The former land of the Counts of Celje is very diverse in terms of natural geography; it comprises mainly the wooded alpine world attractive for tourists (the Upper Savinja valley and a part of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps), the fertile Lower Savinja valley with good conditions for growing hops, the Kozjansko hills and the Velenje basin with lignite deposits for the production of electricity. Gross investments of enterprises, companies and organisations in new fixed assets comprise a tenth of all gross investments in Slovenia.

Enterprises in the Savinjska region are in terms of the average number of people working in enterprises among the largest in the country (6.2 people in 2008). According to the labour migration index, the number of persons in employment working in the region does not lag far behind the number of persons in employment living in it (97.7 in 2008).

The educational structure of people aged 25-64 is less favourable since the share of those with the highest education is among the lowest in the country (17.8% in 2008) and people with the lowest education present more than a fifth of population aged 25-64. The number of students per 1,000 population is over the national average, which is an important educational potential. Women among students are more common here than in most of other regions.

The region is also a popular tourist destination and in 2008 it recorded 11% of tourist arrivals in Slovenia; on average tourists stayed for four nights.