Municipality of Novo Mesto
The Municipality of Novo Mesto (Slovene: Mestna občina Novo mesto) is a municipality in southeast Slovenia, close to the border with Croatia. There are approximately 36,000 people living in the municipality. Novo Mesto is the administrative, economic, ecclesiastical, cultural, educational, health and sports centre of the Southeast Region of Slovenia. It is recognisable by its exceptionally successful pharmaceutical, automotive, construction, textile and other industries, as the municipality is home to larger companies. There are several primary schools, high schools, vocational schools and institutions for higher education located in Novo Mesto. In addition, there are also many language and dance schools, youth centres, cultural and sport associations in the town, which give young people different options for active spending of their free time. There are also many NGOs operating in the territory of municipality, which are co-financed by the municipality. Voluntary work, intercultural competences and citizen participation has been always strongly supported by the Municipality of Novo Mesto, especially in the fields of education, culture and social issues.