Sofia

Salaries in the district of Sofia have been close to national average levels but total income levels have remained low due to the continuing stagnation of the labor market. Investment activity rose in 2015, and the EU funds utilized so far by municipalities in the district have surpassed average levels by a wide margin. Infrastructure is well developed but road surface quality is worse than elsewhere in the country. In 2015, 15 municipalities continued to have no cadastral map coverage, and transparency ratings for local authorities have remained among the lowest in the country. 

The age structure of the district’s population keeps deteriorating despite the positive net migration rate in 2015. Matriculation exam results are going down, which raises concern about education quality in the district. Though the number of both beds in hospitals and specialist doctors has been sufficient, there is a certain shortage of GPs. The workloads of criminal judges in the district’s courts are strained, which entails a higher share of pending criminal cases. The population’s connectivity to WTTPs remains relatively low. With the exception of the traditionally high interest in museums in some tourist municipalities, the district’s cultural development is lagging behind.

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