Location in Slovenia

Coordinates: 46°2′10.79″N 14°5′20.15″E / 46.0363306°N 14.0889306°E / 46.0363306; 14.0889306Coordinates: 46°2′10.79″N 14°5′20.15″E / 46.0363306°N 14.0889306°E / 46.0363306; 14.0889306
Country Slovenia
Traditional region Upper Carniola
Statistical region Upper Carniola
Municipality Žiri
  Total 0.91 km2 (0.35 sq mi)
Elevation 512.6 m (1,681.8 ft)
Population (2002)
  Total 26

Osojnica (pronounced [ɔˈsoːi̯nitsa]) is a small settlement on a stream with the same name, a tributary of the Poljane Sora (Slovene: Poljanska Sora), in the hills southwest of Žiri in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia.[2]


The name Osojnica is derived from the Slovene common noun osoje 'shady side (of a slope)'. Related names in Slovene ethnic territory include Osojnik, Ossiach (in Austria), and Oseacco (in the Resia Valley in Italy).[3]


Before the Second World War, Osojnica and the surrounding area were part of the Kingdom of Italy. The Italians built a small barracks in the settlement. After the war, the building was converted for residential use.[4]


  1. Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. Žiri municipal site
  3. Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 295.
  4. Savnik, Roman, ed. 1968. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 1. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, p. 184.

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