Size: 6,808 sq. kilometres
Density: 102 / sq. km
Unemployment rate: 10.1%*
Average monthly wage: Sk17,739 (€546)*
Average wage, Slovakia: Sk20,146 (€620)*
Share of Slovak GDP creation: 10.6% **
FDI: Sk8.308 billion (€255.6 million)
Share of Slovak FDI in 2006: 13.6%
Sources: Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic portal.statistics.sk and Slovak National Bank www.nbs.sk, all figures current to December 31, 2006, except for * 2007 and ** 2005
The Žilina Region
The north-west Žilina region is a rugged area that borders on the Czech Republic and Poland. It includes no fewer than seven mountain ranges: the Tatry and Nízke tatry (Tatras and the Low Tatras), the Veľká and Malá Fatra (Greater and Lesser Fatras), the Chočské vrchy (Choč Mountains), the Javorníky and the Strážovské vrchy (Strážov Mountains). The region is also dominated by national parks, with 51 percent of its territory under some form of protection, accounting for 30 percent of Slovakia's total protected area.
The mountain ranges are split by several rivers with fertile floodplains, including the Váh, Kysuca, Turiec and Orava. Nevertheless, only 36.5 percent of the Žilina region is agricultural land, while 53 percent is forested.
The Žilina region is made up of 313 municipalities and 11 districts, ranging from the more developed Ružomberok
districts, to the more rural Turčianske Teplice, Trvdošín, Námestovo and Čadca.
The economy of the Žilina region is dominated by machine industry and the construction sector. Telecommunications and wood processing also have strong positions in the region.
The main story in the region is the new Kia Motors plant in Teplička nad Váhom near Žilina.
Attractions: aqua parks (Meander park-Oravice, Tatralandia-Liptovský Mikuláš
, Bešeňová), Orava Castle, Budatín Castle, Žilina
, Strečno Castle (ruins with exhibit), Demänovská Cave of Liberty, Demänovská Ice Cave, the Nízke Tatry (Low Tatras), the Veľká Fatra (Greater Fatra), the Malá Fatra (Lesser Fatra), the Javorníky and the Strážovské vrchy (Strážov Mountains), ski resorts (Jasná Nízke Tatry, Kubínska Hoľa, Martinské Hole, Veľká Rača-Oščadnica, Vrátna, Zverovka-Spálená), spas (Rajecké Teplice, Turčianske Teplice), the village of Vlkolínec included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, the village of Čičmany best known for the ornamental paintings on its wooden buildings