VELENJE

Slovenia

City of Velenje is 6th biggest Slovenian city and is centre of Municipality Velenje with approx. 30.000 inhabitants. Strong economy with mayor subject “Gorenje” (domestic appliances) and “Coal mine Velenje” are along with youth of the town main reasons for pleasant and healthy living conditions. Velenje is Slovenia’s sixth-largest city, and the seat of the Municipality of Velenje. The city is located in northeastern Slovenia, among the rolling green hills of the Šalek Valley, with the Kamnik–Savinja Alps to the west and the Pohorje Mountains to the east.

Country Slovenia
Government
 • MayorPeter Dermol (acting)[1]
Area
 • Total83.5 km  (32.2 sq mi)
Population (July 1, 2018)
 • Total32,959
 • Density390/km  (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02 (CEST)

Geography

The shoreline of Lake Velenje
Velenje is located in northeast Slovenia, some 85 km from the capital Ljubljana, and the country’s second- and third-largest cities Maribor and Celje, are 75 km and 25 km away, respectively, with Graz (Austria) around 130 km away. Velenje is well connected by train and bus to other destinations, and is also easy to reach by car.

The municipality of Velenje (MOV) is located in the eastern part of the Šaleška dolina valley. The central part of the municipality is situated on the plain along the Paka river. The entire V-plain of the Šaleška dolina valley has been urbanised, as over the last 50 years the town – fifth largest in Slovenia in terms of population – has grown and spread to include former settlements and hamlets of Škale, Stara vas, Staro Velenje, Šalek and Šmartno.

The northern part of the municipality reaches into the hills, which stretch from Razborje to Graška Gora and across the Paka gorge at Huda luknja to Paški Kozjak. The eastern boundary of the municipality runs along Dobrnsko podolje across the Pirešica creek and towards the south to the Ponikevska planota tableau and Ložniško gričevje hills, which separate Šaleška dolina from Spodnja Savinjska dolina i.e. the lower Savinja valley. The western boundary splits Šaleška dolina in half along the north-south line in the area of former village Preloge, where presently under the basin bedrock the most intensive lignite mining is taking place by the Premogovnik Velenje coalmining company. The border continues along the lower Velunja creek to the foothills of Graška Gora.

Culture

The Velenje Cultural Center, in the northwestern part of the square, was built in 1959 according to plans by Oton Gaspari, and opened in November 1960. Its façade was decorated with a relief by Stojan Batič, and its interior by Riko Debenjak. The hall was the 1990s center of subcultures in Velenje. Today, it hosts the public institute Velenje Festival, which holds various cultural activities. The hall also houses a puppet theatre and a dance theatre.

Economy and education

Velenje is one of the strongest economic centers in Slovenia, equipped with modern infrastructure. Economic development is based on the energy, metal-processing, and construction industries. Environmental protection, craft, and trade services have been experiencing solid development. The city has three large shopping centers. These include Hypermarket Mercator Velenje, Velenjka, and Velenje Shopping Center.

Velenje is an employment, administrative, and educational center of the wider Savinja–Šalek region. It has six primary schools, seven secondary/high schools, a university, and a music school.

Transportation

Velenje train station in 1997. Driving is not only the fastest and most convenient way to reach Velenje, but it also gives visitors the opportunity to explore the countryside and more remote sites. The drive from Ljubljana takes about one hour. Velenje’s city center is relatively easily covered on foot, or by bicycle. Bicycles can be rented from the tourist office in Villa Bianca.

There are up to 15 trains per day to Ljubljana and Maribor during the week, all of which require a transfer in Celje and take about 2 to 3 hours. Fares cost between €8 and €13 one-way. There are only four trains on Saturdays, and none on Sundays. Velenje’s train station is located just west of the city centre.

Velenje’s bus station is on Šalek Street (Slovene: Šaleška cesta), just east of the Mercator shopping center. There are frequent local and regional buses during the week, with up to five direct buses on weekdays to Ljubljana and up to 22 to Celje. Public city bus transport in Velenje is cost-free.

The nearest airport is Ljubljana Airport, with Graz, Klagenfurt, and Zagreb airports relatively nearby.

Sports

Velenje holds the only 400-kilometre (250 mi) long adventure race in Slovenia, called Adventure Race Slovenia, which is known across Europe and is held every weekend in June. It was first held in 2003 by the Lake Dragon Scout Group.

The handball club RK Gorenje Velenje and football club NK Rudar Velenje are based in Velenje. The city is the birthplace of Jolanda Čeplak, a Slovenian middle distance athlete and Olympic bronze medalist. It is also the hometown of the Slovenian tennis player Katarina Srebotnik.

Contacts

Contact – Peter Dermol
E: peter.dermol@velenje.si , P: +386 3 896 16 04

MAYORS OFFICE

mag. Saša Sevčnikar
Izobrazba: magistrica znanosti s področja ekonomije in poslovnih ved
Telefon: 03 8961 652
Področje dela: Vodja kabineta
mag. Maša Kočevar
Izobrazba: magistrica znanosti s področja informacijsko upravljalskih ved, univ. dipl. sociologinja
Telefon: 03 8961 546
Področje dela: Namestnica vodje kabineta – Odnosi z javnostmi, protokol, urejanje spletišča
Andreja Katič
Izobrazba: univ. dipl. prav.
Telefon: 03 8961 604
Področje dela: Svetovalka župana
Maksimilijan Arlič
Izobrazba: univ. dipl. inž. arh.
Telefon: 03 8961 705
Področje dela: Podsekretar – Vodja investicij
Petra Cerjak
Izobrazba: univ. dipl. rus. in slov.
Telefon: 03 8961 618
Področje dela: Informacije javnega značaja
Aleksandra Forštner
Izobrazba: univ. dipl. pol.
Telefon: 03 8961 736
Področje dela: Urejanje in priprava gradiva za seje Sveta MOV, urejanje spletišča, protokol, odnosi z javnostmi
Vesna Jeličić
Izobrazba: univ. dipl. soc.
Telefon: 03 8961 700
Področje dela: Odnosi z javnostmi, protokol
Vesna Sovinc
Izobrazba: ekonomski tehnik
Telefon: 03 8961 604
Področje dela: Tajništvo
Alma Glotić
Izobrazba: dipl. inž. medijskih komunikacij (UN)
Telefon: 03 8961 603
Področje dela: Pomoč pri pripravi, organizaciji in izvedbi različnih dogodkov

Contact

Mestna občina Velenje
email
info@velenje.si
address
Titov trg 1 / 3320 Velenje
phone
03/8961-600