Sisak-Moslavina County within Croatia
|• "Župan||Ivo Žinić ("HDZ)|
|• Total||4,468 km2 (1,725 sq mi)|
|• Density||39/km2 (100/sq mi)|
|"ISO 3166 code||HR-03|
Sisak-Moslavina County ("Croatian: Sisačko-moslavačka županija) is a "Croatian "county in eastern "Central Croatia and southwestern "Slavonia. It is named after the city of "Sisak and the region "Moslavina just across the river "Sava. According to 2011 census it is inhabited by 172,000 people.
This county features the "ancient Roman city of "Siscia—today's "Sisak. Siscia was the largest city of the whole region back then, a "Pannonian capital, probably due to its position on the confluence of the "Kupa and Sava rivers. The city's "patron saint is its first "Christian bishop, "St. Kvirin, who was tortured and almost killed during "Diocletian's persecution of Christians. Legend has it that they tied him to a millstone and threw him into a river, but he freed himself from the weight, escaped and continued to preach his faith.
The town may have lost importance with the fall of one empire, but it recovered it soon enough with the rise of another: Sisak became famous for crucial battles between European armies and the "Ottoman Turks. In particular, the battle of 1593 when the Ottoman army first suffered a large defeat. The ban "Toma Bakač Erdedi who led the defense in this battle became famous throughout Europe.
Today, Sisak features the largest Croatian metallurgic factory (supported by the "University of Zagreb's Faculty of "Metallurgy also in the city) and the largest "oil refinery. These are coupled with the "petrochemical facilities in the nearby town of "Kutina, the first recorded mention of which was in 1256 by king "Béla IV. "Moslavina is probably the most picturesque part of this county, with the natural park "Lonjsko polje near the rivers "Lonja, "Ilova and "Pakra.
This county also extends far to the south to the border with "Bosnia, and in this southern part of the county one can find a small town of "Topusko, which has another one of those "spas typical for Central Croatia, although this one stands out with seniority: it dates back to the "neolithic age.
Sisak-Moslavina County borders on the "Karlovac County in the west, "Zagreb County in the north, "Bjelovar-Bilogora County and "Požega-Slavonia County in the northeast, and finally "Brod-Posavina County in the east.
Sisak-Moslavina county is subdivided as follows:
|Historical populations of Sisak-Moslavina County|
|Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, "Croatian Bureau of Statistics, Zagreb, 2005|
As of the 2011 census, the county had 172,439 residents. The "population density is 39 people per km2.
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