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Savinja region

Facts and figures (2015)

 Area2,301 km2  
  Density of population per km2110.5  
  Number of companies14,422  
  Economically active population100,500  
  Registered unemployment rate*      13.3%  
  Average monthly gross wage                                                                                                           € 1,430  

 *Registered unemployed persons are registered with the Employment Service of Slovenia and are actively seeking for employment.

Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia & AJPES, 2016

Location and transport

The Savinjska Region named after the Savinja River stretches along the valley that lies to the east of central Slovenia and borders on Austria to the north and Croatia to the east. Transport infrastructure is well-developed, the regional capital Celje is connected with Maribor and Ljubljana both by railway and motorway.


Socio-economic characteristics of population in the Savinjska region
Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 2016

Socio-economic characteristics of population in the Savinjska region, 2015

Population aged 15 years or more by activity status and education


The regional centre is Celje (49,000) with 5 institutions of higher education where nearly 1,000 students study every year.

Other principal towns include: Velenje (32,700), Žalec (21,300), Šentjur pri Celju (19,000), Slovenske Konjice (14,600) and Laško (13,300).


The region has a long tradition of industry, a high concentration of businesses and is very export oriented. A number of foreign investors found in this region their right mix of qualities.

The most significant sector of industry in the Savinjska Region is the production of machines and appliancesGorenje, one of Slovenia’s largest companies, operates in the region employing 7.4% of its workforce and creating 9% of its revenue. Other industrial sectors include:

  • energy
  • metal processing
  • ore extraction
  • chemicals
  • food
  • coal-mining 


The region also features TECOS – the Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre.

The Savinjska Region boasts a centuries-long tradition as a health spa thanks to its thermal springs.


The most important companies operating in the region include:


Regional Development Agency for Savinja region

RASR, Razvojna agencija savinjske regije

Ulica XIV. divizije 12, SI-3000 Celje

Phone: +386 3 589 40 82

E-mail: razvojna.agencijaping@rasrpong.si

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