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Zadar county ( ) is a county in Croatiamarker, it encompasses northern Dalmatia and southeastern Likamarker. Its center is the city of Zadarmarker.


According to the 2001 census, Zadar County has population of 162,045. Croats make up majority with 93.30% of the population, while Serbs, Bosniaks, Albanians and Italians make up the rest.


Among the largest towns in the county of Zadar are: Zadarmarker, Benkovacmarker, Bibinjemarker, Biogradmarker, Ninmarker, Obrovacmarker and Pagmarker.

The county of Zadar includes the islands of Dugi otokmarker, Ugljanmarker, Pašmanmarker and most of Pagmarker, as well as a number of other, smaller islands. It also features the Paklenicamarker national park.

The county's area is 7,854 km², 3,642 km² is land, which accounts for 6.4 % of the territory of Croatia. The sea area of the County is 3,632 km² (around 12% of the territorial waters) and the insular area is 580 km², with more than 300 smaller and larger islands (Zadar archipelago). The length of its coastline (including the islands) is 1,300 km.

The county's population is 200,936 (accounting for 4.5 % of the total Croatia’s population), of which 129,000 people live in the coastal area, 21,000 on islands and 50,000 in the County’s inland.


The County of Zadar plays a leading role in road and railway traffic links between northern and southern Croatia.

The main road along the Adriatic passes through the county, as does the new Zagreb-Dubrovnik highway, completed as far as Split in 2005. The Zagreb-Kninmarker-Split railway line with branch-lines to Zadar and Šibenikmarker pass through the County.

Maritime traffic is carried by the coastal route of the Adriatic Sea, by the Zadar-Anconamarker international car ferry route which is the shortest link between Central Europe and Italy, via Zagreb and Zadar to Romemarker and southward. Another route by which intensive traffic is carried is Zadar - Maslenica Bridge - St. Rok Tunnel - Zagreb.

The Zadar Airport has recently been reconstructed and modernised. With runway improvements still to be undertaken it will eventually have the capacity to handle jumbo-jets.

There is also a very frequent maritime passenger port in the town of Zadar and the cargo maritime port in the Gazenica area whose current manipulative capacity amounts to one million tonnes per year. A construction of a wharf would raise this significantly. The port’s manipulative and warehouse capacities are used only in part.


The Ravni Kotari area constitutes the greater part of the County's inland, containing most of the cultivated farmland and towns having industry, crafts, trade and traffic development potential.

Tourism is one of the County’s most important industries, owing to its geographical position, mild climate, indented coast, clear sea, numerous bays, inlets and beaches on 1,300 km of the sea coast and islands. Tourist amenities of the Zadar County are also the areas of outstanding natural beauty: the Velebitmarker, Telaščica and Paklenicamarker and adjacent Krkamarker and Kornatimarker national parks in the south and the Plitvicemarker national park in the north.

Administrative division

Zadar county is divided into:

County government

See organization of Croatian counties.

, the župan is Ivo Grbić, of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), and the county assembly's 41 representatives are affiliated as follows:


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