Idrija is a city in southern Slovenia, in the foothills of the south-eastern Alps. Famous for its mercury mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Municipality of Idrija was awarded the Alpine Town of the Year and the European Destination of Excellence Award in 2011.

After 500 years of mineral extraction and the title of the world’s second-largest mercury mine, Idrija has developed into an important global and regional node with a growing economy and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Slovenia.

The transition from a raw materials supply centre to an industrial city began in the 1960s with the establishment of several electro-industry workshops. In the last decade, the municipality of Idrija has been developing an innovation-based economy, focusing on sustainable development, heritage tourism, and youth policies, all supported and driven by smart city growth strategies. The city is ready to transition again to a knowledge-based economy. 

Idrija was a participant city in the DCC.

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Nice
Nice
France
  • Core
Catanzaro
Catanzaro
Italy
  • Core
Derry
Derry/Londonderry
UK
  • Core
Alcobendas
Alcobendas
Spain
  • Core
Zagreb
Velika Gorica
Croatia
  • Core
Gliwice
Gliwice
Poland
  • Core
Pescara
Pescara
Italy
  • Core
Brno
Brno
Czech Republic
  • Mentor
Rijeka
Rijeka
Croatia
  • Core
Reggio Emilia
Reggio Emilia
Italy
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Barcelona
Barcelona
Spain
  • Core
Coastal Towns Association
Coastal Towns Association
Italy