knauf Insulation (manufacture of non-metallic mineral products n.e.c.)
- Lip Bled (manufacture of builders' carpentry and joinery)
- Lth castings (casting of light metals)
- Merkur trgovina (wholesale of hardware, plumbing and heating equipment and supplies)
- Niko (metal products for the paper and wood industry)
- Poclain Hydraulics (hydraulic valves)
- Savatech (manufacture of rubber tyres and tubes; retreading and rebuilding of rubber tyres)
- Sportina (retail sale of clothing in specialized stores)
- Sumida Slovenija (special parts for automotive industry)
- Veyance Technologies Europe (manufacture of rubber products)