Krapina-Zagorje County

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Krapina-Zagorje County
Krapinsko-zagorska županija
County
Flag of Krapina-Zagorje County
Flag
Coat of arms of Krapina-Zagorje County
Coat of arms
Krapina-Zagorje County (light orange) within Croatia (light yellow)
Krapina-Zagorje County (light orange)
within Croatia (light yellow)
County seat Krapina
Government
 • Župan Željko Kolar (SDP)
Area[1]
 • Total 1,229 km2 (475 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 132,892
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Area code 049
ISO 3166 code HR-02
Website http://www.kzz.hr/

Krapina-Zagorje County (Croatian: Krapinsko-zagorska županija)[pronunciation?] is a county in northern Croatia. It encompasses most of the historic region called Hrvatsko Zagorje.

The Krapina-Zagorje County is a candidate for being the most idyllic county in Croatia: the many villages and small towns spread out across the hillsides are perfect for agriculture (vineyards in particular) and summer houses. Although beautiful, the many hills rivers, creeks and lakes through many valleys cause a peculiar effect throughout Zagorje: 15% of the year, fog significantly lowers visibility in the area.

Bordering with Slovenia this region was a part of the Austrian Empire. From those times originates the majority of many castles spread around the county.

Perhaps the most astonishing landmark of the area is the excavation site of a 100,000-year-old Neanderthal man in caves near the central town of Krapina. Existence of "modern"-day Krapina itself has been verified since 1193, and was always a favorite site for castles and other country houses of Croatian and Hungarian rulers.

Other towns of the county are Zabok, Pregrada, Zlatar, Oroslavje, Donja Stubica, Klanjec. The town of Stubica features another thermal spring, the Stubičke toplice ("toplice" means spa). Also in the area are the medieval castles Veliki Tabor, Miljana, Bežanec, Hellenbach, Milengrad etc.

The Krapina-Zagorje County borders on the Varaždin County in the northwest, Zagreb County in the southwest and southeast, and the city of Zagreb in the south.

Administrative division[edit]

Krapina-Zagorje County is divided into:

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations of Krapina-Zagorje County
Year Pop. ±%
1857 100,804 —    
1869 113,711 +12.8%
1880 125,394 +10.3%
1890 139,547 +11.3%
1900 152,047 +9.0%
1910 168,404 +10.8%
1921 163,594 −2.9%
1931 175,227 +7.1%
Year Pop. ±%
1948 181,586 +3.6%
1953 178,938 −1.5%
1961 168,952 −5.6%
1971 161,247 −4.6%
1981 153,567 −4.8%
1991 148,779 −3.1%
2001 142,432 −4.3%
2011 132,892 −6.7%
Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, Croatian Bureau of Statistics, Zagreb, 2005

Since the late 1940s the county's population has been slowly shrinking. As of the 2011 census, the county had 132,892 residents. The population density is 110 people per km².

Ethnic Croats form the majority with 98.84% of the population.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ostroški, Ljiljana, ed. (December 2013). "Statistički ljetopis Republike Hrvatske 2013" [2013 Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Croatia] (PDF). Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Croatia (in Croatian and English) (Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics) 45: 56. ISSN 1334-0638. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: County of Krapina-Zagorje". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Stanovništvo prema narodnosti po gradovima/općinama, Popis 2011.". Croatian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 

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Coordinates: 46°07′30″N 15°48′25″E / 46.125°N 15.807°E / 46.125; 15.807