Sliven is among the districts with the lowest GDP per capita and in spite of this, it has been growing relatively slowly. Household incomes remain relatively low. These indicators are also the main factor for the high poverty levels in the district. The educational structure of the workforce is still a challenge before the local labor market. Investment activity is extremely low and the district ranks last in the country in this category. The basic infrastructure retains its high level. The self-assessments of the local administrations on the development of e-government and the provision of one-stop shop administrative services are significantly lower than the respective national averages.

The demographic condition of the district ranks it among the country’s leaders on this indicator. Sliven is the district with the lowest score on the indicators for education. The shares of repeaters and dropouts from primary and secondary school are the highest in Bulgaria. Sliven’s poor rating in the healthcare category is mainly due to the extremely high infant mortality rate. The workloads of the local criminal judges are relatively heavy, but this does not have a negative effect on the speed of delivery of justice. The share of municipal waste handed over for treatment and recycling remains high. In 2020 the pandemic and the countrywide restrictions on cultural events affected the district’s cultural life as well.

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