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Občina Ribnica
Location of Ribnica municipality
Area: 153,6 km²
Population 9.266
 - males 4.619
 - females 4.647
Mayor: Jože Levstek
Average age: 38,12 years
Residential areas: 30,12 m²/person
 - households: 2.982
 - families: 2.484
Working active: 4.189
 - unemployed: 614
Average monthly salary (avgust 2003):
 - gross: 215.055 SIT
 - net: 140.203 SIT
College/university students: 354
Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, census of 2002.

Ribnica is a town and municipality in southern Slovenia. It is part of the traditional region of Lower Carniola and is now included in the Southeast Slovenia statistical region. Archaeological evidence shows that the area has been settled at least since the late Bronze Age between 1300 and 900 BC. It is first mentioned as Rewenicz in written documents dating to 1220, making it one of the oldest towns in Slovenia. In 1263 it appears as Reiuenz and later in the German: Reifnitz.[1]

The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Stephen and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana. It was built between 1865 and 1868 and has a double belfry that was only completed after 1957 based on an idea by the architect Jože Plečnik.[2]

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45°44′24″N 14°43′51″E / 45.74°N 14.73083°E / 45.74; 14.73083Coordinates: 45°44′24″N 14°43′51″E / 45.74°N 14.73083°E / 45.74; 14.73083


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