Municipality of Bloke

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Municipality of Bloke
Občina Bloke
Lake Bloke
Lake Bloke
Location of the Municipality of Bloke in Slovenia
Location of the Municipality of Bloke in Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°47′N 14°29′E / 45.783°N 14.483°E / 45.783; 14.483Coordinates: 45°47′N 14°29′E / 45.783°N 14.483°E / 45.783; 14.483
Country  Slovenia
 • Mayor Jože Doles
 • Total 75.1 km2 (29.0 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1]
 • Total 1,578
 • Density 21/km2 (54/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02)

The Municipality of Bloke (pronounced [ˈbloːkɛ]; Slovene: Občina Bloke) is a municipality in Slovenia. Originally a municipality in its own right, it was incorporated into the Municipality of Cerknica in 1955 and it was included in the Municipality of Loška Dolina in 1995, when it split from Cerknica. It was re-established as an independent municipality in 1998.[2]


The Municipality of Bloke is named after the karst Bloke Plateau, over which the majority of its 45 settlements are scattered. The name Bloke was first attested in written sources in 1230 as Oblach (and as Oblukch in 1260, Oblakh in 1360, and Obloc in 1581). These early transcriptions indicate that the name was originally *Obloke, probably derived from the prepositional phrase *ob(ь) lǫky or *ob(ь) lǫkaxъ 'next to the flood-meadow(s)'. Less likely theories connect the name to the meanings 'next to rough terrain' or 'arc, arch'.[3]


Panorama of the Bloke Plateau


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, census of 2002
  2. ^ Bloke municipal site
  3. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 65.

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