Vidin

Vidin is the district with the worst indicators for incomes and quality of life in the country. The decline in employment and the increase in unemployment in 2020 were not as high as in the rest of the country, but overall labor market indicators remained significantly less favorable. Investment and business activity is relatively weak. The infrastructure indicators are the lowest in the country. Vidin is the district with the lowest average rates of the monitored local taxes for 2021, and Gramada is the municipality with the lowest taxes not only in Vidin district, but also in the whole country. The 2021 self-assessments of the administration on the development of their e-government and the provision of one-stop-shop services are among the lowest in the country. The transparency ratings of local administrations also remain extremely low.

In 2020, Vidin remained the district with the most unfavorable demographic trends in the country. The number of teachers in primary and secondary education increased in 2020 and for the first time in three years was higher than the national average. The number of GPs remains relatively high, but healthcare suffers from a shortage of specialist physicians and hospital beds. Despite the low and still decreasing workload of criminal judges, the speed of delivery of justice is low. The relatively low share of the population living in cities is a factor for the relatively limited share of households with a connection to a public sewerage network. The performance of Vidin district in the field of culture is good.

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