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|• Total||131.5 km2 (50.8 sq mi)|
|Elevation||355 m (1,165 ft)|
|• Density||34.996/km2 (90.64/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Cerkno (Italian: Circhina, German: Kirchheim) is a small Slovenian town that is the administrative centre of the Municipality of Cerkno (Slovene: Občina Cerkno). It is an economic and cultural centre of the Cerkno Hills (Slovene: Cerkljansko) region.
The municipality of Cerkno was established on 10 March 1994. Its administrative centre is the town of Cerkno and is well known for its ski resort.
The municipality has an area 131.5 km2 (50.8 sq mi), and a population, in 2017, of 4,602: 2,352 men and 2,250 women. Its population density is of 35.0 inhabitants/km2.
The municipality of Cerkno is surrounded by the following municipalities: Železniki to the northeast, Gorenja vas-Poljanej to the east, Idrija to the south, Tolmin to the west and northwest.
Historically, the Cerkno Hills region was part of the Tolmin County. In the 16th century, the area came under the rule of the House of Habsburg. After the end of World War I, the area was occupied by the Italian Army, and then officially annexed to Italy in 1920.
Cerkno is well known for the Laufarija carnival, a festival during spring with carved wooden masks, and also by the Franja Partisan Hospital (Slovene: Partizanska bolnica Franja), a hospital from World War II, that is to northeast of the town of Cerkno and to the west of Dolenji Novaki.
- Slovenian Littoral
- Goriška Statistical Region
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