The growth of GDP, incomes and salaries in Shumen district has continued, though it is not sufficient for convergence with the respective national averages. Poverty levels are relatively high. Unemployment is still the main problem facing the local labor market. Investment activity remains relatively low. FTA acquisition expenditures and FDI stocks have recorded a decrease. Shumen is the district with the highest share of first-class roads and highways in the country. The municipalities in the district have kept local taxes relatively low. In 2021 there was an improvement in the self-assessments of the local administrations for the development of e-government and the provision of one-stop shop administrative services but they remained relatively low.

Population ageing in Shumen district is accelerating relatively fast. Students’ performance is still poor. Healthcare suffers from a shortage of doctors and hospital beds. The number of hospitalizations is much below the country’s average. The workloads of the local criminal judges remain low and this has a favorable effect on the speed of delivery of justice. The crime rate in the district continues to fall, and the detection rate to rise. The high assessment of Shumen district in the environment category is due mostly to the low volumes of household waste and its management. The pandemic and the restrictions on cultural events in 2020 have had a negative impact on the district’s cultural life.

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