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Region upper Nitra river

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map of region upper Nitra river

Region is situated in the west part of Slovakia, along upper flow of river Nitra. Almost all region spreads in Hornonitrianska fold. Only in the peripheral area interfer mountains. Hornonitrianska fold belongs to the most rangy areas. Cities are distributed along main communications and rivers, mainly along Nitra river, which makes a central line of this fold. Individual centroid of settlement of regional importance is made around the city Prievidza, with other cities – Bojnice, Nováky, Handlová and Nitrianske Pravno. This centroid makes individual, relatively closed resident unite, what led also from its economic base. It represent final part of Hornonitrianska settlement development line. Topolčany and Bánovce nad Bebravou are part of Ponitrianska settlement development line. Thanks to climate and natural conditions belongs this region to the oldest cultural areas of Slovakia. Till 1923 belonged this region to historical region Nitrianska župa, also called Horná Nitra (upper Nitra). As long the important changes in 20. century influenced development of Horná Nitra. Brown coal mines were opened, many activities in chemical, food, wood and clothing industry were activated. Region Horná Nitra was affected by the transformational process, which led to decrease of working possibilities in industry, mainly in the districts of Prievidza and Bánovce nad Bebravou. Main industry carries its dominant position also in these times, instead of the prodiction decrease. Many enterprises in mentioned districts, which employ high percentage of inhabitants, are looking for with difficulties lost replacement markets, which were in ost bloc. The rentability of mine industry in Horná Nitra is smaller and smaller and is nessesary to introduce an alternative productive branches. In opposite case there is a threat of immense increase of unemployement and economic collapse of this region. In the area Vtáčnik – Horná Nitra occure economical most important resources of energy raw materials in Slovakia. There are deposits in Nováky, Handlová, Cigeľ and Nováky. Besides important brown coal deposits, there is selected prognostic area Vtáčnik – south, which is a continuation of brown coal line around Handlová. Respecting more characteristics, districts of this region belong to those with average economic base. District Partizánske is an exception, is reachs lower base that is average. Region Horná Nitra belongs to the areas with most endangered environment. It is negatively marked by the mine activity, energetic and chemical industry. The most endargered area includes part of Hornonitrianska fold, which spreads from cities Prievidza to Topolčany, with the center of pollution in Nováky and Zemianske Kostoľany. It interfers into the districts Prievidza, Partizánske and Topolčany. In spite of that, the region disposes with manz natural resources available for turistic development, conditions for tourism and cyclism, for winter sports and other.

Region upper Nitra river contains cities Bánovce nad Bebravou, Bojnice, Handlová, Nováky, Partizánske, Prievidza, Topoľčany and number of villages 165.

basic data

number of inhabitants293 354292 560291 395290 287289 333287 799286 637285 341283 677288 073
number of unemployed20 22221 47020 11717 95214 19195987401685993619424
number of long-term unemployed8855985999528919645235602110150519243027
number of people receiving social benefits10 07110 40490406578481036792910250924682317
unemployment rate13.414.413.5129.56.454.66.46.5
long-term unemployment rate5.
assignation tax63 264 28064 042 81765 905 53472 796 05178 714 20387 883 85895 257 795107 205 162110 269 125105 219 817
demographic dependency21.322.122.924.125.326.527.829.130.330.9
demographic pyramid upper Nitra river 2021 demographic pyramid upper Nitra river 2035

number of unemployed

less than 24 years42514221372829302017128291686512171118
25 to 39 years7030747470386312499033442597243232703193
40 to 54 years6625694765225931481131722412224630833231
55 years and more2412282828292779237217971476131617912033

Other regions

Suggested citation: Michal Páleník: Regions of Slovakia - Region upper Nitra river, IZ Bratislava, retrieved from: https://www.iz.sk/en/projects/regions-of-slovakia/upper-nitra-river


Current statistics

November 2021: number of unemployed at the labour offices: 198327, of which 92941 are long term unemployed, unemployment rate 7.3 % (3.4 % long term unemployment)

Highest unemployment: Rimavská Sobota 21.4 % (13.8 %), Revúca 21.3 % (13.9 %), Kežmarok 18.5 % (10.2 %), Rožňava 16.7 % (10.6 %)

Lowest unemployment:: Trenčín 3.6 %, Nitra 3.6 %, Hlohovec 3.6 %, Trnava 3.6 %, Ilava 3.7 %