Hrvatsko zagorje (pronounced [xř̩ʋaːtskɔː zǎːɡɔːrjɛ])
is a region north of Zagreb, Croatia. It comprises the whole area
north of Mount
Medvednica up to
Slovenia in the north and west, and up
to the regions of
Podravina in the north and east. The
population of Zagorje is not recorded as such, as it is
administratively divided among
Krapina-Zagorje County (total
population 142,432), western and central part of Varaždin County
(total population 183,730) and northwestern part of
(total population 309,696). The population of Zagorje can be
reasonably estimated to exceed 300,000 people.
Croatian people usually refer to this region as "Zagorje", a word
which literally means "trans-mountain area", "beyond the mountain"
(with respect to Medvednica). However, to avoid confusion with the
Municipality of Zagorje ob Savi
Municipality of Zagorje ob Savi in Slovenia, the Croatian part
is called Hrvatsko zagorje, meaning "Croatian Zagorje".
The town of
Krapina is often referred to as the cultural capital of
Kajkavian dialect, the South Slavic regiolect spoken in north-western
Croatia. Every year, the Festival of Kajkavian Song (Festival
kajkavske popevke) takes place in Krapina.
Geography of Croatia
Záhorie - similar geographic concepts
^ "45. tjedan kajkavske kulture -
Krapina 2010" (in Croatian).
Krapina: Društvo za kajkavsko kulturno stvaralaštvo. Retrieved
Regions of Croatia
Principal historical regions
Coordinates: 46°6′N 16°0′E / 46.100°N 16.000°E /
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