Municipality Velenje


Source: STO (, 18. 6. 2010), author D. Mladenovič

Municipality Velenje, which is part of the Savinjska statistical region, measures 84 km2; this ranks it 83rd among Slovene municipalities.

Statistical data for 2021 reveal the following:

In the middle of 2021 about 33,560 people (about 17,150 men and 16,410 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Velenje 8th among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 402 people per square kilometre, which was higher than the national average of 104 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 1.0 (in Slovenia -2.0). 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 -6.9. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -6.0 (in Slovenia -0.9).

The mean age of people in Velenje was 43.3 years, which was lower than the national average (43.8).

As in most Slovene municipalities, in Velenje the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 128 people, aged 65 or more, per 100 people aged 0–14. This ratio shows that the value of the ageing index was lower than the national average of 139. It also shows that the mean age of people in Velenje is growing more slowly than in Slovenia as a whole. Data by sex show that the ageing index for women was in all municipalities except in five (Črna na Koroškem, Dobrovnik/Dobronak, Jezersko, Loški Potok in Mislinja) higher than the ageing index for men. In Velenje – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was the same.

Velenje had 12 kindergartens, which were attended by 1,392 children. Of all children in the municipality aged 1–5, 77% were included in kindergartens, which was less than the national average of 81%. In the school year 2021/22 elementary schools in Velenje were attended by about 3,190 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 1,200 pupils. There were 31 students and 7 graduates per 1,000 people in the municipality; in Slovenia the averages were 39 per 1,000 and 8 per 1,000, respectively.

Among people aged 15–64 (i.e. working age population) about 66% were persons in employment (i.e. persons in paid employment or self-employed persons), which is less than the national average (67%).

In Velenje, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 10% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; net earnings were about 9% lower.

Among 1,000 inhabitants in the municipality, 524 had a passenger car. The car was on average 11 years old.

In 2021, 353 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Velenje, which is 12 kg less than on average in Slovenia.

Population pyramid for 2021

The population pyramid is a graphical illustration of the age and sex structure of the population. The length of an individual bar in the chart represents the share of population in an individual age group. If you position the cursor on a single line, the share is displayed. The share of the male population is shown on the left side and of the female population on the right side of the pyramid.

Surface area (sq. km) - 1 January 84 20,271
Population - Total - 1 July 33,558 2,107,007
Population density - 1 July 402 104
Mean age (years) - 1 July 43.3 43.8
Total increase per 1,000 population -6.0 -0.9
Number of persons in paid employment (by work place) 15,421 804,432
Employment rate (%) 66.3 66.7
Average monthly net earnings per person (EUR) 1,160.03 1,270.3
Turnover of enterprises (1,000 EUR) 2,979,594 137,819,826
Average age of passenger cars - 31 December 10.5 10.6

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