Trenčín region

Trenčín region
Size: 4,501 sq. kilometres
Population: 599,847
Density: 133 / sq. km
Unemployment rate: 5.7%*
Average monthly wage: Sk17,551 (€540)*
Average wage, Slovakia: Sk20,146 (€620)*
Share of Slovak GDP creation:
9.8% **
FDI: Sk2.58 billion (€79.4 million)
Share of Slovak FDI in 2006: 4.2%

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

The north-west Trenčín region is a relatively wealthy and developed part of Slovakia, bordering on the Czech Republic. It is hilly but not rugged, and has an unusually high (55 percent) proportion of inhabitants employed in industry, making it the second most heavily industrialised region after Bratislava.
The western part of the region is drained by the Váh, which also forms the main settlement basin; the east lies in the watershed of the Nitra. The Trenčín region is girdled by highlands - the Biele Karpaty (White Carpathians) and the Myjavské vrchy (Myjava hills) to the west, the Považský Inovec range to the southeast, and the Strážovské vrchy (Stážov Mountains) and Súľovské vrchy (Súľov hills) to the north.
The Trenčín region, with nine districts and 275 municipalities, 18 of which are towns, belongs to the economically strongest regions of Slovakia. It is the third smallest region, both in terms of population and area, but together with the Trnava region the second most densely settled behind Bratislava.
Various industries have a long tradition in the Trenčín region, including textiles and clothing, food processing, machinery, chemicals and mining.

Trenčín, Beckov Castle (ruins), Čachtice Castle (ruins), Bojnice Castle, Štefánik's Tomb, Strážovské and Súľovské vrchy (Strážov and Súľov Mountains), Trenčianske Teplice Spa, Bojnice Spa.