Šoštanj is a town in northern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Šoštanj. The area is part of the traditional region of Styria. The entire municipality is now included in the Savinja Statistical Region.

Country Slovenia
 • MayorDarko Menih
 • Total95.6 km (36.9 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total8,254
 • Density86/km  (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02 (CEST)


Šoštanj was first mentioned in written documents dating to around 1200 as Schönstein in relation to its castle. As a market town it was first mentioned in 1348. It was given town status in 1919 and until the 1960s was the center of the Šalek Valley (Slovene: Šaleška dolina). In 1963 nearby Velenje became the administrative center. Šoštanj again became a municipal center in the late 1990s. The town has a long leather-working history, with industrial-scale activity going back to 1788. The factory was owned by the Woschnagg family, a Germanized branch of the Vošnjak family, until it was nationalized in 1945. The processing factory was closed down in 1999. A leather industry museum is now open in the town.


The parish church in the town is dedicated to Michael the Archangel and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Celje. A second church in town was built in 1776 on the site of a 13th-century predecessor and is dedicated to Saints Hermagoras and Fortunatus.

Notable residents

Karel Destovnik, a.k.a. Kajuh (1922–1944), Partisan poet
Jožef Kastelic (Castelliz) (1710–after 1773), religious writer
Ivan Samonigg, Austrian officer and military education reformer (1839–1915)
Mihael Valenci (1728–1813), technical writer and physician
Josip Vošnjak (1834–1911), 19th-century national liberal leader
Mihael Vošnjak (1837–1920), engineer and politician


Župan/Mayor – Darko Menih

Telefonska številka:03 898 43 02
Faks številka:03 898 43 33
Elektronska pošta:darko.menih@sostanj.si

Podžupan – Viktor Drev
Telefonska številka:03 8984 300

Uradne ure
ponedeljek:8.00 – 12.00 in 13.00 – 15.00
torek:8.00 – 12.00 in 13.00 – 15.00
sreda:8.00 – 12.00 in 13.00 – 17.00


Občina Šoštanj
Trg svobode 12 3325 Šoštanj
03 898 43 00