Haskovo

Haskovo district is among the least economically developed regions in southern Bulgaria. Both GDP per capita and average salaries are significantly lower than the respective national averages. Household incomes have been gradually rising, yet the problems of high poverty levels and material deprivation remain. The dynamics of the labor market is favorable, with very low unemployment rates and employment already above average, too. There is a visible shortage of university graduates in the district, while the share of people with primary education has been growing in recent years. Investment activity can be described as “timid”. The infrastructure is relatively well developed and its quality is gradually improving. Local taxes remain lower than the national average, and in 2020 some of them got reduced even further.

Both the natural growth rate and net migration rates in the area are deteriorating. There are major challenges facing the coverage of the school education system and the prevention of early dropping out of school, but exam results have been improving. Access to GPs and specialist physicians is relatively difficult and the infant mortality rate is high. Figures for security and justice in Haskovo are close to the national average, and crime rates are declining. The generated household waste is almost entirely handed over for treatment and recycling, and its volume is gradually decreasing; there is also a decline in carbon emissions. Interest in cultural events in the district is low, with theaters attracting most of it.

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