Very good traffic accessibility, fertile river valleys of Sava and Krka, the hilly areas of vineyards and the abundance of water are the characteristics of the second smallest region in Slovenia.
The only nuclear power plant in the country and the thermal riviera at the Čatež health resort are its main features. In 2007 the industry sector again created a slightly higher share of gross value added than services. Spodnjeposavska is a popular destination for domestic tourists since in 2008 they generated 62% of all overnight stays in the region. Hotels and similar tourist establishments were very well occupied both in the summer and winter seasons of 2008. However, they represented only a third of accommodation facilities in the region. Agriculture is also important here since it contributes around 5% of gross value added; in the business sector craft enterprises hold an important position.
As regards the fertility rate it rose to 10 live births per 1,000 population in 2008. According to the mean age of mother at birth, women here were the youngest. A fifth of them were younger than 25 years and around a tenth were older than 34 years. The mortality rate in 2008 reduced a little, but was still among the highest in the country and so was premature mortality for both men and women. The most common causes of death were diseases of the circulatory system (48.6%), while less common were diseases of the respiratory and digestive systems. Frequency of deaths due to accidents also exceeded the average.