Municipality Šmarješke Toplice

The municipality is one of the youngest Slovenian municipalities. One of the most important economic activities is health tourism that is developing in one of the most modern spas in Slovenia - Šmarješke toplice.

Šmarješke Toplice

Source: Terme Krka (http://www.terme-krka.si, 30. 6. 2010), archives Terme Krka

Municipality Šmarješke Toplice, which is part of the Jugovzhodna Slovenia statistical region, measures 34 km2; this ranks it 166th among Slovene municipalities.

Statistical data for 2008 reveal the following:

At the end of 2008 about 3,200 people (about 1,600 men and 1,600 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Šmarješke Toplice 150th among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 93 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 3.9 (in Slovenia 1.7). The number of people who moved from the municipality was lower than the number of people who moved into the municipality, so net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was positive. It was 20.9. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was positive. It was 24.8 (in Slovenia 10.9).

The mean age of people in Šmarješke Toplice was 40.1 years, which was lower than the national average (41.3 years). 

As in most Slovene municipalities, in Šmarješke Toplice the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 102 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 Šmarješke Toplice 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 Šmarješke Toplice – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was exactly the opposite.

Šmarješke Toplice had 1 kindergarten. It was attended by 114 children. Of all children aged 1–5, 72% were included in kindergartens, which was more than the national average of 70%. In the school year 2008/09 elementary school in Šmarješke Toplice was attended by about 270 pupils. About 160 pupils from the municipality attended various secondary schools. There were 60 students and 11 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 67% were persons in employment (i.e. persons in paid employment or self-employed persons), which is more than the national average of 62%.

The registered unemployment rate was 2.3%, which is less than the national average (6.7%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.

In Šmarješke Toplice, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 8% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 7% lower.

Every 65th 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 1,165 per capita) was lower than the national average (EUR 3,165 EUR per capita). 

In 2008, there were 475 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 44% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 72 m2.

About every fourth person in Šmarješke Toplice had a car (28 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 7 years old.

In tourist accommodations in the municipality around 17,800 arrivals and 110,000 overnight stays of tourist were recorded, which is approximately 0.6% of all arrivals and 1.3% of all overnight stays of tourists in Slovenia.

In 2008, 341 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Šmarješke Toplice, which is 78 kg less than on average in Slovenia.

Population pyramid
Indicators for year 2008 Municipality Slovenia
Density of population (per km2)93100
Total increase (per 1,000 population)2511
Mean age of population (years)4041
Registered unemployment rate (%)27
Average age of passenger cars (years)78
Data for year 2008 Municipality Slovenia
Area km23420,273
Population3,1642,032,362
Number of persons in paid employment556789,863
Average monthly net earnings per person in paid employment (EUR)838900
Turnover of enterprises (1,000 EUR)34,35695,786,283