Nitra region

Nitra region
Size: 6,343 sq. kilometres
Population: 707,305
Density: 112 / sq. km
Unemployment rate: 10.7%*
Average monthly wage: Sk16,607 (€511)*
Average wage, Slovakia: Sk20,146 (€620)*
Share of Slovak GDP creation:
11.7% **
FDI: Sk1.084 billion (€33.4 million)
Share of Slovak FDI in 2006: 1.8%

Sources: Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic and Slovak National Bank, all figures current to December 31, 2006, except for * 2007 and ** 2005.

The south-central Nitra region is Slovakia's agricultural heartland. Flatter and warmer than the rest of the country, its soil and terrain are best suited to farming. It is the least forested region in the country, with only 15 percent coverage, and has the largest proportion of ethnic Hungarian residents, or 30 percent.
The main river in the region is the Váh, which flows from Žilina through Piešťany and joins the Danube at Komárno. The Hron, which originates in the Banská Bystrica region, flows through Levice to join the Danube at Štúrovo.
The Nitra region is made up of 7 districts, 15 towns and 354 municipalities.
The most important industrial sectors are machinery, chemicals and food. While the food industry is scattered evenly around the region, other industries are concentrated in specific cities. Šaľa is the centre of the chemicals industry, for example; Komárno of shipbuilding; Tlmače of machinery; and Štúrovo of the paper industry.

Nitra, Drážovce (Church of St Michael), Arboretum Mlyňany, Topoľčianky Manor House, Komárno (fortress), Levice Castle (ruins with exhibit), Palárikovo Manor House, Kolárovo (water mill), Brhlovce (The Cave Dwelling Museum), aquaparks (Vadaš - Štúrovo, Veľký Meder, Wellness Patince)