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Velenje ( ) is a municipality with 33.331 inhabitants in the northeast of Sloveniamarker. Stari Velenje (the old part at the foot of the castle) is mentioned for the first time 1264 and 1374 as small market town and was a center of handicraft and trade. Due to lignite mining, the city expanded especially after World War II. After the death of Yugoslavmarker president for life Tito it was renamed Titovo Velenje in 1981, but the old name was returned to the city in 1991, shortly before Slovenia became independent.

Velenje is the headquarters of Gorenje, a manufacturer of household appliances, and the former hometown of Jolanda Čeplak, a Slovenian middle distance athlete and Olympic bronze medalist. It is also the hometown of Katarina Srebotnik, a Slovenian tennis player and handball club RK Gorenje.

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Arnačemarker, Bevčemarker, Črnovamarker, Hrastovecmarker, Janškovo selomarker, Kavčemarker, Lazemarker, Lipjemarker, Lopatnikmarker, Lopatnik pri Velenjumarker, Ložnicamarker, Paka pri Velenjumarker, Paški Kozjakmarker, Pirešicamarker, Plešivec, Podgorjemarker, Podkraj pri Velenjumarker, Prelskamarker, Silovamarker, Šenbricmarker, Škalemarker, Škalske Cirkovcemarker, Šmartinske Cirkovcemarker, Velenje, Vinska Goramarker

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