Vratsa

In 2018 GDP per capita in Vratsa district grew three times faster than the average rate of increase in the country and almost reached the national average. At the same time, due to the unfavourable conditions of the labor market, the rate of increase in both salaries and incomes was below the country’s averages. Economic activity and employment figures were on the rise, too, but they still remained far beneath the average ones for the country as a whole. The labor market faces the additional challenge of the population’s deteriorating educational structure. Investment activity in Vratsa district is relatively low. In 2020 the municipalities kept local taxrates relatively low. The district administration has performed relatively well.

The demographic indicators place Vratsa among the districts with a considerable rate of population ageing. In 2020, students’ results were again lower than the national averages. Healthcare in Vratsa district is in a relatively better condition. The proportion of GPs in the district is lower than the average one in the country but the figures are close. The shortage of hospital beds is still a problem awaiting solution. The workloads of local criminal judges are relatively low and therefore delivery of justice is speedier. Crime rates remain relatively high but detection rates are also high. The low share of the population living in urban areas and low population density account for the limited access to public sewerage systems. The intensity of the district’s cultural life is low.

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