Administrative divisions of Croatia

The territorial organization of Croatia is the vertical administrative structure of the Republic of Croatia.


Below the national level, there are 20 regional self-government units ( Croatian županija, plural Zupanije, German, county 'or' county ') and the capital Zagreb, which has the status of a county itself. These units correspond to the EU territorial classification NUTS third-level ( NUTS 3).

The 21 units (including the City of Zagreb ) are summarized in the following two Regija ( statistical regions, NUTS 2 level ):

  • HR03: Jadranska Hrvatska ( Croatia Adriatic )
  • HR04: Kontinentalna Hrvatska ( Croatia Continental )

These regions have no area corporative character.

The second administrative level is formed from the 546 Gradovi i Opčine ( cities and municipalities), the LAU -2 match ( LAU -1 is not used).

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Zupanije ( counties )

Summary table of Croatian Zupanije

The counties are called partly to the capital, partly for landscape terms


Each county has an elected, Gespanschaftsversammlung ' (Croatian Županijska Skupština ). At the top of, Gespanschaftsregierung ' (Croatian Županijsko poglavarstvo ) is the, Prefect ' (Croatian Župan ), who is elected by the Gespanschaftsversammlung and confirmed by the President.

The counties are divided in turn into 122 cities ( Croatian degree, plural gradovi ) and 423 municipalities ( Croatian Općina, plural Opčine ) ( figures: as of 31 March 2001).

Area of ​​influence

The counties are responsible for all regional areas that are not covered by the Constitution or other laws in the effective range of higher-level government institutions.

The counties may determine in its sphere of influence over the following areas:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Community planning
  • Economic Development
  • Transport and Infrastructure
  • Care and maintenance of public roads
  • Planning and development of education, health, social and cultural institutions
  • Issuance of building permits and Lokacijska dozvola ( other permits associated with construction work ) and the execution of area plans for the area of the county outside of major cities
  • Other work depending on specific legislation


Today's counties were formed in 1992 on the basis of the provisions of the Constitution of 1990. The new counties and the new towns and communities formed within the same took the place of the pre-existing 102 (large) communities. The boundaries of the counties have since been amended only in a few cases. In the course of the accession negotiations with the EU since 2006, the statistics agency Eurostat has carried out a classification based on the NUTS methodology and first defines four regions at NUTS 2 regions. Since April 2007 it is established that Croatia is divided for the EU authorities in three statistical regions, since, according to the latest control each statistical area must have a population of at least 800,000 inhabitants.