Basic geographical data
The gross domestic product of the Moravian-Silesian Region is CZK 411,950 million, the fourth highest figure out of all Czech regions. The Region was formerly a major centre of heavy industry, but this has now been scaled down and the primary focus today is on hi-tech sectors, technology development and traditional small-scale manufacturing. The Region’s companies are particularly strong in IT, electronics, electrical engineering and the automotive industry.
With 1,212,213 inhabitants, the Moravian-Silesian Region is the third most populous region in the Czech Republic. However, the population density is relatively low (223 inhabitants per km2), and the Region has a total of 300 municipalities – the lowest number of any Czech region.
The Moravian-Silesian Region consists of 300 municipalities, of which 42 are towns or cities. Covering a total 5,427 km2, the Region represents 6.9 % of the Czech Republic’s land area, making it the country’s 6th largest region. Over half of the Region’s area is agricultural land, with forests accounting for a further 35 %. In addition to its great natural beauty, the Region also has rich mineral deposits.