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Matulji Municipality
Općina Matulji
Matulji HR.jpg
Flag of Matulji
Matulji is located in Croatia
Location of Matulji in Croatia
Coordinates: 45°22′N 14°19′E / 45.367°N 14.317°E / 45.367; 14.317Coordinates: 45°22′N 14°19′E / 45.367°N 14.317°E / 45.367; 14.317
CountyPrimorje-Gorski Kotar
 • MayorVedran Kinkela (SDP)
 • City Council
17 members[1]
 • Municipality13 km2 (5 sq mi)
 • Municipality11,246
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code051
Vehicle registrationRI Edit this at Wikidata

Matulji (Italian: Mattuglie) is a municipality in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia. It is located 10 kilometers (6 mi) west of the city of Rijeka, north of the town of Opatija, and it borders Slovenia.


There are a total of 11,246 inhabitants in the municipality, in the following settlements:[2]

In the 2011 census, 90.87% were Croats.[3]


Municipal building of Matulji

The municipality is of great transportation importance because of the major railway and highway networks connecting Rijeka with Ljubljana and Trieste to the west, Zagreb and Split to the east and Pula to the south through the Učka tunnel. Sixty five percent of the annual Croatian border traffic takes place through four international border crossings - Pasjak (with Starod in Ilirska Bistrica municipality on the Slovenian side), Rupa (with Jelšane), Mune (with Starod), and Lipa (with Novokračine) - within the Matulji municipality. Šapjane, a main railway crossing into Slovenia with Ilirska Bistrica) on the Slovenian side, is also in the municipality.

The Opatija - Matulji railway station, the principal railway station for Opatija and surrounding municipalities, was constructed and opened in 1873.[4]

The A7 motorway starts in the northern part of the municipality, on the border crossing with Slovenia and connects with the A8 expressway at the south, next to Rijeka and Opatija.


The region is well known locally for its Istro-Romanian folklore, namely Zvončari during the carnival festivities.


  1. ^ "Konačni rezultati izbora" (PDF) (in Croatian). Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Matulji". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  3. ^ "Population by Ethnicity, by Towns/Municipalities, 2011 Census: County of Primorje-Gorski kotar". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  4. ^ "History of Opatija". Retrieved 2 September 2019.


External links[edit]

Media related to Matulji at Wikimedia Commons