Varaždin County

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Varaždin County
Varaždinska županija
County
Flag of Varaždin County
Flag
Coat of arms of Varaždin County
Coat of arms
Varaždin County (light orange) within Croatia (light yellow)
Varaždin County (light orange)
within Croatia (light yellow)
County seat Varaždin
Government
 • Župan Predrag Štromar
Area[1]
 • Total 1,262 km2 (487 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 175,951
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Area code 042
ISO 3166 code HR-05
Website http://www.varazdinska-zupanija.hr/
County flag on County Palace in Varaždin

Varaždin County (Croatian: Varaždinska županija) is a county in northern Croatia. It is named after its county seat, the city of Varaždin.

Geography[edit]

The county contains Varaždin the city, Ivanec, Ludbreg, Lepoglava, Novi Marof and Varaždinske Toplice, as well as 22 municipalities. It covers an area of 1,262 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.

Transport[edit]

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).

Economy[edit]

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.

Administrative division[edit]

Varaždin county is divided into:

See also[edit]

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 Varaždin". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. 

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Coordinates: 46°19′16″N 16°13′52″E / 46.321°N 16.231°E / 46.321; 16.231