Municipality Bistrica ob Sotli

Kozjansko, the Bistrica river and the Sotla river present the Bistrica ob Sotli municipality. Due to special natural and cultural heritage, the whole area of the municipality is part of the Kozjansko regional park.

Bistrica ob Sotli

Source: Municipality of Bistrica ob Sotli (http://www.bistricaobsotli.si, 7. 7. 2010), archives of the municipality of Bistrica ob Sotli

Municipality Bistrica ob Sotli, which is part of the Savinjska statistical region, measures 31 km2; this ranks it 174th among Slovene municipalities.

Statistical data for 2010 reveal the following:

In the middle of 2010 about 1,400 people (about 700 men and 700 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Bistrica ob Sotli 196th among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 46 people per square kilometre, which was lower than the national average of 101 people per square kilometre.

The number of live births was higher than the number of deaths, which means that natural increase per 1,000 population in the municipality was positive. It was 2.8 (in Slovenia 1.8). 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 11.2. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was positive. It was 14.0 (in Slovenia 1.6).

The mean age of people in Bistrica ob Sotli was 41.9 years, which was higher than the national average (41.6).

As in most Slovene municipalities, in Bistrica ob Sotli the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 117 people, aged 65 or more, per 100 people aged 0–14. This ratio shows that the value of the ageing index was the same as the national average. It also shows that the mean age of people in Bistrica ob Sotli is growing as fast as 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 Bistrica ob Sotli – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was exactly the opposite.

Bistrica ob Sotli had 1 kindergarten. It was attended by 52 children or 73% of all children aged 1–5, which was less than the national average of 74%. In the school year 2010/2011 elementary school in Bistrica ob Sotli was attended by about 180 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 60 pupils. There were 56 students and 11 graduates per 1,000 people in the municipality; in Slovenia the averages were 52 per 1,000 and 10 per 1,000, respectively.

Among people aged 15–64 (i.e. working age population) about 56% were persons in employment (i.e. persons in paid employment or self-employed persons), which is less than the national average of 59%.

The registered unemployment rate was 13.8%, which is more than the national average (10.7%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.

In Bistrica ob Sotli, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 10% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 6% lower.

Every 17th person in the municipality was receiving at least one financial social assistance. In Slovenia as a whole every 22nd person received at least one financial social assistance.

In 2010, there were 460 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 50% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 75 m2.

Every other person in Bistrica ob Sotli had a car (51 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 9 years old.

In 2010, 201 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Bistrica ob Sotli, which is 188 kg less than on average in Slovenia.

Population pyramid
Indicators for year 2010 Municipality Slovenia
Density of population (per km2)46101
Total increase (per 1,000 population)142
Mean age of population (years)4242
Registered unemployment rate (%)1411
Average age of passenger cars (years)98
Data for year 2010 Municipality Slovenia
Area km23120,273
Population1,4252,049,261
Number of persons in paid employment201747,194
Average monthly net earnings per person in paid employment (EUR)908967
Turnover of enterprises (1,000 EUR)7,60286,705,208