Sisak-Moslavina County (light orange)
within Croatia (light yellow)
|• Župan||Marina Lovrić Merzel (SDP)|
|• Total||4,463 km2 (1,723 sq mi)|
|• Density||39/km2 (100/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||HR-03|
Sisak-Moslavina County (Croatian: Sisačko-moslavačka županija) is a Croatian county in eastern Central Croatia and southwestern Slavonia. It is named after the city of Sisak and the region Moslavina just across the river Sava. According to 2011 census it is inhabited by 172 thousand people.
This county features the ancient Roman city of Siscia—today's Sisak. Siscia was the largest city of the whole region back then, a Pannonian capital, probably due to its position on the confluence of the Kupa and Sava rivers. The city's patron saint is its first Christian bishop, St. Kvirin, who was tortured and almost killed during Diocletian's persecution of Christians. Legend has it that they tied him to a millstone and threw him into a river, but he freed himself from the weight, escaped and continued to preach his faith.
The town may have lost importance with the fall of one empire, but it recovered it soon enough with the rise of another: Sisak became famous for crucial battles between European armies and the Ottoman Turks. In particular, the battle of 1593 when the Turkish army first ever suffered a large defeat. The ban Toma Bakač Erdedi who led the defense in this battle became famous throughout Europe.
Today, Sisak features the largest Croatian metallurgic factory (supported by the University of Zagreb's Faculty of Metallurgy also in the city) and the largest oil refinery. These are coupled with the petrochemical facilities in the nearby town of Kutina, the first recorded mention of which was in 1256 by king Béla IV. Moslavina is probably the most picturesque part of this county, with the natural park Lonjsko polje near the rivers Lonja, Ilova and Pakra.
This county also extends far to the south to the border with Bosnia, and in this southern part of the county one can find a small town of Topusko, which has another one of those spas typical for Central Croatia, although this one stands out with seniority: it dates back to the neolithic age.
Sisak-Moslavina County borders on the Karlovac County in the west, Zagreb County in the north, Bjelovar-Bilogora County and Požega-Slavonia County in the northeast, and finally Brod-Posavina County in the east.
of Sisak-Moslavina County
|Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, DZS, Zagreb, 2005|
Sisak-Moslavina county is divided as follows:
- City of Sisak (county seat)
- Town of Glina
- Town of Hrvatska Kostajnica
- Town of Kutina
- Town of Novska
- Town of Petrinja
- Municipality of Donji Kukuruzari
- Municipality of Dvor
- Municipality of Gvozd
- Municipality of Hrvatska Dubica
- Municipality of Jasenovac
- Municipality of Lekenik
- Municipality of Lipovljani
- Municipality of Majur
- Municipality of Martinska Ves
- Municipality of Popovača
- Municipality of Sunja
- Municipality of Topusko
- Municipality of Velika Ludina
The county assembly is composed of 49 representatives, organized as follows as of 2005:
- Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) 13
- Croatian Party of Rights (HSP) 8
- Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP) 8
- Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) 5
- Croatian People's Party (HNS) 4
- Croatian Party of Pensioners (HSU) 3
- Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) 2
- Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS) 2
- Democratic Centre (DC) 1
- Liberal Party (LS) 1
- Party of Democratic Action of Croatia (SDA) 1
- Socialist Party of Croatia - Left Alternative (SPH) 1
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