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Varaždin County

Varaždin County
Varaždinska županija
Flag of Varaždin County
Coat of arms of Varaždin County
Varaždin County within Croatia
Varaždin County within Croatia
County seatVaraždin
 • ŽupanAnđelko Stričak (HDZ)
 • Assembly
41 members
 • Total1,262 km2 (487 sq mi)
 • Total175,951
 • Density140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Area code042
ISO 3166 codeHR-05
HDI (2019)0.834[3]
very high · 6th

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


The county contains the city of Varaždin, the towns of: 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.


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 (east-west) direction, a magistral road passes along the Drava river, spanning from Maribor (Slovenia) to Osijek. Railways (not yet modernised) passing through the county lead to Zagreb in the south, Čakovec and Budapest (Hungary) in the north and Koprivnica in the east.


The economy of Varaždin County is focused on the manufacturing industry, particularly on the 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.

Administrative division

Varaždin county is divided into:


Population pyramid of Varaždin County per 2011 Census.
Historical populations of Varaždin County
1857 87,960—    
1869 99,194+12.8%
1880 105,612+6.5%
1890 120,397+14.0%
1900 131,849+9.5%
1910 144,720+9.8%
1921 147,524+1.9%
1931 159,767+8.3%
1948 174,682+9.3%
1953 177,352+1.5%
1961 179,905+1.4%
1971 184,380+2.5%
1981 187,495+1.7%
1991 187,853+0.2%
2001 184,769−1.6%
2011 175,951−4.8%
2021 160,264−8.9%
Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, Croatian Bureau of Statistics, Zagreb, 2005

According to the 2011 census, Varaždin County has a population of 175,951.[2] Ethnic Croats make up a majority with 97.9% of the population.[4]

Varaždin County: Population trends 1857–2021


Honorary citizens

See also


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  1. ^ Ostroški, Ljiljana, ed. (December 2015). Statistički ljetopis Republike Hrvatske 2015 [Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Croatia 2015] (PDF). Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Croatia (in Croatian and English). Vol. 47. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. p. 62. ISSN 1333-3305. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "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.
  3. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  4. ^ "Population by Ethnicity, by Towns/Municipalities, 2011 Census: County of Varaždin". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  5. ^ "Zlatko Dalić počasni građanin Varaždinske županije, vijećnici i župan uputili mu podršku uoči polufinala". (in Croatian). Varaždin County. 11 July 2018. Archived from the original on 14 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2023.

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