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 generated nearly a half of gross value added in the region in 2011. According to the latest available data for 2012, in Jugovzhodna Slovenia 93% of waste water was purified before it was discharged from the public sewage system. This is significantly more than in Slovenia as a whole (58%) but less than in the previous year when less than 3% of waste water was unpurified before it was discharged from the public sewage system. The expenditure on research and development (R&D), which amounted to 4.3% of the regional GDP in 2011, underlined the importance of R&D in the region. The main sources of financing were business enterprises.
The population age structure in this region is favourable. In mid-2012 the value of the ageing index was 105.0, which means that the ratio between the population aged 65 or more and the population aged less than 15 was 105 older people per 100 young people. Brides at marriage in Jugovzhodna Slovenija were in 2012 the youngest (30 years old) and grooms were also among the youngest (33 years old).