Although GDP per capita in the district of Sliven is growing, it is among the lowest in the country. The shrinking of economic activity is accompanied by a decrease in employment and an increase in unemployment. Investment activity is extremely slack and the district ranks last in this category. The basic physical infrastructure retains its high level. The tax rates on retail trade and taxi transportation are significantly lower than the respective national averages. The transparency of the municipalities in the district remains high.

The demographic picture of the district ranks it among the country’s leaders on this indicator. At the same time, Sliven is among the districts with the lowest performance as regards the indicators for education. Sliven’s poor rating in the healthcare category is mainly due to the extremely high infant mortality rate. The relative number of crimes in the district is close to the average in the country, while the detection rate remains considerably higher. The low proportion of the population in housing with access to public sewerage remains a challenge. The intensity of cultural life is increasing.

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