Facts About Kranj
- Kranj is an industrial hub, and various companies have established their presence in the city. The local economy is driven by industries such as manufacturing, technology, and services.
- Kranj is the third-largest city in Slovenia and serves as the capital of the Upper Carniola region (Gorenjska). It is an important administrative, cultural, and economic centre for the region.
- The city is known for its vibrant cultural scene, with various festivals, concerts, and events taking place throughout the year. Kranj is also famous for its ties to Slovenia’s national poet, France Prešeren, who was born in the nearby village of Vrba.
- Kranj is situated in the northwest of Slovenia, approximately 20 kilometres northwest of the country’s capital, Ljubljana. It is nestled among the Julian Alps and the Karavanke mountain range.
- The elevation of Kranj is 386 m or 1,266 ft above sea level
- Kranj’s city centre has been inhabited since the Late Stone Age or the Neolithic period, over 6000 years ago. As a result, Kranj holds the distinction of being one of the oldest continuously inhabited locations in Slovenia, making it one of the country’s most ancient cities.
- The first written mention of the name “Kranj” dates back to the 12th century.
- Kranj is the site of a mass grave from the period immediately after the Second World War. The Planina Mass Grave is located in a small woods in a field near the city cemetery.
- Kranj was affected by plague outbreaks in 1836 and 1855.
- The city is home to several educational institutions, including the University of Primorska, the Faculty of Tourism Studies, and the Kranj Music School.
|Total Area of Kranj||26.3 km2 (10.2 sq mi)|
|Total Population||37,941, as of 2020|