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Ajdovščina
Municipality
The town of Ajdovščina
The town of Ajdovščina
Map showing, in red, Ajdovščina
Map showing, in red, Ajdovščina
Country  Slovenia
Traditional regional Littoral
Statistical region Goriška
Area
 • Total 245.2 km2 (94.7 sq mi)
Elevation 106 m (348 ft)
Population (2017)
 • Total 19,093
 • Density 77.867/km2 (201.67/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 5270
ISO 3166-2 SI-001
Website Official website

Ajdovščina (Italian: Aidussina, German: Haidenschaft) is a small Slovenian town that is the administrative centre of the Municipality of Ajdovščina (Slovene: Občina Ajdovščina). It is an economic and cultural centre of the Vipava Valley (Slovene: Vipavska dolina), southwestern Slovenia, near the border with Italy.

The municipality of Ajdovščina was established on 10 March 1994. Its administrative centre is the town of Ajdovščina.

Geography

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View toward the Vipava Valley between Podkraj and Col

The municipality has an area 245.2 km2 (94.7 sq mi), and a population, in 2017, of 19,093: 9,659 men and 9,434 women. Its population density is of 77.9 inhabitants/km2.

The highest point in the municipality is the Veliki Golak mountain (45°58′43.18″N 13°51′51.36″E / 45.9786611°N 13.8642667°E / 45.9786611; 13.8642667 (Veliki Golak)) in Predmeja near the border with the municipality of Nova Gorica; it is 1,495 m (4,905 ft) high. The lowest point is on the Vipava river to the south of the village of Batuje – lying at 60 m (197 ft) above sea level. The average altitude at the town of Ajdovščina is 106 m (348 ft).

The main river in the municipality or that flows through it is the Vipava. The Hubelj river, a right tributary of the Vipava, is a short stream that divides the town of Ajdovščina in two large parts: Ajdovščina itself and Šturje.

The municipality of Ajdovščina is surrounded by the following municipalities: Idrija to the north and east, Postojna to the southeast, Vipava to the south, Komen to the southwest and Nova Gorica to the west.

Climate

Mild winters and hot summers are typical of the Vipava Valley. The average (or mean) July temperature in Ajdovščina, is 24 °C (75 °F) and the average winter temperature is 4 °C (39 °F). The average annual rainfall in the Vipava Valley is 1,500 mm (59.1 in). The Bora wind is a characteristic wind of the valley which is more common during winter; it is a cold and strong wind.

Settlements

Ajdovščina
Ajdovščina

There are 45 settlements (Slovene: Naselja) in the municipality; the main is Ajdovščina, which is the administrative centre of the municipality.

Sister cities

The municipality of Ajdovščina is twinned with:

  • Italy Quiliano, Italy

People from Ajdovščina

  • Anton Čebej (1722–1774), painter
  • Danilo Lokar (1892–1989), author
  • Veno Pilon (1896–1970), painter

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