Municipality Veržej

The municipality lies on the Mura plain. It is one of the smallest Slovenian municipalities by the area and population. The municipality has an old mill on the Mura river, learning forest trail and comprehensive social activities.

Veržej

Source: STO (http://www.slovenia.info, 18. 6. 2010), author Damjan Renko

Municipality Veržej, which is part of the Pomurska statistical region, measures 12 km2; this ranks it 206th among Slovene municipalities.

Statistical data for 2009 reveal the following:

In the middle of 2009 about 1,300 people (about 700 men and 600 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Veržej 201st among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 108 people per square kilometre, which was higher than the national average of 101 people per square kilometre. 

The number of live births was lower than the number of deaths, which means that natural increase per 1,000 population in the muncipality was negative. It was -4.6 (in Slovenia 1.5). 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 5.4. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was positive. It was 0.8 (in Slovenia 7.2).

The mean age of people in Veržej was 42.2 years, which was higher than the national average (41.4 years). 

As in most Slovene municipalities, in Veržej the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 114 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 Veržej 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 Veržej – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was exactly the opposite.

Veržej had 1 kindergarten. It was attended by 52 children or 93% of all children aged 1–5, which was more than the national average of 72%. In the school year 2009/10 elementary school in Veržej was attended by about 150 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 70 pupils. There were 40 students and 8 graduates per 1,000 people in the municipality; in Slovenia the averages were 56 per 1,000 and 9 per 1,000, respectively.

Among people aged 15–64 (i.e. working age population) about 57% were persons in employment (i.e. persons in paid employment or self-employed persons), which is less than the national average of 61%.

The registered unemployment rate was 11.9%, which is more than the national average (9.1%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.

In Veržej, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 11% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 7% lower.

Every 17th person in the municipality was receiving at least one financial social assistance. In Slovenia as a whole every 23rd person received at least one financial social assistance.

The value of gross investment in new fixed assets in the municipality (EUR 111 per capita) was lower than the national average (EUR 2,564 per capita). 

In 2009, there were 372 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 69% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 92 m2.

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

In tourist accommodations in the municipality around 30,300 arrivals and 116,800 overnight stays of tourist were recorded, which is approximately 1.0% of all arrivals and 1.3% of all overnight stays of tourists in Slovenia.

In 2009, 325 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Veržej, which is 79 kg less than on average in Slovenia.

Population pyramid
Indicators for year 2009 Municipality Slovenia
Density of population (per km2)108101
Total increase (per 1,000 population)17
Mean age of population (years)4241
Registered unemployment rate (%)129
Average age of passenger cars (years)88
Data for year 2009 Municipality Slovenia
Area km21220,273
Population1,3002,042,335
Number of persons in paid employment216767,373
Average monthly net earnings per person in paid employment (EUR)861930
Turnover of enterprises (1,000 EUR)12,61883,060,213