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International Women's Day

The women living in the Slovene regions

In view of 8 March, the International Women's Day, the Slovene statistical office points out some of the differences among women from different parts of Slovenia.

  • 3/4/2019
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  • Dejan Aranđelović, Martina Lozej, Tina Osvald Zaletelj, Martina Žnidaršič
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In the beginning of 2018, women accounted for 50.3% of the 2,066,880 inhabitants of Slovenia. Eventhough there were more women than men in the entire Slovenia, women in fact began to outnumber men at around 60 years of age. That it was women who lived longer than men was reflected in the fact that they represented two thirds of the population aged 80+. Moreover, in half of the Slovene statistical regions (Pomurska, Podravska, Zasavska, Osrednjeslovenska, Gorenjska and Obalno-kraška) there were more women than men. 



Is your name Marija or Ana?

In the beginning of 2018, Marija was the most common name in Slovenia, while Ana was the second one. This was valid in all statistical regions. The share of women named Marija was the highest in the Pomurska region (one in 13) and the lowest in the Obalno-kraška region (one in 29). The latter was also the region with the lowest share of women named Ana (one in 55).

The large differences between the regions are observed in data on the third most common female name. In the beginning of 2018, Maja, the third most common female name in Slovenia, ranked third also in the Podravska, Zasavska, Osrednjeslovenska, Gorenjska and Primorsko-notranjska regions. In the Koroška and Savinjska regions, the name Irena (the fourth most common name in Slovenia) ranked third, while in the Posavska and Jugovzhodna Slovenija the name Jožica ranked third. In the Pomurska region the name Terezija ranked third, while in the Obalno-kraška the name Nataša occupied the third place, and in the Goriška region the name Mojca.

Women in the Pomurska statistical region on average the oldest

The Slovenian population is ageing and the ratio between the elderly and the young is not favourable. The ratio of women aged 65 years or more compared to those under the age of 15 was in 2018 the most favourable in the Jugovzhodna Slovenija statistical region, and this coincided with high birth rates in the region. The ratio was the least favourable in the Pomurska region, where per 100 young women there were almost twice as many (191) elderly women in 2018. This was also the region where the mean age of women in 2018 was the highest (46.6 years), almost two years higher than the national average (44.7 years). On average the youngest were women in Osrednjeslovenska (43.2 years), i.e. the statistical region with the highest share of pupils and students. In the beginning of 2018, there were 154 women in Slovenia aged 100 years or more; in fact there was almost five times more women than men.

Girls born in the Obalno-kraška region in 2017 can expect to live the longest (84.9 years), 2.5 years longer than their peers in the Podravska region. These are expected to live the shortest, around 82 years (82.3 years). The girls born in 2017 in the eastern part of Slovenia (in Pomurska, Koroška, Savinjska, Zasavska, Posavska and Jugovzhodna Slovenija) are also expected to live less years than the national average (83.7 years).

Women from Primorsko-notranjska actually lived the longest (the mean age at death in 2017 was almost 84 years) and women from Podravska the shortest (80.5 years).

Most mothers who gave birth to four or more children were from Koroška and Jugovzhodna Slovenija

Three out of four women aged 15+ have already experienced motherhood. At the age of 25, one in five women was already a mother, at the age of 29 the ratio was one in two women.
On average, women from the Osrednjeslovenska and Obalno-kraška regions gave birth to the fewest children (1.40 and 1.41 per woman, respectively). The most fertile (1.68 children per woman) were mothers living in the Koroška region. Characteristic of that region, as well as of Jugovzhodna Slovenija, was the highest share of mothers who gave birth to four or more children (5%). This share was the lowest in the Obalno-kraška region (2%). The majority of women aged 15+ who have not (yet) given birth lived in the Osrednjeslovenska region (almost 30%). This was also the region with the highest share of those who have not (yet) had given birth to a child, but were over 39 years old (one in nine women).

Women are postponing births. Thus, those who became mothers for the first time in 2017 on average exceeded 30 years in the Osrednjeslovenska and Obalno-kraška regions. They were the youngest in Jugovzhodna Slovenija (28.3 years). Mothers in the Pomurska, Koroška and Posavska statistical regions were of similar ages (28.4 years), which was one year less than the national average.

The number of female graduates per 100 male graduates the highest in the Primorsko-notranjska statistical region

Of all those enrolled in tertiary education in the academic year 2017/18, 58% were women. And so far they have usually been more successful. Every year female graduates outnumber male graduates. In 2017 there were 159 female graduates per 100 male graduates. The female-to-male graduate ratio was the highest in the Primorsko-notranjska region (177 per 100) and the lowest in the Obalno-kraška region (150 per 100).

In general, women in Slovenia are more educated than men, except for the oldest population. In the beginning of 2018, 27% of women (aged 15+) had tertiary education. Women in the Osrednjeslovenska region were high above the national average as one in three had tertiary education. The share of women with tertiary education was the lowest in the Pomurska region (one in five).

Female residents of the Osrednjeslovenska region with the highest average monthly gross earnings

Around 70% of women aged 20–64 were employed in Slovenia in 2017. The share of employed women in this age group was the highest in the Osrednjeslovenska (73%) and the lowest in the Pomurska region (almost 64%).

Women living in the Osrednjeslovenska region received also the highest average monthly gross earnings (EUR 1,876) and had the lowest difference compared to gross earnings of men. On average men in the Osrednjeslovenska region earned EUR 61 more than women. Average monthly gross earnings received by women in Slovenia in 2017 were EUR 1,664, which was EUR 105 less than average monthly gross earnings received by men. Female residents of the Pomurska region received the lowest average monthly earnings (EUR 1,453). The difference between average monthly earnings of men and women was the highest among residents of the Gorenjska region (EUR 172).

Osrednjeslovenska also stands out as a region with the lowest share of female labour migrants: 8% of all employed women in 2017 had their workplace outside their region of residence. On the other hand, the share of women working outside their region of residence was the highest in Zasavska (49%).

The share of overweight and obese women the highest in the Zasavska region

In 2017, a woman in Slovenia was on average 165.0 cm tall and weighed 67.9 kg. According to the body mass index, the weight of more than half of women (52%) was normal, whereas more than a third of them (43%) were overweight or obese. The share of obese women was the highest in the Zasavska region (20%) and the lowest in Koroška (10%) and Goriška (10%).

The highest share of women aged 16+ who were sufficiently 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 Osrednjeslovenska statistical region (71%). In the Posavska statistical region, on the other hand, more than a third of women (36%) did not participate in any sport or recreational activities.

On the scale from 0 (not at all satisfied) to 10 (completely satisfied), the overall life satisfaction was the highest among women living in Jugovzhodna Slovenija (7.5 in 2017), closely followed by the Gorenjska and Osrednjeslovenska regions (7.4). The overall life satisfaction was the lowest among women living in the Pomurska and Posavska regions (6.9). 

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