“I believe that a foreigner who comes to live in Slovenia temporarily and who has not yet managed to get acquainted with the local mentality will find it hard to understand that our small country, with a population of two million people, comprises as many as 212 municipalities. This many municipalities means we need as many municipal councils and consequently, a corresponding number of councillors, municipal administrations, officials, advisors and so on.

One of the greatest successes of Slovenian politics is the fact that it has not managed to establish an efficient and more importantly, rational model of local self-management in nearly three decades of Slovenian independence. In the times of the former socialist Yugoslavia, Slovenia had a total of 66 municipalities. To this day, many estimate that this was a good system of administration which enabled local interests to be realised efficiently. With the formation of an independent country, the appetites of local leaders increased. Municipalities started growing like no one’s business and the state had no means of limiting their growth. In turn, governments all claimed that they would actively intervene in the system of local arrangements and that, in addition to the primary, municipal level, they would establish a secondary, regional level, which would divide Slovenia into regions, enabling a more rational administration. And this is where a quarrel started that Quentin Tarantino could easily make use of in one of his films. Slovenians cannot agree as to how far Styria reaches, where Carinthians live, whether Inner Carniolans belong to the Littoral region, who exactly the people from the Mura Region are and how White Carniola fits into this entire picture. As this clearly resembles the screenplay of a Tarantino film or, better yet, the Mission Impossible franchise, Slovenian politicians hastily dismiss the issue altogether.” (Slovenia Times)