Volkermarkt is a town of about 11,000 inhabitants in the Austrian state of Carinthia, the administrative capital of Volkermarkt District. It is located within the Drava valley east of the Carinthian capital Klagenfurt, north of the Karavanke mountain range.
The area, once part of the ancient Noricum province, in the 7th century was resettled by Slavic tribes, who lived within the Principality of Carantania. The migration concentrated around the former Roman settlement of Juenna (near present-day Globasnitz in an area later called Podjuna in Slovene or Jauntal in German. Up to today, significant parts of the population refer to themselves as Carinthian Slovenes.