Sloupnice is a municipality in the Svitavy District (until January 1, 2007, in the Ústí nad Orlicí District) of the Pardubice Region in the Czech Republic. It has about 1,700 inhabitants. It lies in the north of Svitavy District, near the border of Ústí nad Orlicí District. The municipality is surrounded by five towns: Litomyšl, Ústí nad Orlicí, Česká Třebová, Vysoké Mýto and Choceň.
Sloupnice is a linear municipality formed around the east-west road connecting towns Ústí nad Orlicí and Vysoké Mýto. Although the length of the municipality along the road is approximately 6.5 km, the width of municipality is up to 500 m. The bus station in the middle of the municipality is the only open space area that can be considered as a municipality common. The brook of Bílá Labuť flows close to the major road in the lower based two-thirds of municipality.
The municipality is made by four administrative parts: Dolní Sloupnice (Lower Sloupnice), with the hamlet of Džbánovec, Horní Sloupnice (Upper Sloupnice), Končiny 1st part and Končiny 2nd part.
Some parts of the main part of municipality (i.e. Dolní Sloupnice and Horní Sloupnice) have their folk names. These names are used at village council meeting as well.
Vesnička – group of houses in the north-east part of the village with the highest altitude, part of Horní Sloupnice
Rafanda – single-family house group located in the middle of Horní Sloupnice, pretty new part of the village
Humna – general term for east-west village zones situated close to surrounding fields (i.e. houses that are not situated along the major road or along the local brook Bílá Labuť)
The name probably originates from the word slup that was a cage used in fishery. On historical maps the village can be found as Sloupnitz with parts Ober Slupnitz (Upper Sloupnitz) and Unter Sloupnitz (Lower Sloupnitz). The name of Džbánovec is diminutive name derived from geographical name Džbánov (Džbánov is neighbour village to Sloupnice). The name of Džbánov was probably derived from the Old Czech name Čbán.
Local area significancy
The municipality of Sloupnice is a local area centre. Health centre, primary school, kindergarten and post office are located there. Especially the health centre and primary school is used by neighbouring municipalities inhabitants.