This is the central and the most densely populated region in Slovenia; it has the largest number of inhabitants and is the second largest in terms of territory.
The essential advantages of the region are its central position, good traffic connections in all directions and the fact that the country’s capital is located in it. As economically the most developed region, in 2007 it created 24 times more GDP than the Zasavska region or a third of the national GDP; as much as three quarters from service activities.
That this region is important as regards employment is confirmed by the fact that the number of jobs in the region is larger than the number of persons in employment living in it. Earnings of persons employed in this region are the highest in the country: in 2008 the average net earnings in the country amounted EUR 900, while in this region they were EUR 100 higher.
The education potential of the region is shown by the share of people with post secondary education aged 25-64; in this region it was the highest in the country in 2008 with 30.9%. The region is also important in the field of research and development (R&D) both with the highest gross domestic expenditure and the highest number of R&D personnel. The population increase in 2008 was the highest in this region, mainly due to increased immigration and the highest natural increase among regions.