Municipality Mežica

The identifying feature of the municipality is still mining because of its long tradition. Mining was connected with deposits of lead and zinc between Peca and Uršlja mountains. Today the Mežica mine is changed into a tourist mine and museum.

Mežica

Source: RRA Koroška ( http://www.koroska.si, 29. 6. 2010 ), author Tomo Jeseničnik

Municipality Mežica, which is part of the Koroška statistical region, measures 26 km2; this ranks it 187th among Slovene municipalities.

Statistical data for 2010 reveal the following:

In the middle of 2010 about 3,650 people (about 1,850 men and 1,800 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Mežica 136th among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 139 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 municipality was negative. It was -1.4 (in Slovenia 1.8). The number of people who moved from the municipality was higher than the number of people who moved into the municipality, so net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -3.5. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -4.9 (in Slovenia 1.6).

The mean age of people in Mežica was 43.6 years, which was higher than the national average (41.6).

As in most Slovene municipalities, in Mežica the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 148 people, aged 65 or more, per 100 people aged 0–14. This ratio shows that the value of the ageing index was higher than the national average of 117. It also shows that the mean age of people in Mežica is growing more rapidly 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 Mežica – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was the same.

Mežica had 1 kindergarten. It was attended by 110 children or 66% of all children aged 1–5, which was less than the national average of 74%. In the school year 2010/2011 elementary school in Mežica was attended by about 280 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 160 pupils. There were 48 students and 8 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 53% 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 12.7%, which is more than the national average (10.7%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.

In Mežica, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 7% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 6% lower.

Every 16th 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.

The value of gross investment in new fixed assets in the municipality (EUR 539 per capita) was lower than the national average (EUR 2,176 per capita).

In 2010, there were 426 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 41% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 70 m2.

Every other person in Mežica had a car (47 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 8 years old.

In 2010, 305 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Mežica, which is 84 kg less than on average in Slovenia.

Population pyramid
Indicators for year 2010 Municipality Slovenia
Density of population (per km2)139101
Total increase (per 1,000 population)-52
Mean age of population (years)4442
Registered unemployment rate (%)1311
Average age of passenger cars (years)88
Data for year 2010 Municipality Slovenia
Area km22620,273
Population3,6692,049,261
Number of persons in paid employment1,095747,194
Average monthly net earnings per person in paid employment (EUR)909967
Turnover of enterprises (1,000 EUR)175,57686,705,208