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Knej Slovenia.jpg
Knej is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°50′47.77″N 14°35′54.74″E / 45.8466028°N 14.5985389°E / 45.8466028; 14.5985389Coordinates: 45°50′47.77″N 14°35′54.74″E / 45.8466028°N 14.5985389°E / 45.8466028; 14.5985389
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Lower Carniola
Statistical region Central Slovenia
Municipality Velike Lašče
 • Total 0.74 km2 (0.29 sq mi)
Elevation 493.8 m (1,620.1 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 22

Knej (pronounced [ˈkneːi̯] or [ˈknɛi̯]) is a small settlement west of Rašica in the Municipality of Velike Lašče in central Slovenia. The area is part of the traditional region of Lower Carniola and is now included in the Central Slovenia Statistical Region.[2]


The settlement was first attested in 1389 as zu dem Kne (and as in der Kneya in 1463 and Kney in 1484). The name Knej is believed to be related to Russian kneja (кнея) 'woods in the middle of a field' and Polish knieja 'woods where it is forbidden to cut; hunting area', both derived from Slavic *kъnъ 'stump', thus referring to a local geographical feature.[3]


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Velike Lašče municipal site
  3. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 191.

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