The region of high mountains, including the symbol of Slovenia, Triglav, is almost entirely Alpine. A large part of this region is protected as a national park. The relief and climate are good bases for tourism.
In 2009, Gorenjska recorded almost 17% of tourist overnights in Slovenia, of which 70% by foreign tourists. As regards the number of beds per 1,000 population, Gorenjska ranked second in Slovenia even though it still had more than a half less beds than the Obalno-kraška region. 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 and in terms of the number of livestock units. That manufacturing activities are the driving force of the region is shown by the fact that almost a third of gross value added was created by these activities in 2008.
Population indicators indicate a favourable situation. As regards the natural increase, in 2009 Gorenjska ranked among the first four regions with the highest fertility, but together with the Osrednjeslovenska region it was the only region with mortality under the national average. The share of young people was among the highest in the country (15%), although already lower than the share of old people (16.6%). Elementary schools in the region were in 2009 among the biggest in the country – on average elementary schools were attended by 230 pupils. The largest is also the teaching load of upper-secondary school teachers with on average 15 pupils per teacher, i.e. four pupils more than in the Savinjska region.