Municipality Šmartno ob Paki

The central part of the municipality lies in the valley of the lower Paka river. Hillsides of Mali vrh are cultivated with vineyards. Here some old vineyard cottage and granaries can be seen. Most people work in industry.

Šmartno ob Paki

Source: Rotary klub Velenje (http://www.rotaryklubvelenje.si, 30. 6. 2010), archives of the Rotary club Velenje

Municipality Šmartno ob Paki, which is part of the Savinjska statistical region, measures 18 km2; this ranks it 203th among Slovene municipalities.

Statistical data for 2008 reveal the following:

At the end of 2008 about 3,100 people (about 1,500 men and 1,600 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Šmartno ob Paki 153th among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 171 people per square kilometre, which was higher 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 1.9 (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 -3.5. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -1.6 (in Slovenia 10.9).

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

In contrast to most Slovene municipalities, in Šmartno ob Paki the number of young people was higher than the number of old people: there were 95 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 Šmartno ob Paki 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 Šmartno ob Paki – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was exactly the opposite.

Šmartno ob Paki had 2 kindergartens. They were attended by 117 children. Of all children aged 1–5, 68% were included in kindergartens, which was less than the national average of 70%. In the school year 2008/09 elementary school in Šmartno ob Paki was attended by about 300 pupils. About 170 pupils from the municipality attended various secondary schools. There were 70 students and 10 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 63% 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 6.9%, which is more than the national average (6.7%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.

In Šmartno ob Paki, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 16% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 14% lower.

Every 25th 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 602 per capita) was lower than the national average (EUR 3,165 EUR per capita). 

In 2008, there were 386 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 59% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 79 m2.

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

In 2008, 275 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Šmartno ob Paki, which is 144 kg less than on average in Slovenia.

Population pyramid
Indicators for year 2008 Municipality Slovenia
Density of population (per km2)171100
Total increase (per 1,000 population)-211
Mean age of population (years)4041
Registered unemployment rate (%)77
Average age of passenger cars (years)88
Data for year 2008 Municipality Slovenia
Area km21820,273
Population3,1162,032,362
Number of persons in paid employment398789,863
Average monthly net earnings per person in paid employment (EUR)777900
Turnover of enterprises (1,000 EUR)24,17695,786,283