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Municipality of Nova Gorica

City Municipality of Nova Gorica
Trg Edvarda Kardelja 1
5000 Nova Gorica
Tel: +386 5 335 01 11
Fax: +00386 5 302 12 33





Mayor: Samo TUREL
Population: 31,752
Area: 280 sq km
Statistical Region: Severnoprimorska
Number of Settlements: 44
Activity Code (SKD): 84.110 - General Public Administration Activities
VAT Identification Number: SI53055730
Registration Number: 5881773000
Bank Account: IBAN SI56 0128 4010 0014 022 (Bank of Slovenia Ljubljana)



Mayor's Cabinet
Mayor's Secretary: +386 5 335 0 101

Director's Office
Secretary's Office: +386 6 335 0 121

Public Relations, Protocol and International Cooperation Service
Secretary's Office: +386 6 335 0 182

Environment, Spatial Planning and Public Infrastructure
Secretary's Office: +386 5 335 0 301

Social Activities
Secretary's Office: +386 5 335 0 160

Economy and Public Services
Secretary's Office: +386 5 335 0 130

Project Office
Secretary's Office: +386 5 335 0 171

Finances and Accounting
Secretary's Office: +386 5 335 0 150



The largest municipality in the Goriška Region, Nova Gorica is one of the eleven city municipalities of Slovenia and seat of all the major regional institutions. The municipality lies in the western part of Slovenia along the border with Italy, stretched across 280 square kilometres. The population is currently 31,752 and the average age is 44.3 years.

The municipality is divided into 19 local communities with 44 settlements: Banjšice, Branik (Branik, Preserje, Spodnja Branica, Steske, Pedrovo), Čepovan, Dornberk (Brdo, Budihni, Dornberk, Draga, Potok pri Dornberku, Saksid, Tabor, Zalošče) , Gradišče nad Prvačino, Grgar, Grgarske Ravne - Bate (Grgarske Ravne, Bate, Dragovica), Kromberk - Loke (Kromberk, Loke), Lokovec, Lokve - Lazna (Lokve, Lazna), Nova Gorica (Nova Gorica, Pristava), Osek - Vitovlje (Osek, Vitovlje), Ozeljan (Ozeljan, Šmihel), Prvačina, Ravnica (Ravnica, Podgozd), Rožna Dolina (Ajševica, Rožna Dolina, Stara Gora), Solkan (Solkan, Šmaver, Sveta Gora), Šempas, Trnovo (Trnovo, Nemci, Voglarji).

The neighbouring municipalities are: Brda, Kanal, Tolmin, Idrija, Ajdovščina, Komen, Miren - Kostanjevica, Šempeter - Vrtojba, Renče - Vogrsko and Gorizia (Italy).

The Mediterranean Sea, the Alps and continental Europe are all quite close to the city and therefore the climate is mostly sub-Mediterranean with plenty of sunshine, mostly mild, rainy winters and hot summers. The Karst plateau might also affect the local climate. The land is also greatly varied as it comprises different types of land with the Soča River running through all of them. Mount Sabotin rises to the northwest of the city and the mountains stretch out from the left bank of the Soča River as the western part of the High Karst: the last branches of the Dinaric Mountains, which include the Banjšice Plateau and the Trnovo Forest. These two plateaus are cut off on each side by steep valleys: the Soča valley to the west, the extremely dry Čepovanski dol to the east and the south, and the Idrijca valley to the north. The passage from south-west is slightly more gradual, as the Banjšice plateau descends towards the Grgar Basin and into the Soča Plain at Solkan. The terrain then rises against towards the south onto the Karst plateau, and the winegrowing lower Vipava Valley lies in the middle of all that. Nova Gorica lies in a strategic intersection of transport routes between the Po Valley to the southwest, the Soča valley reaching far north into the Alps, and central Slovenia, which leads on to the Balkans and the Pannonian Basin.


Samo Turel, Mayor of the City Municipality of Nova Gorica 

Samo Turel was born on Youth Day (25 May) in 1975 and went to primary school in Renče. After finishing general upper secondary school in Nova Gorica, he continued his studies at the Law Faculty of the University of Ljubljana. He graduated in 2000 and started to work at the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Northern Primorska in Nova Gorica. In the same year, he got the opportunity to undertake the mandatory apprenticeship for the state bar exam. Therefore, he was employed at the Higher Court in Koper for two years and undertook the apprenticeship at the courts of the Nova Gorica district area.  After passing the state bar exam in March 2003, he decided to work with the judicial authorities. In the first seven years, he was a secretary of the court, and after the judicial reform in 2010, he became a director of the court. In this post, together with an excellent team, he led 160 co-workers at five locations in Nova Gorica, Ajdovščina, Idrija and Tolmin. 

In 2009 he took up the role of a mediator for civil and commercial disputes at the court. In 2006, he was the head of the “Preparation and execution of the court budgets and accountancy working group within the “Matra flex” project at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia. From October 2017, he was a member of the “Green printing” project group at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia, whose goal was to update several available multifunctional devices, particularly in the light of achieving a lower carbon footprint and lower consumption of consumable goods. From March 2018, he was a member of the “Judicial staff” project subgroup  of the “Improving judiciary quality” project at the Supreme Court of the RS, whose strategic goal is to improve the competences and develop the knowledge of all employees of the Slovenian courts. From 2017 to 2002, he was a member of the Committee for Complaints arising from the Employment Relationship at the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. 

He has always tried to expand his professional work on the international level, too. In the capacity of director of the court, he was a member of the European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters at the European Commission, within which directives and decrees of the European Commission are prepared, designed for alleviating and accelerating procedures with a cross-border element in the civil and economic fields within the European Union. As a legal expert, he was a representative of the court within the CEPEJ (European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice) at the Council of Europe, whose goal is to improve the efficiency of the court systems within the member countries of the Council of Europe, with the analysis of conditions and preparation of guidelines. He has always enjoyed being a part of the social life of the area where he has lived. In his student years, he was a president of the Akademski zbor Vinka Vodopivca choir in Ljubljana and president of the Klub goriških študentov local student association in Nova Gorica as well as of the Plavalni kluba Nova Gorica swimming association. He continued his social activities as a member of the parents’ council of the Nova Gorica Music School and as the president of the Institute Council of the Fran Erjavec Nova Gorica Primary School, until being elected as mayor. 

He and his partner are parents to two school-age children. His family is his pride and joy. He is an open-minded individual, likes working with people, and new challenges represent a fresh impetus for him. He is convinced that an open and active dialogue between all participants must be a basic guideline in a local community. He is optimistic in his nature and likes to ensure that all work set is seen through to the end.


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  • 1 Banjšice
  • 2 Branik
  • 3 Dornberk
  • 4 Čepovan
  • 5 Gradišče nad Prvačino
  • 6 Grgar
  • 7 Grgarske Ravne - Bate
  • 8 Kromberk - Loke
  • 9 Lokovec
  • 10 Lokve, Lazna
  • 11 Nova Gorica
  • 12 Osek - Vitovlje
  • 13 Ozeljan-Šmihel
  • 14 Prvačina
  • 15 Ravnica
  • 16 Rožna Dolina
  • 17 Solkan
  • 18 Trnovo
  • 19 Šempas