Dubrovnik-Neretva County

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Dubrovnik-Neretva County
Dubrovačko-neretvanska županija
County
Flag of Dubrovnik-Neretva County
Flag
Coat of arms of Dubrovnik-Neretva County
Coat of arms
Dubrovnik-Neretva County (light orange) within Croatia (light yellow)
Dubrovnik-Neretva County (light orange)
within Croatia (light yellow)
County seat Dubrovnik
Government
 • Župan Nikola Dobroslavić ((HDZ))
Area
 • Total 1,782 km2 (688 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 122,568
 • Density 69/km2 (180/sq mi)
Area code 020
ISO 3166 code HR-19
Website edubrovnik.org

The Dubrovnik–Neretva County (Croatian: Dubrovačko-neretvanska županija) is the southernmost Croatian county, located in south Dalmatia. The county seat is Dubrovnik and other large towns are Korčula, Metković, Opuzen and Ploče. The Municipality of Neum, which belongs to neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina, divides the county in two parts.

The southern part of the county consists of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area, including the Pelješac peninsula, and the islands of Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet, Šipan, Lopud and Koločep. The northern part of the county includes the Neretva Delta, the Baćina lakes north of Ploče, and a swath of hinterland near the southernmost slopes of Biokovo and around the hill of Rujnica.

Although the 9 kilometres-long stretch of coast belonging to Neum effectively makes the southern part of the county an exclave (disconnecting it from mainland Croatia) it is still connected with the rest of the country via territorial waters. Road traffic going to and from Dubrovnik through Neum is usually less subject to customs controls in order to reduce the traffic congestion. The road connecting Dubrovnik to the rest of the country via Neum has one lane per direction and bus lines passing through Neum often make rest stops there so that passengers can take advantage of lower Bosnian taxes and purchase tobacco and alcoholic beverages as they tend to be cheaper there.

The Croatian and Bosnian governments are planning to build an expressway that would connect Dubrovnik through the Neum municipality and would not require any border control. The regional government of the county is also planning to build a sea bridge at Komarna that would directly connect the southern tip of the northern part of the county to the Pelješac peninsula (the Pelješac bridge), thereby linking the southern part of the county as well.

The northern part of the Mljet island is a national park. The Lastovo archipelago is a designated nature park. The southernmost tip of the county is the demilitarized Prevlaka peninsula at the border with Montenegro.

Basic facts[edit]

  • Area: 1,782 km2 (688 sq mi)
  • Demographics:
    • In the 2001 census, of a total population of 122,870, the Croats made up an absolute majority with 93.29% of the population.[2]

Administrative division[edit]

On the local level, the Dubrovnik–Neretva county is further subdivided into 5 cities (Grad) and 17 municipalities (Općina):

County government[edit]

Current leadership:

The county assembly is composed of 41 representatives, and composed as follows:

Based on election results in 2009.

Protected areas[edit]

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Coordinates: 42°39′13″N 18°05′41″E / 42.65361°N 18.09472°E / 42.65361; 18.09472