Sveta Nedjelja, today a town, lies only 13 kilometres west of Zagreb.
Today’s territory of the town of Sveta Nedelja is based on the Local Self-Government Act of 30 December 1992 and corresponds to the centuries old borders of the Sveta Nedelja parish and former municipality. The first record of the Sveta Nedelja parish dates back to 1501, though there are indications that it was first mentioned in 1334. The territory of the town covers an area of 65 square kilometres and includes 14 settlements: Bestovje, Brezje, Jagnjić Dol, Kalinovica, Kerestinec, Mala Gorica, Novaki, Orešje, Rakitje, Srebrnjak, Strmec, Sveta Nedelja, Svetonedeljski Breg and Žitarka.
Geographical position and its advantages
The area is situated in a very attractive area west of Zagreb between the Sava River, Okić and Samoborsko gorje that includes both hills and plains. The area has good transport connections to Zagreb, Samobor, Jastrebarsko and Zaprešić. Its proximity to the capital city of Zagreb and important traffic routes (Zagreb – Ljubljana Motorway, Ljubljana – Sveta Nedelja – Rijeka) have sparked rapid economic development, particularly in tourism, which is strongly present throughout the town area. The Sveta Nedelja region is a favourite destination for numerous visitors wanting to enjoy a variety of sports and recreation possibilities: from walks or bicycle rides through the lovely Sveta Nedelja hills, to fishing at the lakes in Rakitje, Orešje, Kerestinec and Strmec, to playing tennis, paintball, or visiting the adrenalin park. The numerous restaurants with a wide selection of culinary specialities are also popular.
Seven culture and arts societies are active in Sveta Nedelja: Antun Mihanović in Bestovje, Zvonko Lenard-Pikić in Rakitje, Mala Gorica in Mala Gorica, Sveta Nedelja in Sveta Nedelja, Strmec in Strmec, Kerestinec in Kerestinec, Sloga Friends Club in Brezje and the Sveta Nedelja Majorettes Society and the Gromovnik Pistol Club in Sveta Nedelja. These societies play an important rule in working to preserve the traditional national costumes of their villages, their customs, songs and dances. The main parts of the male folk costume were the pants and vests, while the dress, vest and apron were the main characteristics of the female costume. The societies also nurture the tradition of preserving the making of the specific jewellery of this region, called the Sveta Nedelja kraluž, which was also an integral part of the local folk costume.