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.

In the Savinjska statistical region almost 3% of regional gross domestic product is annually invested in environmental protection. In 2011, 25.9% of total gross fixed capital formation was intended for environmental protection. In the same year, 11% of enterprise births and 7% of enterprise deaths were recorded. Compared with other regions, members of general libraries here borrow most library materials. In 2012 a member of a general library in the Savinjska region on average borrowed 62 units of library material. Savinjska has good natural conditions for agriculture. In 2010 this region had more than 11,400 agricultural households, which is 15% of all agricultural holdings in Slovenia and ranks the Savinjska region right behind the Podravska region. As regards utilised agricultural area as well as livestock units, Savinjska also took second place.

This region is also a well-known and popular tourist destination. In 2012 tourist arrivals and overnight stays in this region represented 11.1% of all tourist arrivals in Slovenia and 15.0% of all overnight stays. On average tourists spent here four nights.