The region of high mountains, including the symbol of Slovenia, Triglav, is almost entirely Alpine. A large part of this statistical region is protected as a national park. The relief and climate are good bases for tourism.
In 2012, Gorenjska recorded almost 18% of tourist nights in Slovenia, of which 76% by foreign tourists. As regards the number of beds per 1,000 population, Gorenjska ranked second in Slovenia even though it still had almost half fewer beds than the Obalno-kraška region. In 2012 the registered unemployment rate here was the lowest in Slovenia, namely 3 percentage points lower than the national average and more than 8 percentage points lower than in the Pomurska region where the registered unemployment rate was the highest. Although agriculture in this region is not among the most important activities, agricultural holdings are among the largest in the country both in terms of average utilised agricultural area per agricultural holding and in terms of the number of livestock units per agricultural holding.
At the beginning of 2013 this region had a relatively favourable educational structure. The share of people without education, with incomplete elementary school or with elementary school was below the national average, while the share of people with tertiary education was above the national average. In this region municipal waste is carefully separated; namely in 2012 half of municipal waste was separately collected.