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Zabok is a town and municipality situated in northwest Croatia in the Krapina-Zagorje County. It has a total population of 8,994 (census 2011). Zabok is situated on the main crossroads in the heart of Hrvatsko zagorje region. Zabok is the economical centre of the Krapina-Zagorje County.

Zabok town center
Zabok town center
Zabok is located in Krapina-Zagorje County
Location of Zabok in Krapina-Zagorje County
Zabok is located in Croatia
Zabok (Croatia)
Coordinates: 46°02′N 15°55′E / 46.033°N 15.917°E / 46.033; 15.917
Country Croatia
CountyFlag of Krapina-Zagorje-County.svg Krapina-Zagorje
 • MayorIvan Hanžek
186 m (610 ft)
 • Total8,994 (municipality)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)


Zabok railway station

Zabok is located at 46°1′46″N 15°54′54″E / 46.02944°N 15.91500°E / 46.02944; 15.91500, at an altitude of 186 m above sea level. The following settlements comprise the city:[1]

In the 2011 census, 98% of the population were Croats.[2]

The biggest park area in Zabok is Milan Prpić's park. There are also other smaller parks in the centre of Zabok, along with a number of playgrounds which were built as part of the town's housing projects. Town's cemetery with a finely kept garden is located in the northeastern part of the town centre.


The town's major Ivan Hanžek (Social Democratic Party of Croatia) was elected a member of the Croatian Parliament in the 2007 parliamentary election.[3]

Etymology and earliest referencesEdit

"Zabok" means "behind the river curve" (the river in question is the Krapinica). The name Zabok first appeared in 1335 in a text in which ownership of Zabok was given to Petar, son of Nuzlin, by the King of Hungary, Karlo I. The Nuzlin family added the prefix de Zabok to their name and, by the 15th century, had started naming themselves "Zaboky de Zabok".


In 1782, Sigismund Vojković-Vojkffy started the construction of a church in Zabok, completing it in 1805. With the abolition of the feudalism, former serfs were offered a possibility of choosing their own place of settlement, and the majority settled along the roads connecting Gredice and Bračak with the new centre developing around the church, to form the new city centre. The town reached its final shape in the period after World War II, when it spread longitudinally along the northern side of the railway track.


Zabok is home to monuments to Antun Gustav Matoš and Katarina Zrinska.[4][5] The soprano Vlatka Oršanić was born in Zabok and received her early music education at the music school there.


  1. ^ a b "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Zabok". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  2. ^ "Population by Ethnicity, by Towns/Municipalities, 2011 Census: County of Krapina-Zagorje". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  3. ^ "Gradonačelnik". (in Croatian). Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  4. ^ Memorial to Antun Gustav Matoš unveiled in Zabok
  5. ^ Otkriven spomenik Katarini Zrinski Frankopan

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