Drava Statistical Region

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Drava Statistical Region

Podravska statistična regija
Drava Statistical Region in Slovenia.svg
Largest cityMaribor
 • Total2,170 km2 (840 sq mi)
 • Total325,994
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
 • Households133,789
 • Employed104,446
 • Registered unemployed20,061
 • College/university students11,887
 • Regional GDP:EUR 4.828 bn
(EUR 14,945 per capita)

The Drava Statistical Region[1][2][3] (Slovene: Podravska statistična regija) is a statistical region in Slovenia. The largest town in the region is Maribor. Its name comes from the Drava River and includes land on both banks along its course through Slovenia as well as the Pohorje mountains in the northeast of the region. The Drava is used for the production of hydroelectricity and the fertile land around it is used for agriculture. The share of job vacancies in all available jobs is among the highest in Slovenia and the region has a positive net migration rate but a very high natural decrease, which means an overall decrease in the population.


The Drava Statistical Region comprises the following 41 municipalities:


The population in 2020 was 325,994. It has a total area of 2,170 km².


Employment structure: 63.4% services, 35.8% industry, 0.8% agriculture.


It attracts only 3.2% of the total number of tourists in Slovenia, most being from foreign countries (68.9%).


  • Length of motorways: 132.7 km
  • Length of other roads: 6,422.9 km


  1. ^ OECD. 2012. OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Slovenia 2012. OECD Publishing, p. 325.
  2. ^ Lapuh, Lucija. 2016. Measuring the Impact of the Recession on Slovenian Statistical Regions and their Ability to Recover. Acta geographica Slovenica 56(2): 247–256, pp. 252ff.
  3. ^ Boršič, Darja, & Alenka Kavkler. 2009. Modeling Unemployment Duration in Slovenia Using Cox Regression Models. Transition Studies Review 54(1): 145–156, p. 148.

Coordinates: 46°27′00″N 15°41′00″E / 46.45000°N 15.68333°E / 46.45000; 15.68333