Chamber of Commerce of   Dolenjska and Bela krajina


As it is indicated in its name the range of the Chamber's activities encompasses the region of Dolenjska and Bela krajina. This is an area, crossed by many important international traffic routes, it lies in the South-eastern part of Slovenia, it is boarding with Croatia and it is at the same time southernmost border of the European Union. Considering the traffic system it is at the centre of the Slovenian motorway cross, which is a part of European transport corridor, and it is along the planned 3rd development axis, which will improve traffic connection of the region with the European Union as well as countries south of Slovenia (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia...).

Introduction of the region of Dolenjska and Bela krajina

The Dolenjska and Bela krajina region covers an area of 1,689.3 km2 which is 8.33% of the whole Slovenian territory. It has 109,196 inhabitants which is 5.3 % of entire Slovenia’s population. The region is divided into 15 municipalities where the Municipality of Novo mesto represents the biggest one and is spread on 298.5 km2 with the population 36,333.


Review of population count and surface area in municipalities of Dolenjska and Bela krajina


Municipality Surface area in km²

Population count
on 1. 1. 2014

Črnomelj 339.7 14,586
Dolenjske Toplice 110.2 3,385
Metlika 108.9 8,406
Mirna 31,3 2,554
Mirna Peč 48 2,882
Mokronog – Trebelno 73.4 3,032
Novo mesto 235.7 36,333
Semič 146.7 3,806
Straža 28.5 3,842
Šentjernej 96 6,946
Šentrupert 49 2,890
Škocjan 60.4 3,221
Šmarješke Toplice 34.2 3,244
Trebnje 194.6 12,063
Žužemberk 164.3 4,560
Dolenjska and Bela krajina 1,689.6 109,196
Slovenia 20,273 2,061,085
% of Dolenjska and Bela krajina in SLO 8.33 5.3

Source: Statistical office of Republic of Slovenia website.


After the independence was declared in 1991 the number of economic companies increased, especially the number of small sized companies. In 2013 these businesses represented 92 % of all, and they contributed 12 % of net sales revenues and employed 22,3 % of all employees in the area.

There are 23 bigger companies in the region, working in the field of pharmaceutical and automobile industry, electrical and electronics industry, compressor manufacturing, manufacturing of metal constructions, civil engineering and other activities. In 2013 these businesses have employed a half of the region's population, by the end of the year they had a 69,4 % share of all assets by companies in the region. The role of large companies in Dolenjska and Bela krajina is greater than that on the national level; in 2013 large companies made two-thirds of all net sales revenues and employed 48,5 % of employees.

In 2013 businesses in the Dolenjska and Bela krajina region have together employed 21,290 employees.