Lovech

In 2015, there came the end of the lasting labor market crisis in the district of Lovech as employment started going up. Nevertheless, incomes have stayed low: this is why the district has the highest share of people living in material deprivation. Investment levels have been relatively low but EU fund utilization by the district’s municipalities was the third highest in the country – after the districts of Gabrovo and Burgas. Infrastructural development has been close to national average levels, whereas the tax burden is disproportionately high for a district with this kind of economic development profile. Lovech ranks second after the capital in cadastral map coverage of the territory. 

The population’s age structure is among the least favorable in the country. The educational system has been successful in enrolling a great part of the eligible for education, and the achievement of local high school graduates at the state matriculation exams has been close to the country average. Healthcare suffers both from insufficient specialist doctors and from the continuing decrease in the number of hospital beds. Crime rates are relatively low, so the workload of the judicial system is below the average for Bulgaria. Connectivity to public sewerage systems and WWPTs has been low but the volume of harmful emissions is three times lower than the national average. Cultural life is not particularly active: only libraries have registered a high rate of visits.

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