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 2011 reveal the following:

In the middle of 2011 about 1,300 people (about 650 men and 650 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 municipality was negative. It was -0.8 (in Slovenia 1.6). 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 -1.5. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -2.3 (in Slovenia 2.6).

The mean age of people in Veržej was 43.2 years, which was higher than the national average (41.8).

As in most Slovene municipalities, in Veržej the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 135 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 Veržej 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 Veržej – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was the same.

Veržej had 1 kindergarten. It was attended by 40 children or 90% of all children aged 1–5, which was more than the national average of 76%. In the school year 2011/2012 basic school in Veržej was attended by about 140 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 60 pupils. There were 60 students and 8 graduates per 1,000 people in the municipality; in Slovenia the averages were 51 per 1,000 and 10 per 1,000, respectively.

Among people aged 15–64 (i.e. working age population) about 54% were persons in employment (i.e. persons in paid employment or self-employed persons), which is less than the national average of 58%.

The registered unemployment rate was 14.0%, which is more than the national average (11.8%). 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 12% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 9% lower.

Every 26th person in the municipality was receiving at least one financial social assistance. In Slovenia as a whole every 24th person received at least one financial social assistance.

In 2011, there were 410 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 76% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 97 m2.

About every other person in Veržej had a car (52 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 8 years old.

In tourist accommodations in the municipality around 29,600 arrivals and 112,200 overnight stays of tourist were recorded, which is approximately 0.9% of all arrivals and 1.2% of all overnight stays of tourist in Slovenia.

In 2011, 283 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Veržej, which is 69 kg less than on average in Slovenia.

Population pyramid
Indicators for year 2011 Municipality Slovenia
Density of population (per km2)108101
Total increase (per 1,000 population)-23
Mean age of population (years)4342
Registered unemployment rate (%)1412
Average age of passenger cars (years)88
Data for year 2011 Municipality Slovenia
Area km21220,273
Population1,2912,052,496
Number of persons in paid employment196729,050
Average monthly net earnings per person in paid employment (EUR)899987
Turnover of enterprises (1,000 EUR)13,73590,789,676