The location and characteristics of the Varaždin County
Varaždin County is situated almost in the heart of densly inhabited and naturaly wealthy Middle Europe. In a contact with Pannonia and at the very edges of the Alps, it breathes in the centuries-old atmosphere of the Austrian-Hungarian rich historical and cultural inheritance of the Croatian nation. This distinctive area of north-western part Croatia exudes with baroque glare, music, art and preserved natural wealths, perferctly for rest and recreation for every well-meaning traveler. In short, it is a piece of the old Continent that cannot stay unnoticed. Economic developed central European area which stretches to the Adriatic coast, indicating the importance and growth opportunities of full utilization of economic and geographic position of Varaždin County.
The very position of the Varaždin County, in the Croatian region, emphasizes its importance and advantage in the wider European area through the transport links between Western and Central Europe, southeastern Europe and the Middle East, and through the line towards the Middle Danube, the Adriatic, Mediterranean and exit to the world sea. Varaždin county is situated in a very convenient location with geographical advantages, that came to the full expression with finishing of Highway Goričan - Varaždin - Zagreb. Surrounding Varaždin is worthy frame of the Baroque city. Preserved green landscape, the river Drava and the lake are ideal for hunting, fishing and recreation. Hunting areas around Varazdin are known and a favorite among hunters across Europe. Interesting the neighborhood of the city are a real challenge, from Ludbreg sanctuary, Varaždin Spa thermal waters to the old castle Trakošćan. All this allows the development of health, recreation and sports tourism.
The Varaždin County has 6 towns: Varaždin, Ivanec, Lepoglava, Ludbreg, Novi Marof and Varaždinske Toplice, and Varaždin is the largest.
Surface area: 1.261,29 km2 (2.23% of the total surface area of the Republic of Croatia)
Population: 176.046 (4.10% of the total population of the Republic of Croatia)
Population density: 139,59 inhabitants/km2
Number of settlements: 301
- Towns: 6
- Municipalities: 22
Total number of employed (june 2011): 62.125
Total number of unemployed (june 2011) : 9.530
Administrative unemployment rate (june 2011); 13,3% (Croatia’s unemployment rate – 15,9%)
In the structure of the economy the most important part is industry. The dominant manufacturing industries have a long tradition. The production of milk, dairy products and drinks, meat industry, leather shoes manufacturing, male and female clothes, fabrics and other textile products are especially developed.
Manufacturing is traditionally oriented towards export, where is achieved over 50% of total revenues. A significant part of exports, about 70%, are achieved within the European Union.
Further development of industry is based on innovation and new products, high quality of products, expanding on state regions, development of brands, foreign investments, technological transfer and environmental protection.
Results of the analysis for regional competitiveness for a year 2010. that is conducted by a National Competitiveness Council and UN Program for development have shown that Varaždin county, since the first report in 2007. , based on a regional index of competitiveness of the total, has progressed from the fourth place to the first. Based on that, Varaždin county is better even than Zagreb so today it is the most competitive county and a leader in Croatia.
The vision of Varaždin county is to became competitive environment that provide to its citizens high quality of life and work troughout investment in economy and education as driving force for development.