NOTRANJSKO-KRAŠKA REGION (Inner-Karst Region)
Facts and figures (2010):
Area: 1,456 km2
Density of population per km2: 35.9
Number of companies: 3,766
Economically active population: 17,800
Unemployment rate (2011): 10.0%
Average monthly gross wage: EUR 1,408
Source: SORS, 2012
Location and transport
The Notranjsko-Kraška Region lies in the southern part of Slovenia and borders on Croatia. It is conviently placed and easily reached from all principal towns such as Ljubljana, Koper, Gorica (I), Triest (I) and Rijeka (CRO).
The underground Karst world with the world famous Postojna Caves and the intermittent Cerknica Lake is the most important feature of the region.
With the population of over 52,000, the Notranjsko-Kraška Region is the smallest Slovenian region.
Education structure of population aged 15 - 64 in the Notranjska-kraška Region
The regional centre is Postojna (15,000 inhabitants) connected with the coastal town of Koper and Ljubljana by the motorway (a 20 minute drive) and railway.
Other principal towns include Ilirska Bistrica (14,200) and Cerkno (10,600).
The most vigorous economic growth is enjoyed by metal-processing industry that also accounts the largest market share. It is followed by the wood-processing industry and given the fact that timber is the region’s natural resource, this is a long-term factor of the economic development. The chemical industry is the region’s second best attribute. Due to bankruptcies of a few of the region’s leading companies (some of them in the wood-processing industry), the region has lost its economic strength and is trying to revive entrepreneurship, particularly as regards services. Thanks to good transport connections, the share of daily migration to other regions, particularly those with high qualifications, is quite high.
There is plenty of potential for the development of tourism thanks to relatively scarce number of people per square kilometre and pristine nature. One can hardly get enough of the natural beauties and the phenomena such as Postojna Caves or Cerkniško jezero (lake).
The most important companies operating in the region include:
- Javor Pivka d.d. (manufacture of veneer sheets and wood-based panels)
- Ydria Motors d.o.o. (manufacture of electric motors, generators and transformers)
- LIV hidravlika in kolesa d.o.o. (manufacture of bicycles and chairs for disabled persons)
- Brest-pohištvo d.o.o. (manufacture of furniture)
- Pivka perutninarstvo d.d. (raising of poultry)
- Kolektor LIV d.o.o. (manufacture of electric domestic appliances)
- GGP d.o.o. (logging)
- Plama-PUR d.d. (manufacture of plastic plates, sheets, tubes and profiles)
- Kovinoplastika Lož d.d. (manufacture of locks and hinges)
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