Northeastern Planning Region (NERP) - Human Resources
Population of the region in 2003 – 1 285 803 people.
Average increase in population per year-0.68% (lower than the national average).
Positive increase in 6 municipalities in the region, 5 of them in Varna district mainly along the Black sea coast.
Decrease in population in 43 municipalities .
Increase in population (-4.5 %) i.e. negative, lower than the national average.
Mechanic increase in population for the region (in-bound migration). Its value is lower than the national average.
Density of population for the region (64.5 people per square km-below the national average).36% of the population in the region reside in Varna district.
Gender structure - the following ratio is observed: 100 men/ 104 women, the national average is 106 .
Age structure - decrease the number of people aged under 15;increase in the number of people over 65. The category aged between 15 and 65 years is constantly decreasing as a total number, but the population of the category is increasing relatively compared with the whole number of population of the region. The ratio of all 3 above mentioned age categories is as follows:15.2:69.6:15.2% while the national average is 14.2:68.7:17.1%.
Educational structure of population:
The share of inhabitants with university education in NEPR is 7.62%.There are internal disparities in terms of the educational structure within the region. Varna district ranks first among the districts in terms of people with university education.
Bulgarian ethnos predominates in the region as a whole (69.2% of the population). The population of the Turkish ethnic group represents 22.8% of the total and the Roma population accounts for 5.8%.
69% of the population are Christians, 27.2% are Muslims
Number of educational establishments - 638.
Total number of teachers-15632
Share of 15 year-old pupils attending one of the following forms of education (formal, informal, self-education) -18.2%.
Trends in the educational system: set up steady partnership between universities and science centers; review and analysis of present school capacity as a result of demographic tendencies; Analysis of labor market necessities from people with professional education.
Health care - number of hospitals and policlinics - 39, 14 of them are in Varna district. Availability of hospital beds per 100 people-51 beds. Provision with doctors per 1000 people-3.3 (the national average is 3.6)