Selnica ob Dravi is a community in the central Drava Valley in Slovenia.
Illustration : Selnica ob Dravi Municipality – Foto Anka
The Municipality of Selnica ob Drava is a green and development-oriented municipality. Its
creation dates back to 1998, when three new ones were created from the former joint
Municipality of Ruše, one of which was ours. It lies in the Drava Valley, on the left bank of the
Drava River and connects the regions of Styria and Carinthia. It is only 15 km away from the city of
Maribor, which is the second largest city in Slovenia and at the same time the regional,
administrative, educational, cultural and economic center of northeastern Slovenia.
There are 14 settlements in the municipality, the largest of which is Selnica ob Drava, which has
more than 900 years of history. In the past, the Drava River and the proximity of neighboring
Austria played an important role in the development of the area. It was the state border that
halted development in the years after World War II and after independence. After the creation of
an independent municipality, active activities in the direction of development in all economic
sectors began again. We adopted the starting points of sustainable development with the aim of
becoming a municipality whose development is based on protecting the environment and
respecting people, as well as taking care of the economic well-being of the place and its
Selnica ob Drava also has an interesting history in the cultural field. The area of Sv. Duha na
Ostrem vrh and Viltuš Castle with exceptional artistic and cultural value. The center of the town is
decorated with the church of St. Marjeta and the church of St. John the Baptist on Janževa Gora.
Next to the Drava is a statue of John Nepomuk, the patron saint of abortionists who visited the
place centuries ago. The municipality is also home to the oldest hydroelectric power plant on the
Drava River and in this part of Europe – HPP Fala. It houses a museum of technical heritage, which
has been declared a cultural monument of national importance.
The Municipality of Selnica ob Drava is building its future on the principles of sustainable
development. In doing so, it ensures the activation of all available potentials, taking into account
the quality of life of people and the environment, as well as social responsibility towards current
and future generations. The municipality’s strategy is therefore aimed at maintaining the balance
of its ecosystems and energy independence.
The fundamental mission of the Municipality of Selnica ob Drava is to provide services and
conditions that contribute to the quality of life and work of citizens and organizations by satisfying
their needs according to the given resources. The services provided by the municipality are
efficient and fiscally responsible, which is why its citizens and organizations value them. The
organization of the Municipality of Selnica ob Drava ensures the implementation of one of the
fundamental democratic principles, namely the participation of citizens in the management of
public, local affairs. The municipality will thus be recognizable by the openness of its citizens,
orientation towards energy-saving and environmentally friendly agricultural and other activities,
and by the even richer cultural and sports activities of its citizens and organizations.
We build a municipality that functions the way we want it to by achieving the following goals: