Geography & National Resources
Zagreb County is located in the central part of north-west Croatia. It surrounds, but does not include the capital, the City of Zagreb, which is why it is often nicknamed „Zagreb Ring“. The total area of the Zagreb County is 3060 square kilometers, inhabited by 317 642 people. It is the sixth biggest and second most populated county in Croatia, consisting of 9 cities and 25 municipalities.
All of the main transport routes pass through the County's territory which includes roads, rails, airways, energy supply and infrastructure corridors towards west (Slovenia, Italy), east (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and north (Austria, Hungary).
Zagreb County's natural resources are rivers Kupa and Sava as well as numerous smaller rivers and streams, hills of Samoborsko gorje, Žumberak and Plešivica with picturesque forest landscapes highlighting the beauty of the „green ring“. In its territory there are two nature parks (Žumberak - Samoborsko gorje and Medvednica) and a Special ornithological reserve Crna Mlaka protected by the Ramsar Convention which is a home to over 204 bird species.
Main Economic Activities
Zagreb County is one of Croatia's five economically most successful counties according to several parameters. Based on the data published by FINA (Croatian financial agency) in May 2014, Zagreb County is the third Croatian county when it comes to total income, fourth in the number of employed people and fifth in the number of entrepreneurs.
Most people are employed in the processing industry (24% of the total number of employed people), trade (20%), construction (10%) and transport and storage (9%). In the processing industry the highest income comes from metal industry which is also where 19% of employed people work. The second largest processing industry activity is the food industry with 10% of total numbers of companies and 32% of total County’s income.
Zagreb County has great conditions for developing manufacturing and logistic activities, as well as trade, due to relatively low land prices, developed entrepreneurial infrastructure, good transport connections and the proximity of the capital city.
The County is making continuous efforts in attracting investors and raising competitiveness of its enterprises. Special attention is given to attracting quality investment through co-financing of entrepreneurial zones and improving the services of institutions supporting entrepreneurship.
Zagreb County is an established day-trip destination with visits throughout the year and independent of the season. The area is full of cultural heritage and natural resources with several protected natural areas.
Forests and hills are criss-crossed with numerous hiking and bike trails, there are over 40 picnic spots and agricultural tourism facilities, family farms and three wine roads – Plješivička, Zelinska and Samoborska. Diversity and richness of cultural heritage is a remnant of a tumultuous past of this area. Some of the examples are wooden houses of Turopolje (also known as “wooden beauties”), unique sacral buildings, several castles, citadels and churches.
There is rich cultural life with numerous manifestations organized throughout the year, almost 300 of them, which attract tourist from Croatia as well as from surrounding countries. Some of those are Samoborski fašnik (the famous carnival), Turopoljsko Jurjevo, Dani Jelačića, International Knights’ Tournament of the Knights of Zelina, Bučijada (squash festival), Dragi naš kaj, Kaj su jeli naši stari (traditional food manifestation) and many others.
Zagreb County was the home destination of the year in 2014/2015 according to Croatian travel agencies association.
Project 1: Uspostavljanje turističkog clustera u Zajedničkoj turističkoj zoni "Po Sutli i Žumberku" (Establishment of a Tourist Cluster in the Joint Tourist Zone "Po Sutli i Žumberku"; CARDS 2003; 94.486 EUR).
Zagrebačka County was a project leader. The aim of this project was sustainable economic development and strengthening of cooperation in the border area of the County of Zagreb and cross-border regions in the Republic of Slovenia.
Duration of the project: March 2005 - September 2006
Project 2: "Misli na sebe - samo rano otkriveni rak dojke uspješno se liječi" (Think of yourself; CARDS 2004; 219.337 EUR).
Zagrebačka County was a partner in the project. The project has two main objectives in prevention of breast cancer: women education programme (age 18 to 60) and new system of regular examination on yearly basis and supply with new medical equipment.
Duration of the project: June 2007 - June 2009
Project 3: "Rudarski muzej na otvorenom Rude-Senovo" (Riches of the underground world - then and now; CARDS and Interreg IIIA Neighbourhood program "Slovenija-Mađarska-Hrvatska"; 360.172 EUR).
Zagrebačka County was a partner in the project. The main goal is revival of joint tourist and cultural heritage in the cross-border region - specifically restored Rude mine and technical heritage Senovo; established and marked educational path and geological collections; educated tourist guides and joint promotion of the project.
Duration of the project: January 2007 - November 2008
Project 4: "Bogatstvo ruralnog prostora u zajedničkoj turističkoj ponudi" (The richness of rural areas in the joint tourist offer; IPA CBC Slovenija-Hrvatska; 440.230,55 EUR).
Zagrebačka County was a partner in the project. The aim of this project is sustainable economic growth of cross-border area based on defining the new tourist products, revitalisation of crafts on the basis of tourist attraction and joint marketing activities and promotion in media and tourist sector.
Duration of the project: November 2009 - March 2012
More information about the County can be found on their official web site here.