Pernik

The relatively high incomes in Pernik district are the main prerequisite for the relatively low poverty levels of its population. The workforce has a high proportion of people with secondary education. Population ageing remains a major challenge for the local labor market. Investment activity in the district is relatively weak. Utilization of European funds is growing, but the district still ranks among the last in the country in this category. The share of highways and first-class roads remains low, but road quality is good. The average rates of the local taxes levied by the local municipalities remained relatively low in 2021. Cadastral map coverage in the district has been growing rapidly. The self-assessment rating on the transparency of the district’s municipalities is among the lowest in the country.

Age dependency continues to worsen and is among the highest in the country. The results in the matriculation exam in Bulgarian language and literature, which in the district are traditionally lower than the national average, went even further down in 2021. Pernik has the lowest number of beds in the local general hospitals. Hospitalization numbers are also among the lowest. The workloads of criminal judges in Pernik district are relatively low, but this does not affect the speed of delivery of justice. The relatively high share of urban population entails a large share of population living in settlements with public sewerage. Pernik is the district with the least active cultural life in the country, which is probably related to its proximity to the capital.

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