Savinja Statistical Region

Savinja Statistical Region
Savinjska statistična regija
Statistical region
Municipalities 33
Largest city Celje
  Total 2,301 km2 (888 sq mi)
Population (2015)
  Total 254,237
  Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
  Households 102482
  Employed 89352
  Registered unemployed 16583
  College/university students 10441
  Regional GDP: EUR 4,278 bn
(EUR 16,455 per capita)

The Savinja Statistical Region[1][2][3][4] (Slovene: Savinjska statistična regija) is a statistical region in Slovenia. The largest town in the region is Celje. It is named after the Savinja River. The region is very diverse in terms of natural geography; it mainly comprises the wooded mountainous terrain attractive to tourists (the Upper Savinja Valley and part of the Kamnik–Savinja Alps), the fertile Lower Savinja Valley with good conditions for growing hops, the Kozje Hills, and the Velenje Basin with lignite deposits, used for electricity production. In 2013 the region invested more than EUR 127 million in environmental protection (the most of all regions). In 2013, the region accounted for 14% of enterprises created and 8% of enterprises shut down. The region has good natural conditions for agriculture. In 2013 this region had more than 11,000 farms, which is 15% of all farms in Slovenia, ranking the region right behind the Drava Statistical Region. In terms of agricultural area utilised and livestock, the region was also in second place. This region is a well-known and popular tourist destination. In 2012, tourist arrivals and overnight stays in this region represented 11.1% of all tourist arrivals in Slovenia and 15.0% of all overnight stays. On average, tourists spent four nights here.


The Savinja Statistical Region comprises the following 31 municipalities:

The municipalities of Bistrica ob Sotli and the Radeče were part of the region until January 2015; they became part of the Lower Sava Statistical Region in 2015.


The population in 2015 was 254,237. It has a total area of 2,301 km².


Employment structure: 51.8% services, 45.6% industry, 2.6% agriculture.


It attracts 10.4% of the total number of tourists in Slovenia, most being from Slovenia (52.8%).



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Coordinates: 46°15′00″N 15°10′00″E / 46.25000°N 15.16667°E / 46.25000; 15.16667

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