Country & Regional Profile

Geographical position

Podravje as a region of Slovenia is situated in Central Europe and covers an area of 2.170 km2. It’s international borders are along Austria and Croatia.

Population and language

The Podravje region has approx. 321.000 inhabitants. There is nearly 100% literacy in Podravje (99.6%).A slight declining of the population is the case like in the national level and as in other EU member states.  The infant mortality rate is among the lowest in the world (1.8 per 1,000 liveborns). Life expectancy is 78 years for men and 84 for women.

The Slovenian language is a Southern Slavic language spoken by only two million people. In spite of various influences, in particulary Germanic and Italic, it has preserved its special features. The most notable of them is the dual form, nowadays very rare in other languages.

Main economic indicators on the national level

Indicators

2012

2013

2014

2015

 2016

forecast

  2017

forecast

2018

forecast

GDP (real growth rates, in %)

-2.7

-1.1

3.0

2.9

1.7

2.4

2.3

GDP in EUR million 

35,988

    35,907

    37,303

    38,543

    39,598

40,613

41,880

GDP per capita (PPS)*

21,500

21,500

22,600

-

-

-

-

GDP per capita, in EUR

17,498

17,435

18,093

18,680

 19,179

19,670

20,283

Trade balance, as % of GDP

2.6

5.6

7.0

7.3

7.5

6.8

6.3

Gross external debt in EUR million

42,872

41,658

46,314

44,723

 44,541

-

-

Gross external debt, as % of GDP

119.1

116.0

124.2

116.0

-

-

-

Standardised rate of unemployment (ILO)    

8.9

10.1

9.7

9.0

8.6

8.1

7.5

Labour productivity (% of GDP per employee)   

-1.8

0.3

2.5

1.4

0.8

1.5

1.7

Inflation, year average

2.6

1.8

0.2

-0.5

-0.3

1.3

1.3

Average exchange rate USD/EUR

1.286

1.328

1.329

1.110

1.111

1.114

 

Source: Institute of Macroeconomic analysis and development

 

Regionalni bruto domači proizvod v statistični regiji Podravje

 

SLOVENIJA

Podravska

Mio EUR (fiksni tečaj 2007)

2004

27673

3624

2013

35907

4645

2014

37303

4828

Struktura (Slovenija = 100%)

2004

100

13,1

2013

100

12,9

2014

100

12,9

Na prebivalca, EUR (tekoči tečaj)

2004

13900

11391

2013

17435

14390

2014

18093

14945

Na prebivalca, indeks ravni (Slovenija vsa leta = 100)

2004

100

81,9

2013

100

82,5

2014

100

82,6

Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia

Value Added in Slovenia

Structure of gross value added,2013 (as a % of total economy), international comparison

Source: Eurostat

Value added by activities; real growth rates in % (2017 forecast)

Source: Institute of Macroeconomic analysis and development

 

Living in Podravje

The Podravje region is a picturesque, hospitable and nevertheless a safe place with many different landscapes. This way the region represents a land of numerous tourist destinations and an attractive place for sports and recreation fans.

Main attractive features of Podravje are:

  • several attractive ski resorts.
  • Horseriding paths, interesting destinations for hikers, mountaineers, cyclists, hunters and fishermen, as well as attractive golf courses
  • 8 natural spa resorts throughout the region
  • lakes and rivers of Podravje’s are seducing with their natural beauty and variety possibilities for water sports
  • culture and history of the famous parts of the region can be discovered by visiting castles, churches, museums and galleries. The evening and night life can be spen in cinemas, theatres and casinos.  The historic city centres are living with concerts, shows, exhibitions and other outdoor events – especially in the summer season.
  • The  culinaric specialities are available in the range of national dishes, accompanied by high-quality regional wines.

The foreign languages mostly used by the regional population are English and German.

Public transport and telecommunications are well organized and reliable due to the implementation of the latest technologies.  The healthcare system is well developed and, nevertheless, Slovenia is also known as the country with the lowest crime rate in the world.

Tourists can find more information in “The Offical Travel Guide by the Slovenian Tourist Board

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