This statistical region in the south-east of Slovenia is the largest region in the country and incorporates four distinct parts: the land of woodenware, of the brown bear, of light red wine Cviček and of Zeleni Jurij (Green George).
The development of this region is largely the result of industry (car industry, pharmaceutical industry and other light industry) as it created nearly a half of gross value added in the region in 2010. In 2011, enterprises, companies and organisations with 20 or more employees were fourth in the country according to per capita gross investments in new fixed assets, being lower than the national average. The expenditure on research and development (R&D), which amounted to 3.9% of the regional GDP in 2010, underlined the importance of R&D in the region. The main sources of financing were business enterprises.
This region had lower registered unemployment rates than the national average. However, the structure of unemployed was less favourable since almost half of them had the lowest level of education.
The population age structure is favourable. In 2011 the value of the ageing index was 103.9, which means that the ratio between the population aged 65 or more and the population aged under 15 was 104 older people per 100 young people. In the beginning of 2011, 77% of families in Jugovzhodna Slovenia had children, while every ninth family had at least three children. Furthermore, a fifth of women in this region gave birth to three or more children.