Brežice Municipality offers attractive development possibilities with its exceptional geostrategic position, essential road and rail infrastructure, proximity to the border, large tourist capacities, health and education tradition, agriculture development possibilities, and fully developed environment for entrepreneurship and small economy. Municipality of Brežice with its 268km2 is the 14th largest municipality in Slovenia. Brežice features a prominent and diverse landscape interlacing the elements of Karst region from the Slovenia’s inner land in the southern part of the municipality (Gorjanci hills over the Krško-Brežice fields) with the sub-pannonian region characteristics in the central and northern part of municipality (Krško-Brežice fields and Posavje-Obsotelsko ridge). The central region is characterized by forest remains on the planes, Sava and Krka rivers with their meanders, and a unified agricultural landscape. The areas with the most exceptional landscape value are those of Jovsi, Stankovo, Gadova peč and Podsreda.

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In 2009, Brežice had the population of around 24400 (approximately 12000 men and 12400 women). According to the population numbers, Brežice ranked 13th in Slovenia’s municipalities. 91 people on average lived on a square kilometer of the municipality. The birth rate was lower than mortality rate, which caused a negative natural growth of -2.8 per 1000 people. The number of people migrating out of the municipality was lower than the number of the newly migrated, which caused a positive 4.6 net migration per 1000 people. The sum of natural and net migration growth per a population of 1000 in the municipality was a positive 1.8. Approximately 24400 people live in Brežice municipality. The average age of the population is 43 years, which is higher than the Slovenian average, which is 41.4 years. In Brežice municipality, as in most other Slovenian municipalities, the number of oldest population was higher than the number of youngest: 139 people older than 65 matched 100 people younger than 14. In all Slovenian municipalities, gender data shows that ageing index for women is higher than that for men. Like in most other Slovenian municipalities, there are more women aged 65 or older than those aged 15 or younger; however, the ration is the same for men.

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Culture

The cultural sphere is managed by two active public institutes – Brežice Library and Posavje Museum, a branch of the Slovenian cultural activities fund, and 26 cultural associations with over 60 sections, including choirs, folk singers, brass bands, literary groups, arts groups, modern, acrobatic and folk dance, folklore groups, tamburitsa players, horn players, and others. Brežice School of Music, Slovenian Entrepreneurship and Tourism Institute in Brežice (ZPTM) and 8 elementary schools also help add to the cultural diversity.

Education

In 2011, the municipality included 12 kindergartens which managed the care of 772 children. 72% of all children in the municipality aged 1 to 5 were included in pre-school education in kindergartens. In 2009/2010 school year, approximately 1800 pupils were going to elementary school, while 930 students were going to different secondary schools. On average, 50 out of 1000 people in the municipality were students on their way to receive the diploma and 9 were students with a diploma.

Healthcare

In the area of healthcare, the population is well provided with the health services needed. Brežice offer healthcare services at General Hospital and Maternity Hospital, Community Health Center and Brežice Pharmacy. At the primary level of public healthcare, 6 general medical practice doctors, 4 dentists and 5 community nurses work under service commission contracts. No commissions are awarded for the pharmacy services. Brežice General Hospital and Maternity Hospital covers the whole Posavje region. These various healthcare activities in Brežice are being provided in Brežice, as well as at 2 outpatient clinics in Pišece and 2 in Bizeljsko, while dental care clinics are established in Artiče, Brežice, Dobova and Velika Dolina elementary schools.

Sports

Most sports activities are focused on Brežice with its athletics stadium and diverse training areas and buildings. In other towns, sports infrastructure is usually set next to schools or village centers and is used for recreation by all citizens and sports associations in the afternoons. Children’s playgrounds are available in Brežice as well as in certain quarters. The whole area is suitable for recreational activities.

In the last few years, several cycling and walking trails were developed to accommodate the connection with natural and cultural heritage (Brežice cycling trail, Artiče fruit cycling trail, Brežice alpinist trail, memorial trail following the footsteps of Kozjansko soldiers etc.), and many events on sports and recreation are being held (Cycle your way through Brežice municipality; Run around Brežice with Primož Kozmus).

Thermal water is used as the basis for intensive recreation in open space (Terme Čatež).

Most notable sports activities in Brežice are currently football, athletics, ju-jitsu, karate, archery, tennis, kayak and canoe, gymnastics, orientation, Thai boxing, and numerous other varieties of recreation.

Economy

There are 444 companies in municipality with a total of 2223 employees and 870 sole proprietors with 719 employees.

59% of persons aged 15 to 64 (working age population) were employed or self-employed (persons in employment), which is lower than the Slovenian average (61%).

An average of 10.4% of the active population was registered as unemployed. More women were unemployed than men. Economy-wise, the most common industries are tertiary industry (commerce, repair of motor vehicles, repair of general consumption goods, and other service activities), heavy industry, and civil engineering.

Every year, the municipality invests into technological equipment of the companies by co-financing the investments and new job openings.

In 2011, the value of gross capital formation in the municipality was 36.798.000EUR.

Average gross monthly salary per an employed person was 10% lower than average Slovenian annual salary, while the net earnings were 7% lower than the national average.

The driving force behind the economic development in Brežice municipality is undoubtedly tourism and commerce, as well as small crafts, which is supported by the municipality by subsidizing investments, creating jobs and helping them appear at trade fairs where they can display their innovative products and services. The tourist offer of the municipality includes a total of 55 hospitality operations, ranging from inns, guesthouses, pizzerias, breweries, confectionaries/bakeries, bars, and discotheques to 4 tourist farms and 10 wineries/root cellars. Hospitality industry is mainly focused around the large centers, such as Brežice, Bizeljsko, Čatež ob Savi and Dobova. We can boast with 618000 overnight stays on an annual level, 1373 rooms and 4305 beds.

An overview of the housing policy shows that municipality contains a population of 24238 and 10563 housing units. In 2009, there were 436 housing units per 1000 people. Approximately 53% of housing units had at least 3 rooms. Average apartment size was 82m2.

Every other person in the municipality had their own passenger car (51 cars per 100 people) with an average age of the vehicle being 9 years. In 2009, the municipal service collected 358kg of waste per person, which is 46kg less than the Slovenian average.

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