This statistical region in the south-east of Slovenia is the largest region in the country and incorporates four distinct parts: the land of woodenware, of the brown bear, of light red wine Cviček and of Zeleni Jurij (Green George).
The development of this region is largely the result of industry (car industry, pharmaceutical industry and other light industry) as it created almost a half of gross value added in the region in 2009. In 2010, enterprises, companies and organisations with 20 or more employees were fourth in the country according to per capita gross investments in new fixed assets and only slightly exceeded the national. The expenditure on research and development (R&D), which amounted to 3.4% of the regional GDP in 2009, underlined the importance of R&D in the region. The main sources of financing were business enterprises.
This region had lower registered unemployment rates than the national average. However, the structure of unemployed was less favourable since almost half of them had the lowest level of education.
Population indicators are much more favourable. In 2010 the region was third in terms of population increase, which mainly increased due to the higher number of newborns. The share of young people (aged 0-14) was still among the highest in the country, although it was already lower than the share of people aged 65 or more. Despite that, the mean age of population in Jugovzhodna Slovenija is the lowest; in 2010 it was more than 2 years lower than the mean age of population in those regions with the highest mean age.