Vojko Obersnel

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Vojko Obersnel
Vojko Obersnel 2008 1.jpg
14th Mayor of Rijeka
Assumed office
2 March 2000
Preceded bySlavko Linić
Personal details
Born (1957-03-25) 25 March 1957 (age 62)
Rijeka, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
Political partySocial Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP)
Spouse(s)Branka Obersnel
Alma materUniversity of Zagreb

Vojko Obersnel (born 25 March 1957) is a Croatian politician currently serving his sixth term as mayor of Rijeka.

Early life[edit]

Obersnel was born in Rijeka (then PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia). In Rijeka he went to the primary school and gymnasium. Obersnel graduated in 1980 at Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. He is holding the title master of medicine genetics. From 1982 to 1997 he worked at the Faculty of Medicine in Rijeka, where he taught biology and medical genetics. He also engaged in scientific and research work in the field of medical genetics and ecotoxicology and performed diagnostics in the cytogenetic laboratory.

He is married to Branka, who is a pediatrician. They together have a son Ognjen, born in 1984, who is a graduate economist.

Political career[edit]

Obersnel has been the member of Social Democratic Party of Croatia since 1990. From 1997 to 2000 he was a member of the Executive council of the City of Rijeka and head of the Department of Health and Social Welfare. In those years, Rijeka significantly expanded the Social Program which encompasses a large number of different forms of assistance. Actively participating in the World Health Organization project Obersnel project has enabled Rijeka to enter the European National Healthy Cities Network.

Mayor of Rijeka (2000–today)[edit]

He became the Mayor of the City of Rijeka on March 2, 2000 when the former mayor Slavko Linić was elected as deputy prime minister in the Ivica Račan government, when the Social Democratic Party of Croatia won the parliamentary elections. Obersnel has so far been elected four times as the mayor of Rijeka, in 2001, 2005, 2009, when he won in the first round with 58.27% of the votes cast in the first direct elections and in 2013, when he won in the second round with 67,67% of the votes cast.

In 2017 Obersnel has decided to run for his 6th and final term as mayor of Rijeka.[1] In the first round of the mayoral elections held on 21 May 2017 he won by a large margin, winning 40,88% of the votes cast, but not winning an absolute majority, so the second round was held on 4 June 2017, in which he won with a large majority of 55,59%.


  1. ^ "Zašto idem po još jedan mandat" (in Croatian). Retrieved 2 June 2017.