Counties of Croatia

Counties of Croatia
Hrvatske županije ( Croatian)
Vukovar-Srijem County Osijek-Baranja County Brod-Posavina County Požega-Slavonia County Virovitica-Podravina County Bjelovar-Bilogora County Koprivnica-Križevci County Međimurje County Varaždin County Krapina-Zagorje County Zagreb County City of Zagreb Sisak-Moslavina County Karlovac County Istria County Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Lika-Senj County Zadar County Šibenik-Knin County Split-Dalmatia County Dubrovnik-Neretva CountyMap of present-day counties of Croatia
Counties of Croatia:   Bjelovar-Bilogora   Brod-Posavina   Dubrovnik-Neretva   Istria   Karlovac   Koprivnica-Križevci   Krapina-Zagorje   Lika-Senj   Međimurje   Osijek-Baranja   Požega-Slavonia   Primorje-Gorski Kotar   Šibenik-Knin   Sisak-Moslavina   Split-Dalmatia   Varaždin   Virovitica-Podravina   Vukovar-Srijem   Zadar   City of Zagreb   Zagreb County
Category Unitary state
Location Republic of Croatia
Number 20 Counties + Zagreb City
Populations 50,927 ( Lika-Senj) – 790,017 ( Zagreb)
Areas 640 km2 (247 sq mi) ( Zagreb) – 5,350 km2 (2,067 sq mi) ( Lika-Senj)
Government County government, National government
Subdivisions Municipality and City
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The counties of Croatia ( Croatian: županije) are the primary administrative subdivisions of the Republic of Croatia. [1] Since they were re-established in 1992, Croatia has been divided into 20 counties and the capital city of Zagreb, which has the authority and legal status of both a county and a city (separate from the surrounding Zagreb County). [2] [3] As of 2015, the counties are subdivided into 128 cities and 428 (mostly rural) municipalities. [4] [5]


County assembly ( Croatian: županijska skupština) is a representative and deliberative body in each county. Assembly members are elected for a four-year term by popular vote ( proportional system with closed lists and d'Hondt method) in local elections. [6]

The executive branch of each county's government is headed by a county prefect ( county president) ( Croatian: župan), except that a mayor heads the city of Zagreb's executive branch. Croatia's county prefects (with two deputy prefects), mayor of Zagreb (with two deputy mayors) [a] are elected for a four-year term by a majority of votes cast within applicable local government units, with a runoff election if no candidate achieves a majority in the first round of voting ( majoritarian vote, two-round system). [6] County prefects (with deputy prefects and mayor of Zagreb with his/her deputies) can be recalled by a referendum. County administrative bodies are administrative departments and services which are established for the performance of works in the self-governing domain of the county, as well as for the performance of works of state administration transferred to the county. Administrative departments and services are managed by heads (principals) nominated by the county prefect on the basis of a public competition. [7]

In each county exists a State Administration Office ( Croatian: Ured državne uprave) which performs the tasks of the central government (under Ministry of Public Administration). Head of State Administration Office (predstojnik Ureda državne uprave), who is a university graduate in law, is appointed by the Croatian Government (in the City of Zagreb the mayor is responsible for the state administration).These offices ("administrations") are not subordinate to the county assembly or county prefect, but rather the direct presence of the state (similar to governorates or prefectures in certain countries).

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