Vratsa

Vratsa is one of the two districts in which GDP per capita shrank in 2019. At the same time, however, salaries and incomes continued to grow at a higher than average rate. The labor market indicators place Vratsa district in an unfavorable position. The challenges facing the local labor market continue to be the relatively low-educated workforce and the ageing population. Economic and investment activity is relatively low, but production value continues to grow. The whole district performs poorly in terms of the indicators for infrastructural development. The average level of local taxes in the local municipalities was again relatively low in 2021.

The age dependency ratios remain significantly less favorable than the national averages. The share of urban population remains low. The indicators in the field of primary and secondary education remain relatively good, but the students’ results are relatively poor. Healthcare suffers from a shortage of doctors (both GPs and specialist physicians) and hospital beds. The workloads of criminal judges in the district are decreasing and remain relatively low, which affects the speed of delivery of justice. The relatively small share of the population living in cities and its low density may explain the limited share of households in settlements with a public sewerage network. The cultural life in the district is of low intensity.

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