|Traditional region||Lower Carniola|
|Statistical region||Southeast Slovenia|
|• Total||7.42 km2 (2.86 sq mi)|
|Elevation||467.9 m (1,535.1 ft)|
Željne (pronounced [ˈʒɛːlnɛ]; in older sources also Sela, German: Seele) is a village northeast of the town of Kočevje in southern Slovenia. The area is part of the traditional region of Lower Carniola and is now included in the Southeast Slovenia Statistical Region.
Željne was attested in written sources in 1763–87 as Sella. The name is ultimately derived from Slovene *Sela (literally 'villages', referring to multiple hamlets in the settlement). This name was borrowed into Gottschee German as Seele, and the modern Slovene name Željne was then re-borrowed from the German dative plural form in Seelen 'in Željne'.
- Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
- Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 40.
- Ferenc, Mitja. 2007. Nekdanji nemški jezikovni otok na kočevskem. Kočevje: Pokrajinski muzej, p. 4.
- Kočevje municipal site
- Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 488.
- Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 1891
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