Drava Statistical Region

Drava Statistical Region
Podravska statistična regija
Statistical region
Municipalities 41
Largest city Maribor
  Total 2,170 km2 (840 sq mi)
Population (2015)
  Total 322,545
  Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
  Households 133,789
  Employed 104,446
  Registered unemployed 20,061
  College/university students 11,887
  Regional GDP: EUR 4.828 bn
(EUR 14,945 per capita)

The Drava Statistical Region[1][2][3] (Slovene: Podravska statistična regija) is a statistical region in Slovenia. The largest town in the region is Maribor. Its name comes from the Drava River and includes land on both banks along its course through Slovenia as well as the Pohorje mountains in the northeast of the region. The Drava is used for the production of hydroelectricity and the fertile land around it is used for agriculture. The share of job vacancies in all available jobs is among the highest in Slovenia and the region has a positive net migration rate but a very high natural decrease, which means an overall decrease in the population.


The Drava Statistical Region comprises the following 41 municipalities:


The population in 2015 was 322,545. It has a total area of 2,170 km².


Employment structure: 63.4% services, 35.8% industry, 0.8% agriculture.


It attracts only 3.2% of the total number of tourists in Slovenia, most being from foreign countries (68.9%).



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  3. Boršič, Darja, & Alenka Kavkler. 2009. Modeling Unemployment Duration in Slovenia Using Cox Regression Models. Transition Studies Review 54(1): 145–156, p. 148.

Coordinates: 46°27′00″N 15°41′00″E / 46.45000°N 15.68333°E / 46.45000; 15.68333

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