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Bjelovar-Bilogora county

About Bjelovar-Bilogora County

Bjelovar-Bilogora County is located in northwestern Croatia, making with a group of neighboring counties, the central part of Croatia.

Size of the County is 2.636,67 km2, which accounts for 4.66% of the Republic of Croatia.

Population (in 2010): 124.646

Gross domestic product of the County (year 2008):
Million HRK – 7.493
Million EUR – 1.037

Gross domestic product per capita is 8,255 €, 59,631 HRK

County is divided into 5 cities and 18 municipalities and 324 settlements. The County is surrounded by Koprivnica-Križevci County to the north, Virovitica-Podravina County in the northeast, Sisak-Moslavina County in the south and Zagreb County in the west. It covers an area of four specific geographic units: Bilogora (on the north and north-east), marginal massifs of Papuk and Ravna gora (on the east), Moslavačka gora (on the south-west) and the river valley of Česma and Ilova (west, central and south).

The Bjelovar-Bilogora County has a very favorable geographic and traffic position, since it is located on the key intersection of European and regional transportation routes. Also, the county has a good road connection to the city of Zagreb, which is the center of economic and political activities in the Republic of Croatia.

The greatest natural resources in the Bjelovar-bilogora County are available agricultural land (51,2% of total surface) and forests (36,2% of total surface). The existing natural resources are a good base for economic development of the County. Great advantages are the climate and landscape, which are preconditions for engaging into the agricultural production.

The greatest natural resources

The network of country roads is widespread enough, with above average densities compared to the average of the republic of Croatia. The telecommunication network is equally available to all residents, as a precondition for access to information and communication technologies. Less than half of the settlements in the county are covered by the gas network.

Important economic activities in the county are agriculture, wood processing and metal industry. County is located in an area of many sunny days, and with the amount of precipitation and relief features provides very favorable conditions for development of a large number of agricultural crops. Wood industry includes manufacturing and wood processing and furniture production and is one of the most important activities of Bjelovar-Bilogora County in terms of export results.

Metal-processing industry, which includes production of metal objects, manufacturing machinery and equipment has a long tradition in the county and represents a significant segment of its economy.

Quality of life in the Bjelovar-Bilogora County

In the area of the Bjelovar-bilogora County is available for purchase a large number of apartments but there are not enough small houses, only bigger ones. Prices are different according to location. They range from 550 to 1250 €/m2. (Exchange rate 1 EUR = 7,4 HRK)

Bjelovar-Bilogora is the founder of health care institutions: General Hospital Bjelovar, Special Hospital for Medical Rehabilitation "Daruvarske spa" Daruvar, and health centers in Bjelovar, Daruvar, Čazma, Garešnica and Grubišno Polje. Department of Public Health of Bjelovar-Bilogora County has its offices in Čazma, Garešnica, Daruvar and Grubišno Polje.

Bjelovar-Bilogora

Bjelovar

There are also a large number of specialist services in the cities and municipalities such as social welfare centers, homes for the elderly, center for education of children with developmental disabilities in Daruvar. Private specialized clinic services include cosmetic surgery, urology and gynecology; psychosocial counseling, help for addiction prevention and others.

In Bjelovar-Bilogora County are available various forms of recreation: swimming, horseback riding, hiking, riding bikes, flying kites, wine roads. Shopping facilities are located throughout the county, as well as hotels and restaurants.

There are many museums, galleries and theaters such as the Bjelovar Municipal Museum, Daruvar city museum, Bjelovar Theatre, Lovrak center, Ethnic garden and historical building in Veliko Trojstvo, galleries of eminent painters Anton Cetin, Aleksandar Marks and Franjo Matešin in Čazma.

Bjelovar-Bilogora County

Daruvar

Entrepreneurial zones in Bjelovar-Bilogora County

Local governments, municipalities and cities are the carriers of construction projects of enterprise zones in the area, it is planned to have 32 enterprise zones. These 32 enterprise zones are in Bjelovar, Daruvar, Grubišno Polje, Garešnica, Čazma, Štefanje and Veliko Trojstvo. 56 entrepreneurial projects are taking place in the zones and employ 500 people.

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