The region’s structure of settlement is unbalanced: the metropolitan area of Pilsen connects to small rural areas, while mid-sized towns are lacking. The high number of small settlements is a typical feature of the area. More than four out of five municipalities in the region have fewer than 2,000 residents, and over 30% of the region’s population resides in such small towns and villages.
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As a part of the preparations for a regional political system in the Czech Republic in light of the country’s planned entrance into the EU and in compliance with the Regional Development Support Act, eight statistical units were created at the NUTS II level, each of which contains two to three regions. The Pilsen Region occupies part of NUTS II Southwest together with the South Bohemian Region.
Pilsen Region ranks in the middle of the country’s regions in terms of economic development, providing 5.5% of the national GDP, and has the 5th highest GDP per capita. This is driven by the economically strong City of Pilsen which, according to estimates, creates nearly two thirds of the region’s GDP.
The common border with Bavaria, one of the EU’s most developed regions, which features natural conditions similar to those in Pilsen Region, aroused the need to overcome cross-border socioeconomic differences before the Czech Republic entered the EU. The municipalities in the Czech-German border areas form two Euroregions: Bohemian Forest/Šumava–Bavarian Forest–Mühlviertel and Egrensis.