Murska Sobota is the center of the Pomurje region in Northeastern Slovenia, the least developed part of Slovenia and the region that was hit the hardest by the financial crisis a decade ago. The region’s economy has since recuperated, and Pomurje could well be described as one of the more bustling parts of Slovenia.
According to the local Chamber of Economy and Commerce the revenue sum of the companies in the region has increased from 1.7 to 3 billion euros since the crisis. The value added per employee went from 25.000 to 36.000 euros.
Murska Sobota, the regional center, is attractively located near three country borders: with Austria, Hungary and Croatia, and on the intersection of the Lisbon–Kiev motorway corridor (V.) and the Baltic–Adriatic railway corridor (RFC5). The local government is ready to offer help to investors interested in the town’s industrial zone close to the motorway. The most recent investments in the zone are new facilities for Medicop, niche-oriented producer of medical equipment. Austrian XAL, a leading producer of LED lighting systems, also has a plant in Murska Sobota. The regional center is also home to Pomgrad, the largest Slovenian construction company, and GMT, Slovenia’s largest trader of spare car parts.
An attractive location is only one of the reasons behind growing interest among investors. Murska Sobota is among the three highest investors in study grants in Slovenia. As a result, it has one of the most educated workforces in the country, with 39 percent of the employed population having college or university degrees. Clearly a strong competitive advantage, which makes Murska Sobota an excellent location for tech-oriented industries. Currently the main investment opportunities lie in tourism, advanced ecological agriculture, logistics and technology.