Plovdiv

GDP per capita in Plovdiv district has continued to grow at a rate similar to the national average, and in 2019 it was the fifth highest in the country. The decline in the labor market activity compared to the previous year was accompanied by a decline in employment and a rise in unemployment, but both remained relatively favorable. However, there has been a decline in FDI stock. The infrastructural development in the district can be assessed as good. The density of the railroad network remains high. The level of local taxation in Plovdiv district is relatively high. The 2021 self-assessments of the local administrations for the development of e-government and the provision of one-stop shop administrative services exceeded the national average.

Despite the general trend towards population ageing in the country, Plovdiv performs relatively well. Higher education has well established traditions in the district. Students’ results in 2021 were high. Plovdiv is also among the districts with the largest numbers of doctors and hospital beds. These indicators may be the reason for the extremely high number of patients treated in the local hospitals. The number of crimes remains low and their detection rate is relatively high. The generated household waste in the district has decreased for the second consecutive year, but its volume remains relatively high. The pandemic and the countrywide restrictions on cultural events affected Plovdiv to a lesser extent than other districts.

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