Prekmurje is a region in Slovenia's utmost North-East, having roughly the same size as Luxembourg. It is by its very nature quite international, being surrounded by Austria, Hungary, and Croatia.
In a way, Prekmurje is blessed: Being so close to the rich and economically strong country of Austria without being part of it, has been a great advantage for the region ever since Slovenia's independence from communist Yugoslavia in 1991. It can be said that Prekmurje possesses the best of two worlds: Austria's economy is its motor, but the specific Slovenian circumstances, like lower taxes, wages for workers, and living costs, have created a situation quite favourable for its economic development.
Its second blessing is its natural beauty in a mild, continental climate. Imagine rolling hills, forests, pastures, and meadows in Europe's ancient heartland, with an abundance of traditional villages and an agriculture that keeps the landscape beautiful.
Murska Sobota (population 20 thousand) is the region's capital, its biggest town, and its cultural center. As recently as 2006, it became the seat of a new Catholic Diocese. The town is an important hot spot for spa tourism.