(1871. – 1872.)
ABOUT THE COUNTY
The Varaždin Generalate of the Military Border was established on August1, 1871, when the personal envoy of Emperor and King Francis Joseph I, the Austrian General Rossenzweig, handed over the previous military administration of the city of Bjelovar to the Krajina colonel Ivan Trnski.
With this act, this area became an integral part of civic Croatia. At the same time, a new Croatian county, Bjelovar County, came to life. In December of the same year, in the elections for the county assembly, Ivan Trnski was appointed the first Grand Prefect of the newly founded county, a position he would hold until his departure to Zagreb in 1872.
During the parish of its second parish priest, Ljudevita pl. Reisner, the county got its first coat of arms in 1872, whose shield is divided into three fields: in the upper left, on a blue background, is a depiction of St. George slaying the dragon, and in the upper right field, on a red background, a golden cross with all four arms of the same length. The red and white checkerboard of the Croatian coat of arms is located in the lower field of the coat of arms. The conceptual solution and drawing of the coat of arms, as well as its image on the flag, was made by academic painter Josip Hohnjec. The county coat of arms is protectively covered by Iustitia clementia, blindfolded, holding a sword in her right hand and a scroll in her left hand, probably a document with the 'superior decision' of Francis Joseph I on the foundation of the county.
In 1886, on the basis of the Act on the Organization of the Administration and Organization of Counties, the counties of Bjelovar and Križevačka were merged into one - Bjelovar-Križevačka. In 1922, there was a break in the Croatian tradition regarding the counties. Counties were abolished by the law of June 26, and the country was divided into 33 regions. The Bjelovar-Križevac county mostly belongs to the Osijek region.
Since 1993, the Bjelovar-Bilogora County has been among the twelve counties in Croatia and the City of Zagreb.
Coat of arms and flag
June 8 - the date of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County Day is historic,
because on that day in 1871, the Varaždin Military Border was abolished
by imperial rescript.
The area that today is mostly covered by the Bjelovar-Bilogora County was annexed to the civil Croatia. Then it was declared Bjelovar County. By the decision of the county councilors, that date was established as the day of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County
Bjelovar-Bilogor county is located in the eastern part of the group of counties in the central area of Croatia.
It borders Koprivnica-Križevačko in the north, Virovitica-Podravnica in the northeast, Sisak-Moslavina in the south and Zagreb County in the west. It encompasses the area of four characteristic geographical units: Bilogora (north and northeast), the marginal massifs of Papuk and Ravna Gora (east), Moslavačka Gora (southwest), and the valley of the Česma and Ilova rivers (west, central and south).
The Bjelovar-Bilogora County covers an area of 2,652 km2, which is 3.03% of the total area of Croatia. 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 active activities, give the city appropriate importance. There are also the towns of Daruvar, Čazma, Garešnica and Grubišno Polje, which 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.
Prefects throughout history
The first prefect of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County was Ivan vitez Trnski (1871 - 1872).
Marko Marušić has held the post of prefect since 2021.
(1878. – 1884.)
(1884. – 1889.)
(1910. – 1914.)
(1914. – 1915.)
(1915. – 1916.)
(1993. – 1994.)
(1994. – 1997.)
(1997. – 2000.)
(2000. – 2008. i 2013.-2021.)
(2008. – 2013.)
According to the 2021 census, 102,295 people live in Bjelovar-Bilogora County.
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In order to give public recognition for exceptional achievements and contributions of particular importance to the development and reputation of the County, and to encourage activities aimed at this, the County awards public awards, and the following are awarded:
CHARTER OF BJELOVAR-BILOGORA COUNTY
(for exceptional success in all areas of economic and social life),
TIHOMIR TRNSK PLAQUE
(for exceptional results in education, culture, sports and other areas of cultural life),
MEDAL OF BJELOVAR-BILOGORA COUNTY
(for an exceptional contribution to democratic direction and promotion of reputation).
DECISION on the awarding of public recognitions of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County for the year 2018
DECISION on the awarding of public recognitions of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County for the year 2017
DECISION on the awarding of public recognitions of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County for the year 2016
DECISION on the awarding of public recognitions of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County for the year 2015
DECISION on the awarding of public recognitions of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County for the year 2014
DECISION on the awarding of public recognitions of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County for the year 2012
DECISION on the awarding of public recognitions of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County for the year 2011
DECISION on the awarding of public recognitions of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County for the year 2010
DECISION on the awarding of public recognitions of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County for the year 2009
DECISION on the awarding of public awards of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County for 2008. year