Virovitica (pronounced [ʋirɔʋǐtit͡sa]) is a Croatian city near the Hungarian border. It is situated near the Drava river and belongs to the historic region of Slavonia. Virovitica has a population of 14,688, with 21,291 people in the municipality (census 2011). It is also the capital of Virovitica-Podravina County.
City of Virovitica
|• Mayor||Ivica Kirin (HDZ)|
|• City||178.49 km2 (68.92 sq mi)|
|Elevation||122 m (400 ft)|
|• Density||120/km2 (310/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code||+385 (0) 33|
Virovitica has also historically been known by the names Wirowititz/Virovititz and Wirowitiza (German), Viroviticza, Verewitiza, Verowitiza, Verowtiza, Verőce (Hungarian) and Varaviza (Italian), Viroviticza or Verucia Latin).
The town is first mentioned in 1234. It was part of Ottoman Empire between 1552 and 1684 and was kaza centre initially in Sanjak of Pojega (1552-1601), later in Sanjak of Rahoviçe in Kanije Eyalet (1601-1684) until the Austro-Hungarian conquest.
The following settlements comprise the administrative area of the city of Virovitica:
Đorđe Balašević wrote a song titled Virovitica, praising his time spent in the city.
- Željka Antunović (born 1955), politician
- Ivan Dečak (born 1979), singer
- Damir Doma, fashion designer
- Miroslav Feldman (1899–1976), poet and writer
- Andrija Hebrang (1899–1949?), politician
- Tomislav Maretić (1854–1938), linguist
- Ksenija Marinković (born 1966), actress
- Zrinko Ogresta (born 1958), film director
- Renata Pokupić (born 1972), opera singer
- Petar Preradović (1818–1872), poet and general
- Vlado Singer (1908–1943), politician
Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit
Virovitica is twinned with:
- "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Virovitica". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.