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Podravska region

Podravje, region of Drava

Facts and figures (2015)

 Area2,170 km2  
  Density of population per km2148.6  
  Number of companies17,725  
  Economically active population119,600  
  Registered unemployment rate*      13.6%  
  Average monthly gross wage                                                                                                           € 1,420  

 *Registered unemployed persons are registered with the Employment Service of Slovenia and are actively seeking for employment.

Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia & AJPES, 2016

Location and transport

Lying at the north-east of Slovenia bordering on Austria and Croatia, the Podravska Region enjoys an excellent geographical position and boasts well-developed transport infrastructure (motorway connection with Graz and Ljubljana, railway, airport of Maribor).


The Podravska Region is the second largest in Slovenia.

Socio-economic characteristics of population in the Podravska region, 2015

Population aged 15 years or more by activity status and education  


Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 2016


With total population of 112,000 Maribor is the regional centre and the second largest city in Slovenia. The fact that it has its university attracts many young people. The University of Maribor has 17 faculties and around 15,000 students. The University provides a wide range of courses in engineering, computers science, chemistry, European languages and business. In addition, there are several independent colleges.

Other principle tows include: Slovenska Bistrica (25,400), Ptuj (23,200) and Ormož (12,400).


The economy of the Podravska Region is dominated by the service industry, which represents about 60% of the overall structure. Only 25 years ago the Podravska Region enjoyed the reputation of a strong industrial region due to long industrial tradition. The region has all the attributes required for production of sophisticated products. Most companies are in the processing industries such as:

  • metal-processing
  • chemicals
  • food & beverages

There is also water welth that is used for electricity production (the chain of hydro-electric power platns on the Drava River).


Maribor Development Agency 

Mariborska razvojna agencija (MRA)

Pobreška cesta 20, SI-2000 Maribor

tel: +386 2 333 1300

e-mail :


The most important companies operating in the region include:

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