In 2018, GDP in Kardzhali district registered a considerable increase, but it still remained far below the national average. Salaries had also been rising at a fast rate, yet they too remained relatively low. On a national scale, Kardzhali continues to be the district with the lowest economic activity and the most unfavorable educational structure of the workforce. In 2018, investment activity again remained weak. Utilization of European funds in the district is low. Kardzhali is among the districts with relatively low taxation. The performance of the district in the indicators for local administration and the services it provides remained extremely weak in 2020.

Against the general background of population ageing in the country, the demographic situation in Kardzhali district looks favorable. The shares of repeaters and dropouts from primary and secondary education remain low. In 2020, the educational results of the students from the district were once again among the lowest in the country. Healthcare in Kardzhali suffers from a serious shortage of doctors and hospital beds. The workloads of the local criminal judges are small and this affects the speed of delivery of justice. The number of registered crimes is small and their detection rate is high. A relatively small share of the population of Kardzhali district lives in settlements with public sewerage. The intensity of the district’s cultural life is weak.

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