GDP per capita in the district of Varna rose sharply in 2018, exceeding the average growth rate in the country and again bringing the district close to the average GDP rates. Salaries also grew considerably. These two processes resulted in the reduction of poverty levels in the region. Labor market trends remained favorable in 2019. The district also reported moderate investment activity. Against the general background in the country, the district of Varna performed very well as regards its infrastructure. Local tax rates were extremely high, exceeded only by those in the capital. In 2020 the functioning of e-administration and one-stop shop services in the district municipalities were evaluated less positively, bringing the district below the national averages.

In 2019, Varna was among Bulgaria’s regions registering the most favorable demographic development. The indicators for the educational sphere also ranked it very high. The proportion of GPs came close to the country’s average, and that of specialist physicians was even higher; however, the limited number of beds in the local general hospitals remained a problem. The workloads of the local criminal judges remained considerably below the national average rates in 2019, which resulted in faster delivery of justice. The crime rate in proportion to the population of the district of Varna was high and detection was low. More household waste was generated but a large part of it was handed over for treatment and recycling. Cultural life in the district was relatively active.

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