Medvode (pronounced [mɛˈdʋoːdɛ] (listen); German: Zwischenwässern[2]) is a town and a municipality in Slovenia.[3] The Sava and Sora rivers join in Medvode, from which the town's name (which means 'between the waters') is derived.[4]


Občina Medvode
Town and Municipality
Location of the Municipality of Medvode in Slovenia
Location of the Town of Medvode in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°08′N 14°26′E
Country Slovenia
  MayorNejc Smole
  Total77.6 km2 (30.0 sq mi)
  Density180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02 (CEST)


After the Second World War, a Yugoslav labor camp for political prisoners operated in Medvode.[5]


Two large factories, Color[6] and Donit,[7] are based in Medvode. The Sava River at Medvode is also the location of the Medvode Hydroelectric Power Plant.[8] The hydroelectric plant was built in part using forced labor by Catholic priests held as political prisoners after the Second World War.[9]


  1. Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, census of 2002
  2. Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 110.
  3. Medvode municipal site
  4. Snoj, Marko (2009). Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan. p. 258.
  5. Mrvič, Irena. 1999. "Taborišče." Enciklopedija Slovenije, vol. 13 (Š–T), pp. 177–179. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, p. 179.
  6. Color Medvode site Archived 2008-12-24 at the Wayback Machine
  7. Donit Tesnit site
  8. Sava Electrical Plants site
  9. Tamara Griesser Pečar (2008). "The Roman Catholic Church in Slovenia under Three Totalitarian Regimes". In Jambrek, Peter (ed.). Crimes Committed by Totalitarian Regimes (PDF). Brussels: Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. p. 80. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
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