Pokolpje (Slovenian for Kolpa River Valley) is situated in the Southeast Slovenia and stretches along the Slovenian–Croatian border. It represents the area around the Kolpa River.
Zemljevid Pokolpja English

The area is one of the most naturally preserved parts of Slovenia and even Central Europe. This wine-growing region is distinguished by its karst, mainly forested landscape and its biodiversity. Throughout the history, this area was settled by various ethnic nationalities that formed a culture of high working ethics and hospitality. Pokolpje covers the area of seven municipalities, namely Črnomelj, Kočevje, Kostel, Loški Potok, Metlika, Osilnica and Semič.


  • Area (sq km): 1,377.50
  • Population (1. 1. 2017): 45,249
  • Density of population per sq km (1. 1. 2017): 29.84
  • Number of companies (2015): 2,709
  • Active working population (May 2017): 16,384
  • Unemployment rate (May 2017): 12.8 %
  • Registered unemployed persons (July 2017): 3,115
  • Average monthly gross wage (May 2017): 1,324.42 €


Development benefits of the Pokolpje region:

  • quality labour force,
  • a large number of plots fully-equipped with infrastructure at attractive prices intended for economic activity,
  • strategic location between the Central and South Europe on the border with the Republic of Croatia. Ljubljana, the capital of the Republic of Slovenia, and Zagreb, the capital of the Republic of Croatia, with international airports are in the vicinity and easily accessible, as are the important ports for Central Europe – the ports of Koper, Rijeka and Trieste,
  • special tax incentives for investments in the Pokolpje region,
  • extremely well-preserved natural and cultural heritage for development of tourism,
  • forested landscape and wealth of renewable energy sources (wood biomass, solar, water and geothermal energy),
  • support to potential investors by development institutions,
  • high quality of life.

In the Pokolpje region, there are 40 locations intended for economic activities. 

Pokolpje brochure - ENG (pdf; 2,2 MB)