|• Župan||Ernest Petry (HDZ)|
|• Total||5,353 km2 (2,067 sq mi)|
|• Density||8.0/km2 (21/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||HR-09|
very high · 14th
Lika-Senj County (Croatian pronunciation: [lǐːka sɛ̂ːɲ], Croatian: Ličko-senjska županija) is a county in Croatia that includes most of the Lika region and some northern coastline of the Adriatic near the town of Senj, including the northern part of the Pag island. Its center is Gospić.
The county is the least populated (44.625 in mid-2019) and among the least prosperous ones, though it is the largest county in the country by area and includes the Plitvice Lakes National Park and Sjeverni (North) Velebit National Park, some of Croatia's major tourist attractions.
The county has a total area of 5353 km2.
Lika-Senj County is administratively subdivided into 12 units of local government:
- Town of Gospić (county seat)
- Town of Novalja
- Town of Otočac
- Town of Senj
- Municipality of Brinje
- Municipality of Donji Lapac
- Municipality of Karlobag
- Municipality of Lovinac
- Municipality of Perušić
- Municipality of Plitvička Jezera (Plitvice Lakes)
- Municipality of Udbina
- Municipality of Vrhovine
|Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, Croatian Bureau of Statistics, Zagreb, 2005|
Since the early 20th century the county's population has been shrinking. As of the 2021 census, the county had 42.893 residents. As of 2011 census, the county had 50,927 residents. The population density is 9.5/km2.
Croatian State Bureau of Statistics estimated population of the county to stand at 45,493 in 2017, 45,184 in 2018, and 44,625 in 2019.
Ethnic Croats form the majority with 84.15% of the population, followed by Serbs at 13.65%. Serbs form majority in municipalities of Vrhovine, Donji Lapac, and Udbina.
In 1991, before the outbreak of the Croatian War of Independence and the Breakup of Yugoslavia, Croats comprised 59.7% of the population, while Serbs comprised 37%. The area of the county used to have a significant Serb population, mostly located in the eastern part of the county, where they formed a majority. The entire former Lika-Krbava County, loosely overlapping with the area of the modern Lika-Senj county, in censuses of 1900 and 1910 even registered Serb majority (51.2% and 50.8%, respectively).
The current Prefect of Lika-Senj County is Ernest Petry (HDZ).
The county assembly is composed of 27 representatives from the following political parties:
|Political party||Seats won||Government|
9 / 27
|Croatian Democratic Union||
6 / 27
|Croatian Party of Rights||
5 / 27
|Croatian Peasant Party||
2 / 27
|Croatian Party of Pensioners||
1 / 27
|Independent Democratic Serb Party||
1 / 27
|Croatian Bunjevac Party||
1 / 27
1 / 27
|Social Democratic Party of Croatia||
1 / 27
- Lika-Krbava County of the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia
- Morlachia, an historical region in Europe largely located in the modern Lika-Senj County
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- Official website (in Croatian)