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.

Ethnic groups:
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%.

Religious structure:
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)