International Men's Day

Men in the Slovene Regions

In view of 19 November – the International Men's Day, the Slovene Statistical Office has focused on some of the differences regarding men from different parts of Slovenia.

  • 13 November 2018 at 10:30
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  • Martina Brodnik, Tina Osvald Zaletelj, Martina Žnidaršič
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At the beginning of 2018, men accounted for 49.7% of the 2,066,800 inhabitants of Slovenia. Thus, there were more women than men on the entire territory of Slovenia. And yet, a closer insight in the statistical data at a more detailed level, namely by statistical regions, reveals that the gender balance is not always in favour of women. Moreover, in half of the Slovene statistical regions (Koroška, Savinjska, Posavska, Primorsko-notranjska, Goriška and Jugovzhodna Slovenija) there were more men than women. 

Franc, Marko, Ivan or Jože?

At the beginning of 2018, Franc the most frequent male name in Slovenia, but only in 4 statistical regions (Podravska, Savinjska, Zasavska and Primorsko-notranjska). On the other hand, in 4 out of 12 statistical regions the name Franc did not rank among the top 3 male names: in the Obalno-kraška region the most frequent name was Marko, in the Goriška Ivan, in Osrednjeslovenska Janez, and in Jugovzhodna Slovenija Jože.

Among the young aged under 30, the name distribution by statistical regions is more homogeneous. The most frequent name in 2018 was Luka, namely in almost all regions, except in the Koroška region (here the name Žan ranked 1st) and in the statistical region Jugovzhodna Slovenija (here Jan ranked 1st).

Men are the oldest in the Pomurska statistical region

In 2017, the mean age of men living in the Pomurska region (43.4 years) was by almost 2 years above the national average (41.7 years). The youngest were men in the Osrednjeslovenska region (40.3 years). Eventhough the mean age of men was the highest in the Pomurska region, this region was not the region with the highest share of elderly men. This share was the highest in the Goriška region, where the age of every 5th man was 65+ and of every 25th man 80+.

A boy, born in 2017 in the Pomurska region envisages the shortest life expectancy (76.7 years). This is 3 years less than a boy born in the Primorsko-notranjska region who can expect to live the longest among all boys (almost 80 years), just as do the boys born in the Osrednjeslovenska and Obalno-kraška regions.

In 2017, the mean age of men at death was the highest in the Primorsko-notranjska region (76.3 years). The mean age at death was the lowest in Jugovzhodna Slovenija and the Savinjska regions (73.0 years). The mean age of men at death is linked to premature mortality, i.e. mortality before fulfilling 65 years of age, which is more significant for men than for women. In 2017, 19% of men from the Primorsko-notranjska region and 26% of men from the Savinjska and Zasavska regions have not completed 65 years of age.

Men from the Osrednjeslovenska region have the highest average monthly gross earnings

The highest average monthly gross earnings in Slovenia were received by men from the Osrednjeslovenska region and they amounted to EUR 1,937. These were followed by such earnings of residents of the Gorenjska (EUR 1,818) and the Obalno-kraška regions (EUR 1,816). The lowest monthly gross earnings were earned by residents of the Pomurska (EUR 1,575) and the Zasavska regions (EUR 1,649).

The Zasavska had also the highest share of male labour migrants, as 54 % of the employed men had their workplace outside their region of residence. The region with the lowest share of employed men working outside of their region of residence was the Osrednjeslovenska.

Pomurska is the region with the lowest share of youth and therefore the region with the lowest share of pupils and students (6%). It also has the lowest share of men aged 15+ with tertiary education (on average every 7th).
The highest education was attained by men living in the Osrednjeslovenska region, since on average every 4th man attained tertiary education. It was also the region with the highest share of pupils and students (11%). Additionally, it recorded the highest percentage of students enrolled in doctoral studies in the last academic year.

Osrednjeslovenska stands out also as a region with the lowest share of men retired among all Slovenian regions (24% in 2017). On the other hand, in 2017 this share amounted to almost a third or 31% of all retired men in the Zasavska region, but the mean age of a retired man was the lowest among all regions (68.6 years), being by 2.4 years lower than in the Osrednjeslovenska region, where these men were the oldest. 
Men are the tallest in Goriška and the most obese in Zasavska
In 2017, a man in Slovenia was on average 178.1 cm high and weighed 84.7 kg. According to the Body mass index, the weight of over a third of men (38%) was normal weight, whereas more than half of them (61%) were overweight or obese. The highest share of obese men was recorded in the Zasavska region (26%) and the lowest in Koroška (13%) and Goriška (14%).

The highest share of men aged 16+ who were adequately engaged in sport or recreational physical activity (which is according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization 150 minutes per week) was recorded in the Obalno-kraška statistical region (three out of four men). In the Posavska statistical region, on the other hand, every third man did not participate in any sport or recreational activities.

In 2017, the highest proportion of smokers (among men aged 16+) was in the Zasavska statistical region, as 26% of men were daily smokers. The lowest share of daily smokers was in the Goriška statistical region (15% of men). The share of men who consumed alcohol daily or almost daily was the highest in the Obalno-kraška statistical region (15%), while the shares were the lowest in the Pomurska, Koroška and Primorsko-notranjska regions (6% in each).
Despite some bad habits of men in the Obalno-kraška statistical region, this is the region with the highest share of men eating fruit at least twice a day (24%). On the other hand, this share was the lowest among the men living in the Koroška and Zasavska regions (11% in each).

On the scale from 0 (not at all satisfied), to 10 (completely satisfied), the overall life satisfaction was the highest among men living in the Goriška region (7.5), closely followed (7.4) by the Obalno-kraška, Gorenjska and Osrednje-slovenska regions. The overall life satisfaction was the lowest among men living in the Koroška region (6.6). 


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What else do statistical data reveal? 
  • Around half of the primary school pupils were enrolled in music education. In the Obalno-Kraška region almost every 6th boy was enrolled in music education and this was the highest share among all Slovene regions. The lowest share of primary school pupils in music education was in the Gorenjska region, on average only every 16th.
  • Major differences in the characteristics of men by statistical regions in Slovenia were detected (according to NIJZ data) regarding the presence of the fathers at birth of their child. While almost all the fathers in the Primorsko-notranjska and the Goriška regions (94% and 93%, respectively) were in 2017 present at childbirth, their number more than halved in the Pomurska region (48%).
  • According to the data on citizenship, Slovenia is becoming more and more heterogeneous every year. Thus, on average every 13th man living in Slovenia in 2017 was a citizen of a foreign country. The most homogeneous region in 2017 was Pomurska – with 2% male foreign citizens, and the least homogeneous regions were Obalno-kraška (almost 13% of men had foreign citizenship) and the Osrednjeslovenska region (10%).
  • It is significant that it is both the Pomurska and the Goriška regions, that have the highest share of the men aged 40+ still living with their parents (9%). The share of such men was the lowest in the Osrednjeslovenska region (7% of the men aged 40+).
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