Gornja Rijeka, Croatia

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Gornja Rijeka, Croatia is located in Croatia
Gornja Rijeka, Croatia
Location of Gornja Rijeka in Croatia

Gornja Rijeka is a municipality in the Koprivnica-Križevci County in Croatia.

According to the 2011 census, there are 1,779 inhabitants in the area, with Croats forming an absolute majority.


In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Gornja Rijeka was part of the Bjelovar-Križevci County of the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia.

Women and children in the Gornja Rijeka concentration camp

During World War II, when Gornja Rijeka was part of the Independent State of Croatia, it was the site of a concentration camp. An unknown number of women, some of them with children, were interned there between November 1941 and April 1942; the camp's population was estimated as between 200 and 400 at any given time. From June 1942, the camp housed approximately 400 orphans left behind from the Kozara Offensive. After an outbreak of typhoid fever that caused more than 100 deaths among the children, the camp was shut down in August 1942.[1]


According to 2011 Croatian census, 1,779 people live in 14 census-registered settlements:[2]

Notable people[edit]

  • Sidonija Rubido (1819–1884), opera singer. She helped establish the first elementary school in Gornja Rijeka.


  1. ^ Lengel-Krizman, Narcisa (1976). "Sabirni logori i dječja sabirališta na području sjeverozapadne Hrvatske 1941-1942.". Sjevernozapadna Hrvatska u NOB-u i socijalističkoj revoluciji (in Croatian). pp. 884–898. 
  2. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Gornja Rijeka". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. 

Coordinates: 46°07′N 16°24′E / 46.117°N 16.400°E / 46.117; 16.400