Veliko Tarnovo

GDP per capita in the district of Veliko Tarnovo rose considerably in 2018 but it still remained well below the national average. The positive developments in the economy and in household income resulted in the reduction of poverty levels in the region. Labor market indicators continued to improve in 2019, placing the district among the top-ranking ones in the country. Local tax rates were relatively high. The AIP Active transparency ratings of the local administration achieved ratings comparable to the national averages.

The deterioration of the demographic indicators in Bulgaria is particularly pronounced in Veliko Tarnovo district. It did better in the educational sphere. The proportion of university students has been falling faster than in the country as a whole but remained twice as high as the national average. The district’s poor performance in the area of healthcare is determined by the shortage of doctors and beds in the local hospitals. The workloads of criminal judges are small, yet this has not resulted in faster delivery of justice. The crime rate in the district of Veliko Tarnovo is relatively low and detection is high. Practically all generated household waste is handed over for treatment and recycling. With its active cultural life, Veliko Tarnovo district was among the top-ranking ones in 2019, with only the capital and Gabrovo performing better.

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