Central Sava Statistical Region

Central Sava Statistical Region
Zasavska statistična regija
Statistical region
Municipalities 3
Largest town Trbovlje
  Total 485 km2 (187 sq mi)
Population (2015)
  Total 57,567
  Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
  Households 23529
  Employed 14380
  Registered unemployed 3374
  College/university students 2094
  Regional GDP: EUR 466 m
(EUR 10,886 per capita)

The Central Sava Statistical Region[1][2][3][4] (Slovene: Zasavska statistična regija) is a statistical region in Slovenia. This statistical region in the Sava Hills is the smallest region in the country in terms of both area and population. In mid-2013 almost 43,300 people lived on 264 km², meaning that together with the Central Slovenia Statistical Region it is the most densely populated statistical region. The natural and geographic features of this region create conditions for industrial activities and more than a third of gross value added is still generated by manufacturing, mining, and other industry. In 2013, the region once again recorded the highest negative annual population growth rate (−11.9‰), which was mainly a result of migration to other statistical regions. Among all statistical regions in 2013, this region had the highest negative net migration between regions; namely, −9.5. This region also stands out by age of mothers at childbirth. In 2013 first-time mothers in the region were on average 28.5 years old, whereas first-time mothers in the Central Slovenia Statistical Region were on average 1 year older. In the same year, the number of unemployed persons increased further. The registered unemployment rate was among the highest in the country (16.6%). In comparison with other regions, this is 7 percentage points more than in the region with the lowest registered unemployment rate, Upper Carniola, and almost 1 percentage point less than in the region with the highest unemployment rate, the Mura Statistical Region. According to the labour migration index, this is the most residential statistical region. In 2013, 60% of people in the region worked in their region of residence, and 40% worked in another region.


The Central Sava Statistical Region comprises the following four municipalities:


The population in 2015 was 57,567. It has a total area of 485 km².


Employment structure: 51.2% services, 46.9% industry, 1.9% agriculture.


It attracts very few tourists with only 0.1% of the total number of tourists in Slovenia.



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Coordinates: 46°09′00″N 14°58′00″E / 46.15000°N 14.96667°E / 46.15000; 14.96667

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