Bjelovar – Bilogora County Download as PDF

Bjelovar-Bilogora County is located in the eastern part of the group of counties in the central area of Croatia. It borders with Koprivnica-Križevac, Virovitica-Podravina, Sisak-Moslavina and Zagreb county. It encompasses the area of four characteristic geographical units: Bilogora, the marginal massifs of Papuk and Ravna Gora, Moslavačka Gora and the valley of Česma and Ilova rivers.

The area of the county is 2,640 km2. The center of the county is the city of Bjelovar, the political, cultural and economic center of the county, and it is home to numerous institutions that, through their activities, give the city appropriate importance. Also, the city of Bjelovar is only 80 km away from the city of Zagreb. In Bjelovar, there is a University with professional studies in mechatronics and computing, which is important for further economic development, especially in the metalworking and IT industries, but also professional studies in nursing which offers the acquisition of higher education in the field of nursing.

The towns of Daruvar, Čazma, Garešnica and Grubišno Polje, with their peculiarities and specificities in economic and social life, give a complete picture of the area of Bjelovar-Bilogora County. The county also includes 18 municipalities where significant efforts are being made to revive and strengthen the economic potential and enrich social life.
In the county, there are relatively rich deposits of gas and oil, high-quality building stone on the slopes of Papuk, quartz sand and ceramic clay on the slopes of Moslavačka Gora, brick clay in the wider area of the county and geothermal water in the area of Daruvar and Bjelovar. Forests of various types occupy 97,013.03 ha or 36.79% of the area of Bjelovar-Bilogora County, which qualifies it as medium forested. The county has well-distributed entrepreneurial zones with numerous incentives for entrepreneurs. Out of a total of 25 entrepreneurial zones, most of them are located in Bjelovar and Daruvar.

The economy of the county is based on agriculture and processing industry. Due to its favorable geographical position and climatic conditions with characteristics of a moderate continental climate, the county has extremely favorable conditions for the development of a large number of agricultural crops. Agricultural soils of different characteristics occupy a total of 139,991.68 ha or 53.10% of the County’s surface.

It is important to mention the production of food products and their distinctive assortment and product quality. In Bjelovar-Bilogora County, there is also a centuries-old tradition of growing freshwater fish.

The wood industry is one of the strategic branches of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County economy. It has developed on a rich and diverse fund of quality forests with significant capacities in the production of sawn timber and panels, production of plywood, veneer, chipboard, massive and panel furniture, parquet, wooden accessories and other products. Wood industry entrepreneurs of Bjelovar-Bilogora County market 40-100 percent of their production program to foreign markets such as England, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, France, Austria, Slovenia, etc.
The metalworking industry has significant production capacities and occupies an important place in the overall economy of the county, and most of it is located and operates in the area of the towns of Bjelovar and Daruvar.

In Daruvar, Daruvar spa operates – a special hospital for medical rehabilitation, a special form of health tourism based on thermal water sources.

[Source: Public Institution Development Agency of Bjelovar-Bilogora county, July 2022]

Main Indicators

GDP EUR 938.436.000
Population 101.879
Men 49.644
Women 52.235
Age 0-14 14.653
Age 15+ 87.226
GDP Per Capita EUR 8.948,00
Area Size km² 2.640
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics: GDP (2020), Population (2021), Area size (2021)

Gross Value Added by ActivitiesEUR

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2020

Infrastructure

Motorways km 0
Broadband Connections number and density 20.653 / 55%
Number of issued building permits 274
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics: Motorways (2021), Building permits (2022), Croatian Regulatory Agency for Network Industries: Broadband Connections (2022)

Investments

  Amount
Foreign Direct Investments million EUR 119
Source: Croatian National Bank, 1993 - 2022

Foreign Direct Investment by Activitymil. EUR

Activity Amount
Manufacture of other non - metallic mineral products 41,40
Processing of wood and products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials 35,00
Wholesale trade, except trade in motor vehicles and motorcycles 17,60
Manufacture of finished metal products, except machinery and equipment 13,50
Manufacture of food products 7,80
Other 3,60
Source: Croatian National Bank, 1993 - 2022

Foreign Direct Investment by Countrymil. EUR

Country Amount
Austria 37,90
Cyprus 35,50
Slovenia 24,40
Sweden 13,10
Bosnia & Herzegovina 10,30
Other -2,40
Source: Croatian National Bank, 1993 - 2022

Gross Investment in new Fixed Assets, by Location of Investment Constructions and Types of Assets

Asset type Amount (EUR, 000)
Buildings, spaces and structures 85.177
Machinery and equipment with fittings 41.171
Transport equipment 19.949
Cultivated biological resources 6.672
Intellectual property products 4.335
Total 158.892
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Biggest Investors

Company Activity Website
Kronospan CRO d.o.o. MANUFACTURING http://www.kronospan.hr
DARKOM VODOOPSKRBA I ODVODNJA d.o.o. WATER SUPPLY; WASTEWATER REMOVAL, MR. WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION http://www.darkom-daruvar.hr
DARKOM d.o.o. WATER SUPPLY; WASTEWATER REMOVAL, MR. WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION http://www.darkom-daruvar.hr
VODNE USLUGE d.o.o. WATER SUPPLY; WASTEWATER REMOVAL, MR. WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION http://www.vodneusluge-bj.hr
ČAZMATRANS PROMET d.o.o. TRANSPORT AND STORAGE http://www.cazmatrans.hr
STOČARSTVO RAIČ, obrt za uzgoj goveda AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES
CUP UP d.o.o. MANUFACTURING http://www.nord.cupup.hr
ESCO - FOFONJKA d.o.o. MANUFACTURING http://www.esco.hr
POLJOPRIVREDNI OBRT DAMIR LUKINOVIĆ AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES
MOZAIK d.o.o. MANUFACTURING
Source: Financial Agency, data for 2022

Maximum Investment Incentives' Intensity according to the Investment Promotion Act

Large enterprises Medium enterprises Small and micro-enterprises
50% 60% 70%
Source: 2022-2027 Regional Aid Map for Croatia

International Trade

Export by Activity000 EUR

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Import by Activity000 EUR

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Export by Country000 EUR

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Import by Country000 EUR

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Education

Eduction level Number of pupils
Kindergartens and Other Legal Entities Implementing Preschool Education Programmes 3.115
Basic Schools, Beginning of School Year 7.978
Upper Secondary Schools, Beginning of School Year 4.259
Students Enrolled on Professional and University Study, According to Place of Permanent Residence 2.092
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022/2023

Number of High School Studends Who Have Completed Their Education

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2020/2021

Number of Students and Institutions by Educational Sectors

Educational Sector Number of Institutions Number of Students
Economics, trade and business administration 4 701
Tourism and catering 5 608
Electrical engineering and computing 4 554
Mechanical engineering, shipbuilding and metallurgy 6 527
Health and social work 1 380
Transport and logistics 2 295
Construction and geodesy 2 115
Agriculture, food and veterinary 3 114
Graphic technology and audio-visual design 1 63
Personal, security and other services 2 52
Forestry, wood processing and wood processing 2 18
Source: Ministry of Science and Education, data for 2022/2023

Students Who Graduated From University Study or Completed Professional Studys

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2021

Institutions of Higher Education and Graduated Students

Name Students who graduated from or completed university or professional study
Bjelovar University of Applied Sciences 151
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2021

Business Indicators of Enterprises

Activity Number of Business Entities Number of Persons Employed Average Monthly Gross Earnings per Person in Paid Employment
(EUR)
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 278 1.552 1.165
Mining and quarrying 10 110 1.320
Manufacturing 693 6.150 1.020
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 56 507 1.223
Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 33 431 1.007
Construction 598 1.450 999
Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 932 2.841 1.032
Transportation and storage 171 927 1.013
Accommodation and food service activities 472 687 910
Information and communication 134 320 1.717
Financial and insurance activities 16 790 1.600
Real estate activities 34 46 1.010
Professional, scientific and technical activities 424 623 1.225
Administrative and support service activities 114 466 908
Public administration and defence, compulsory social security 87 2.365 1.450
Education 94 2.920 1.360
Human health and social work activities 173 2.346 1.501
Arts, entertainment and recreation 483 227 1.022
Other service activities 1.286 346 967
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Unemployed

  Rate
Unemployment Rate 10,20%
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Unemployed by Activity

Activity Number
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 195
Mining and quarrying 3
Manufacturing 498
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 3
Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 27
Construction 236
Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 270
Transportation and storage 55
Accommodation and food service activities 300
Information and communication 26
Financial and insurance activities 25
Real estate activities 8
Professional, scientific and technical activities 66
Administrative and support service activities 126
Public administration and defence, compulsory social security 346
Education 108
Human health and social work activities 165
Arts, entertainment and recreation 19
Other service activities 128
Not classified 666
Total 3.270
Source: Croatian Employment Service, data for 2023

Registered unemployed by occupation

Source: Croatian Employment Service, data for 2023

Support Institutions Contacts

Name Contact Website
Public Institution Development Agency of Bjelovar-Bilogora county info@jurabbz.hr https://jurabbz.hr/