Varaždin County (light orange)
within Croatia (light yellow)
|• Župan||Predrag Štromar|
|• Total||1,261 km2 (487 sq mi)|
|• Density||140/km2 (360/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||HR-05|
The county contains Varaždin the city, Ivanec, Ludbreg, Lepoglava, Novi Marof and Varaždinske Toplice, as well as 22 municipalities. It covers an area of 1,261 square kilometres (487 sq mi) and had a population of 175 951 in the 2011 census.
Varaždin County borders Slovenia to the northwest, Međimurje County to the north, Krapina-Zagorje County to the southwest, Zagreb County to the south, and Koprivnica-Križevci County to the southeast, with a small portion of the latter separating it from Hungary.
The Drava flows along the northern border of the county. There are three reservoirs on the river – Lake Ormož, Lake Varaždin and Lake Dubrava. All of them are partially located within the county. Another river flowing through the county is the Bednja, which also confluences with the Drava within the county. There are also the mountains of Ivanščica (also known as Ivančica) and Kalnik.
The highway A4 (part of Pan-European Corridor Vb and European route E65) passes through the county, connecting the Hungarian border (in the north) with Zagreb (in the south), and which has exits in Varaždin, Varaždinske Toplice and Novi Marof. In the longitudinal (west-east) direction, a magistral road passes along the Drava river, which connects Maribor (Slovenia) and Osijek. The railway (albeit not modernized) connects also the county with the south (Zagreb), north (Čakovec, Budapest) and east (Koprivnica).
Varaždin County today represents an important Croatian region with intense industrial and commercial activities and a strong financial sector. The high quality of products and services provided by county's firms are guarantors of the county's successful economic development on the global market in the future.
The economy of Varaždin County is focused on the manufacturing industry, particularly on the following industrial branches: milk products processing, beverage production, meat packing industry, clothing and textiles industry, metal manufacturing industry, leather footwear industry, manufacturing of high-quality wood furniture and other lumber products. Varaždin County is the only Croatian county that has a higher export than import.
Varaždin county is divided into:
- City of Varaždin (county seat)
- Town of Ludbreg
- Town of Lepoglava
- Town of Ivanec
- Town of Novi Marof
- Town of Varaždinske Toplice
- Municipality of Bednja
- Municipality of Beretinec
- Municipality of Breznica
- Municipality of Breznički Hum
- Municipality of Cestica
- Municipality of Donja Voća
- Municipality of Donji Martijanec
- Municipality of Gornji Kneginec
- Municipality of Jalžabet
- Municipality of Klenovnik
- Municipality of Ljubešćica
- Municipality of Mali Bukovec
- Municipality of Maruševec
- Municipality of Petrijanec
- Municipality of Sračinec
- Municipality of Sveti Đurđ
- Municipality of Sveti Ilija
- Municipality of Trnovec Bartolovečki
- Municipality of Veliki Bukovec
- Municipality of Vidovec
- Municipality of Vinica
- Municipality of Visoko
- Zvonimir Sabati
- Radimir Čačić (2005–2008)
- Zvonimir Sabati (2008–2009)
- Predrag Štromar (2009-)
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