Orientation & Geography

Europe, Croatia, Istria

Labin (Italian: Albona) is a town in Istria, Croatia, with a town population of 7,904 (2001) and 12,426 in the greater municipality (which also includes the small towns of Rabac/Porto d'Albona and Vine┼ż, as well as a number of smaller villages, such as Crni). Labin/Albona was, for long time, the center of Croatia's largest coalmining district, with four mines operated at its height of production. The mine in downtown Labin/Albona closed in the 1950s, while the last mine was closed down in 1989. The large, coal-fired power plant in nearby Plomin/Fianona now has its coal imported from outside sources once the mines were closed.