Blagoevgrad

The welfare of the residents in the district has improved, though it remained below the national average figures. Employment also continued its upward movement, whereas unemployment decreased though the reason for this was the population’s lower economic activity, not the opening of new job opportunities. There was still a noticeable tendency for the number of people with university degrees among the local population of working age to go down despite the presence of some of the country’s leading universities.

Investment has been on the increase in recent years though it has stayed below the national average relative to the population. The level of local taxes and fees in the district’s municipalities is relatively low.

Blagoevgrad is still among the districts with a relatively favorable age structure. Education is relatively good. There is a shortage of medical specialists and the number of hospital beds is somewhat small, which explains the relatively small number of patients in local hospitals. Blagoevgrad is still underperforming in administration of justice – in terms of the speediness of solving cases, despite the low crime rate. The environment is in a relatively good condition but cultural life cannot boast any particular intensity.

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