Municipality Slovenj Gradec

Slovenj Gradec is the centre of the only urban municipality in the Koroška region and the administrative, business, cultural and transport centre of the Mislinja valley and Koroška. In winter the Kope ski centre is important.

Slovenj Gradec

Source: RRA Koroška (http://www.koroška.si, 29. 6. 2010), author Tomo Jeseničnik

Municipality Slovenj Gradec, which is part of the Koroška statistical region, measures 174 km2; this ranks it 30th among Slovene municipalities.

Statistical data for 2008 reveal the following:

At the end of 2008 about 16,700 people (about 8,300 men and 8,400 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Slovenj Gradec 27th among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 96 people per square kilometre, which was lower than the national average of 100 people per square kilometre.

The number of live births was higher than the number of deaths, which means that natural increase per 1,000 population in the municipality was positive. It was 2.6 (in Slovenia 1.7). The number of people who moved from the municipality was higher than the number of people who moved into the municipality, so net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -12.8. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -10.1 (in Slovenia 10.9).

The mean age of people in Slovenj Gradec was 40.2 years, which was lower than the national average (41.3 years). 

In contrast to most Slovene municipalities, in Slovenj Gradec the number of young people was higher than the number of old people: there were 96 people, aged 65 or more, per 100 people aged 0–14. This ratio shows that the value of the ageing index was lower than the national average of 118. It also shows that the mean age of people in Slovenj Gradec is growing more slowly than in Slovenia as a whole. Data by sex show that the ageing index for women was in all Slovene municipalities higher than the ageing index for men. In Slovenj Gradec – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was exactly the opposite.

Slovenj Gradec had 6 kindergartens. They were attended by 505 children. Of all children aged 1–5, 65% were included in kindergartens, which was less than the national average of 70%. In the school year 2008/09 elementary schools in Slovenj Gradec were attended by about 1,500 pupils. About 800 pupils from the municipality attended various secondary schools. There were 70 students and 12 graduates per 1,000 people in the municipality; in Slovenia the averages were 55 per 1,000 and 8 per 1,000, respectively.

Among people aged 15–64 (i.e. working age population) about 62% were persons in employment (i.e. persons in paid employment or self-employed persons), which is the same as the national average.

The registered unemployment rate was 6.8%, which is more than the national average (6.7%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.

In Slovenj Gradec, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 11% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 10% lower.

Every 35th person in the municipality was receiving at least one financial social assistance. In Slovenia as a whole every 28th person received at least one financial social assistance.

The value of gross investment in new fixed assets in the municipality (EUR 2,231 per capita) was lower than the national average (EUR 3,165 EUR per capita). 

In 2008, there were 379 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 57% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 80 m2.

Every other person in Slovenj Gradec had a car (50 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 8 years old.

In 2008, 359 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Slovenj Gradec, which is 60 kg less than on average in Slovenia.

Population pyramid
Indicators for year 2008 Municipality Slovenia
Density of population (per km2)96100
Total increase (per 1,000 population)-1011
Mean age of population (years)4041
Registered unemployment rate (%)77
Average age of passenger cars (years)88
Data for year 2008 Municipality Slovenia
Area km217420,273
Population16,6622,032,362
Number of persons in paid employment8,739789,863
Average monthly net earnings per person in paid employment (EUR)806900
Turnover of enterprises (1,000 EUR)798,18295,786,283