Koprivnica-Križevci County

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Koprivnica-Križevci County (Croatian: Koprivničko-križevačka županija [kǒpriːʋnit͡ʃko-krǐːʒeʋat͡ʃkaː ʒupǎnija]; Hungarian: Kapronca-Kőrös megye) is a county in northern Croatia. Its hyphenated name comes from two entities: the two of its largest cities, Koprivnica and Križevci; Koprivnica is the official capital of the county.

Koprivnica-Križevci County
Koprivničko-križevačka županija
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Flag of Koprivnica-Križevci County
Coat of arms of Koprivnica-Križevci County
Koprivnica-Križevci County within Croatia
Koprivnica-Križevci County within Croatia
County seatKoprivnica
 • ŽupanDarko Koren (MREŽA)
 • Assembly
41 members
 • Total1,748 km2 (675 sq mi)
 • Total115,584
 • Density66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Area code048
ISO 3166 codeHR-06
HDI (2019)0.820[2]
very high · 12th

The county also includes a third town, Đurđevac, but its population is much smaller than the main two (8,862 in 2001).

The Koprivnica-Križevci County borders on the Međimurje County in the north, Varaždin County in the northwest, Zagreb County in the southwest, Bjelovar-Bilogora County in the south, Virovitica-Podravina County in the southeast and Hungary in the east.


Koprivnica was first mentioned in 1272 in a document by prince Ladislaus IV of Hungary and was declared a free royal town by king Ludovic I in 1356. It has flourished as a trading place and a military fortress since that time.

The military aspect set it back when it was included in the Croatian Military Frontier in the 16th century during the wars with the Ottoman Turks. After Maria Theresa's decree of 1765, however, it resumed life as a peaceful little merchant town.

Koprivnica developed significantly in the 20th century with the advent of the Podravka food industry, and is known worldwide for its Vegeta spice.

Križevci, on the other hand, as a smaller city and second mentioned in the county name, may seem like an underdog to its neighbour Koprivnica. Its first mention was from 1193 by Béla III but it was divided into two parts which developed at different rates.

After centuries of division, empress Maria Theresa united the Lower and Upper Križevac into Križevci in 1752. The town was also hit by the wars with the Turks, but it regained importance in 1871 when the railway was built through it on the way from Budapest to Rijeka.

Modern Križevci is oriented towards entrepreneurship, while preserving its eight beautiful churches (one of which is a cathedral), built mostly in the Middle Ages.

Administrative divisionEdit

View of Kalnik

Koprivnica-Križevci county is divided into:


Population pyramid of Koprivnica-Križevci County per 2011 Census.
Historical populations of Koprivnica-Križevci County
1857 87,464—    
1869 97,581+11.6%
1880 105,529+8.1%
1890 121,772+15.4%
1900 132,581+8.9%
1910 142,546+7.5%
1921 139,054−2.4%
1931 143,268+3.0%
1948 140,565−1.9%
1953 142,362+1.3%
1961 143,019+0.5%
1971 138,994−2.8%
1981 133,790−3.7%
1991 129,397−3.3%
2001 124,467−3.8%
2011 115,584−7.1%
Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, Croatian Bureau of Statistics, Zagreb, 2005

As of the 2011 census, the county had 115,584 residents. The population density is 71 people per km².


  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. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2021-07-19.

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Coordinates: 46°10′12″N 16°54′32″E / 46.170°N 16.909°E / 46.170; 16.909