There have been discussions for several years about reorganizing Slovenia into pokrajine (provinces). Under one proposal, the provinces would be the same as the current statistical regions, except that some names would be moderately changed and Savinjska statistical region would be split into Savinjska and Savinjsko-aleka pokrajine. (See also source .)
I have revised the areas of the regions to match source .
I have updated the table to show the NUTS codes for Slovenia currently in effect.
ISO 3166-2 Newsletter Number I-4 is dated 2002-12-10. It replaces the division of Slovenia into twelve statistical regions with a division into 193 municipalities. I have them listed as secondary subdivisions.
There are various ways of partitioning Slovenia. The basic building blocks seem to be the opčine (communes, or municipalities). There were 62 of them in 1991; 147 after a reorganization on 1994-10-04; and 192 after a referendum on 1998-08-07. There are 58 upravne enote (administrative units), which are almost all made up of one or more entire communes. There are other subdivisions called okrajna sodišča, okrožna sodišča, and višja sodišča. The Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia has defined twelve statistična regije (statistical regions). It remains to be seen which, if any, of these systems becomes established as a standard for Slovenia.
Erratum: In "Administrative Subdivisions of Countries", the statistical regions were incorrectly identified as administrative areas.
International standard ISO 3166-2 was published on December 15, 1998. It superseded ISO/DIS 3166-2 (draft international standard). For Slovenia, the draft standard showed no subdivisions. The final standard showed the twelve statistical regions. These regions and their codes are shown in the first table below. FIPS PUB 10-4 originally listed no subdivisions of Slovenia. Change 1, dated December 1, 1998, lists the 147 communes that existed before the 1998 referendum. They are shown on the Communes of Slovenia page.
Before World War I, Slovenia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It consisted of Carniola and parts of Carinthia, Coastland, and Styria provinces of Austria, as well as small parts of Vasvár and Zala counties of Hungary. In the aftermath of World War I, this area was divided between the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia) and Italy. The border between Italy and Yugoslavia wasn't settled until 1924. In the settlement, Italy received Istria. Yugoslavia was occupied by the axis powers in World War II. After the war, Istria was joined to Yugoslavia. Part of it went to Croatia; the rest eventually became Južna Primorska and Severna Primorska in Slovenia. Meanwhile, Trieste became an independent city in 1947. Its territory was divided into the A Zone (north) and the B Zone (south). In 1954, the B Zone was annexed to Yugoslavia. Slovenia received part of it. On 1991-10-08, Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia.
from ethnic name Slovene, a variant of Slav
Slovenia is divided into twelve statistična regije (statistical regions).
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Slovenia uses four-digit postal codes. Slovene addresses can be identified by prefixing the postal codes with "SI-".
See the Communes of Slovenia page.
It appears that after Slovenia became independent in 1991, it had 62 opčine (communes, although the CIA World Factbook described them as pokrajine [provinces]). The number of communes grew to 146 in 1995, and 210 in 2006. There are also several sets of higher-level divisions, which are defined as groups of communes. I felt that over 200 divisions was too long a listing for such a small country, especially since the communes change fairly often. I chose a set of divisions which seem to be in current use, although they may not have a legal basis. There is another set of 58 divisions, intermediate between the statistical regions and the communes, called upravne enote (administrative units).
New proposed NUTS codes for Slovenia were issued on 2004-09-15. They all began with
SI00. I don't know whether they were ever
actually used. The NUTS codes in effect as of 2007-02 are shown here. There are also two "cohesion regions": Vzhodna Slovenija (East
SI01) and Zahodna Slovenija (West Slovenia,
SI02). The first four characters of the NUTS code for a
statistical region show which cohesion region it belongs to.
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