GDP for the North-Western region (as of 2011): 5 057 mil. BGN

Area of the city of Pleven:  85 km2 (33 sq mi)

Population (2011)

  • City: 106 954
  • Density: 1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)


Labour Market

  • Employees under labour contract as of 2011: 62 256
  • Average annual wages and salaries of the employees under labour contract in Pleven as of 2011: 6 308 BGN
  • Average annual wages and salaries of the employees under labour contract in the North-Western region as of 2011: 6 727 BGN
  • Employed population of 15 – 64 years of age in Pleven as of 2012: 91 000; for the whole North-Western region: 273 200
  • Employment rates of population of 15 – 64 years of age in Pleven as of 2012: 55%
  • Unemployed population of 15 – 64 years of age in Pleven as of 2012: 10 900
  • Unemployment rate of population aged 15 – 64 years in Pleven of as of 2012: 10.4%
  • Unemployed population of 15 – 64 years of age in the North-Western region as of 2012: 39 800
  • Unemployment rate of population aged 15 – 64 years in the North-Western region as of 2012: 12.4%


Regional Specialization

The following sectors are particularly developed in the region:

  • Food industry (284 companies and 2 622 employees as of 2012)
  • Clothing production (240 companies and 6 664 employees as of 2012)
  • Leather processing and shoe production (15 companies and 717 employees as of 2012)
  • Metal products manufacturing (10 companies and 429 employees as of 2012)
  • Machine and equipment manufacturing (49 companies and 1 749 employees as of 2012)
  • Research & Development (6 companies and 379 employees as of 2012)
  • Tobacco production




    Development Potential

    • The transport infrastructure, including Pan-European transport corridors 4 and 7 (the river Danube), the ports and RORO terminals, intermodal transport and the completion of a second bridge over the Danube connecting Vidin and Calafat and a third one connecting Oryahovo and Bechet represent development potentials for businesses and tourism as well as for efficient cross-border cooperation.
    • The favourable location, the well preserved natural environment and cultural and historical heritage make it possible to develop tourism and increase the potential for the tourist industry.
    • The quality of the environment and clean nature make this region more attractive for residential, business or touristic purposes.
    • The region will benefit from the completion of the Hemus motorway as planned and the improvement of meridional connections to the north reaching the river Danube and to the South reaching the Balkan Range.
    • The region has the potential for territorial cohesion in terms of the development of the urban areas of Vidin and Calafat.
    • The river Danube has solid potential for transportation and energy generation and is an important aquatic resource for the economic development of the region.


    Foreign Direct Investments in non-financial enterprises in Pleven as of 2011: 174 927.6 (thousand EUR)





Pan-European transport corridor 4 crosses the region, while transport corridor 7, the river Danube, runs along the region’s northern border. The section of transport corridor 4 running across the region is not well developed nor is it in good technical shape. Railroads are somewhat less significant than roads in terms of ensuring transportation access and services for the local population. The existing operational railways in the region run for a total of 644 km representing 15.7% of the railroad network of the country. Water transport using transport corridor 7, the river Danube, is handled in the ports of Vidin, Lom, and Oryahovo. The port of Lom is the second largest Bulgarian port on the river Danube and the existing infrastructure provides the shortest direct road connection from Lom to Thessaloniki. The port of Vidin operates four terminals, including the RORO vessel connecting the cities of Vidin and Calafat. Both ports are pieces of infrastructure that are assigned a level of priority in terms of developing international combined transport in Bulgaria.


Educational System

There is one higher learning school in Pleven. Secondary vocational schools have a relatively well developed network.



Cultural Heritage

There are 3,883 items of immovable cultural heritage in the region. The more prominent ones are: the Baba Vida and Belogradchik fortresses, the Kurtpashov tower and the Meshchii tower in Vratsa, the Hissaria medieval fortress and the Varosha Revival Period neighbourhood in Lovech, Revival Period houses in Teteven, Troyan and elsewhere, the monasteries of Klissura, Lopusha, Chiprovo, Cherepish, Troyan, Glozhen, Novo Selo, etc. There are 25 museums and 9 art galleries in the region.





 Total area: 2 036 638 m²

 Built-up area: 32 329 m²


  • 105 km to Sofia airport
  • 30 km to the city of Pleven, next to railway station Telish
  • 65 km to the ferry line Bulgaria-Romania
  • In immediate proximity to the main road Sofia-Varna (the biggest Black Sea port in  Bulgaria)
  • On the main road Sofia-Ruse (the biggest river port in Bulgaria)



  • International road network
  • Railway network
  • Electricity supply
  • Water supply and sewerage
  • Telecommunication network


Business Environment

  • Pleven District is an important economic center in North Bulgaria
  • Population – 320 000 in 11 municipalities
  • Four harbors operating within the District
  • Two main railways are crossing the region
  • Local industry structure: machinery construction, chemical and textile production, developed agriculture production and food processing



  • Highly skilled multilingual workforce
  • Professional schools in the city of Pleven, offering education in mechanical and electrical disciplines, chemical technologies and economics
  • Technical University, located in the neighbouring regional centre