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.

Enterprises in the Savinjska region represent a tenth of all enterprises in the country and create around a tenth of national turnover of all enterprises. Enterprises in the region are in terms of the average number of persons working in enterprises among the largest in the country (5.7 persons in 2009). 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 (98 in 2009).

The educational structure of people aged 25-64 has been improving. In 2009, nearly a fifth of the population had the highest level of education. The above-average number of students per 1,000 population and the high proportion of students among population aged 19-26 are significant educational potentials for the region. The region is also a popular tourist destination and in 2009 it recorded almost 11% of tourist arrivals in Slovenia; on average tourists stayed for four nights.