Koprivnica-Križevci County (light orange)
within Croatia (light yellow)
|• Župan||Darko Koren (HSS)|
|• Total||1,746 km2 (674 sq mi)|
|• Density||71/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||HR-06|
Koprivnica-Križevci County (Croatian: Koprivničko-križevačka županija) is a county in northern Croatia. Its hyphenated name comes from two entities: the two of its largest cities, Koprivnica and Križevci.
Koprivnica is the official capital of the county. It was first mentioned in 1272 in a document by prince Ladislaus IV of Hungary and was declared a free royal town by king Ludovic I in 1356. It has flourished as a trading place and a military fortress since that time.
The military aspect set it back when it was included in the Military Frontier in the 16th century during the wars with the Ottoman Turks. After Maria Theresa's decree of 1765, however, it resumed life as a peaceful little merchant town.
Križevci, on the other hand, as a smaller city and second mentioned in the county name, may seem like an underdog to its neighbour Koprivnica. Its first mention was from 1193 by Béla III but it was divided into two parts which developed at different rates.
After centuries of division, empress Maria Theresa united the Lower and Upper Križevac into Križevci in 1752. The town was also hit by the wars with the Turks, but it regained importance in 1871 when the railway was built through it on the way from Budapest to Rijeka.
The county also includes a third town, Đurđevac, but its population is much smaller than the main two (8,862 in 2001).
The Koprivnica-Križevci County borders on the Međimurje County in the north, Varaždin County in the northwest, Zagreb County in the southwest, Bjelovar-Bilogora County in the south, Virovitica-Podravina County in the southeast and Hungary in the east.
Koprivnica-Križevci county is divided into:
- City of Koprivnica (county seat)
- Town of Križevci
- Town of Đurđevac
- Municipality of Drnje
- Municipality of Đelekovec
- Municipality of Ferdinandovac
- Municipality of Gola
- Municipality of Gornja Rijeka
- Municipality of Hlebine
- Municipality of Kalinovac
- Municipality of Kalnik
- Municipality of Kloštar Podravski
- Municipality of Koprivnički Bregi
- Municipality of Koprivnički Ivanec
- Municipality of Legrad
- Municipality of Molve
- Municipality of Novigrad Podravski
- Municipality of Novo Virje
- Municipality of Peteranec
- Municipality of Podravske Sesvete
- Municipality of Rasinja
- Municipality of Sokolovac
- Municipality of Sveti Ivan Žabno
- Municipality of Sveti Petar Orehovec
- Municipality of Virje
- Župan (prefect): Darko Koren (HSS)
- Deputy župan: Vladimir Šadek (HSS)
- Deputy župan: Vjekoslav Flamaceta (SDP)
The county assembly is composed of 41 representatives, presided by Milivoj Androlić (SDP) and composed as follows:
- HSS-SDP: 27
- Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ): 10
- DC-HDSS: 2
- HSLS-HNS-LS-HSU: 2
Based on election results in 2005.
In the 2001 census, the population was 124,467, of which 96.0% was Croat, 1.9% was Serb, and 0.9% was ethnically uncommitted.