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Not to be confused with Partenia or Parthenius (disambiguation).
St. Paternian Church
St. Paternian Church
Coat of arms of Paternion
Coat of arms
Paternion is located in Austria
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°43′N 13°38′E / 46.717°N 13.633°E / 46.717; 13.633Coordinates: 46°43′N 13°38′E / 46.717°N 13.633°E / 46.717; 13.633
Country Austria
State Carinthia
District Villach-Land
 • Mayor Alfons Arnold (SPÖ)
 • Total 105.5 km2 (40.7 sq mi)
Elevation 519 m (1,703 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 5,877
 • Density 56/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9711
Area code 04245

Paternion (Slovene: Špaterjan) is a market town in the district of Villach-Land in the Austrian state of Carinthia. It is located within the Drava valley about 18 kilometres (11 mi) in the north-west of the city of Villach.


Paternion is subdivided into six Katastralgemeinden: Feistritz an der Drau, Kamering, Kreuzen, Nikelsdorf, Paternion and Rubland.


Settled since the Hallstatt culture, the place was first mentioned as St. Paternianus in a 1296 deed, named after Saint Paternian, the Bishop of Fano, as the area south of the Drava then belonged to the Patriarchate of Aquileia.[2] In 1530 Paternion received market rights from Archduke Ferdinand I of Austria. With a percentage of about 30%, the municipality is today one of the centres of Protestantism in Carinthia.


Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2009 elections:

Twin town[edit]


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Media related to Paternion at Wikimedia Commons