The Dubrovnik-Neretva County (pronounced [dǔbroːʋniːk-něreːtʋa]; Croatian: Dubrovačko-neretvanska županija [dǔbroʋat͡ʃko-nerěːtʋanskaː ʒupǎnija]) is the southernmost Croatian county, located in south Dalmatia. The county seat is Dubrovnik and other large towns are Korčula, Metković, Opuzen and Ploče. The Municipality of Neum, which belongs to neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina, divides the county in two parts.
Dubrovnik-Neretva County within Croatia
|• Župan||Nikola Dobroslavić (HDZ)|
|• Total||1,781 km2 (688 sq mi)|
|• Density||69/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||HR-19|
very high · 4th
The southern part of the county consists of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area, including the Pelješac peninsula, and the islands of Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet, Šipan, Lopud and Koločep. The northern part of the county includes the Neretva Delta, the Baćina lakes north of Ploče, and a swath of hinterland near the southernmost slopes of Biokovo and around the hill of Rujnica.
Although the 9 kilometres-long stretch of coast belonging to Neum effectively makes the southern part of the county an exclave (disconnecting it from mainland Croatia) it is still connected with the rest of the country via territorial waters. Road traffic going to and from Dubrovnik through Neum is usually less subject to customs controls in order to reduce the traffic congestion. The road connecting Dubrovnik to the rest of the country via Neum has one lane per direction and bus lines passing through Neum often make rest stops there so that passengers can take advantage of lower Bosnian taxes and purchase tobacco and alcoholic beverages as they tend to be cheaper there.
The Croatian and Bosnian governments are planning to build an expressway that would connect Dubrovnik through the Neum municipality and would not require any border control. The regional government of the county is also planning to build a sea bridge at Komarna that would directly connect the southern tip of the northern part of the county to the Pelješac peninsula (the Pelješac bridge), thereby linking the southern part of the county as well.
The northern part of the Mljet island is a national park. The Lastovo archipelago is a designated nature park. The southernmost tip of the county is the demilitarized Prevlaka peninsula at the border with Montenegro.
It is the only Croatian county that borders Montenegro.
- City of Dubrovnik (county seat)
- Town of Korčula
- Town of Metković
- Town of Opuzen
- Town of Ploče
- Municipality of Blato
- Municipality of Dubrovačko Primorje
- Municipality of Janjina
- Municipality of Konavle
- Municipality of Kula Norinska
- Municipality of Lastovo
- Municipality of Lumbarda
- Municipality of Mljet
- Municipality of Orebić
- Municipality of Pojezerje
- Municipality of Slivno
- Municipality of Smokvica
- Municipality of Ston
- Municipality of Trpanj
- Municipality of Vela Luka
- Municipality of Zažablje
- Municipality of Župa Dubrovačka
|Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, Croatian Bureau of Statistics, Zagreb, 2005|
As of the 2011 census, the county had 122,568 residents. The population density is 69 people per km2.
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- "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: County of Dubrovnik-Neretva". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
- "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
- "Population by Ethnicity, by Towns/Municipalities, 2011 Census: County of Dubrovnik-Neretva". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.