Bjelovar in general



Located on a plateau in the southern part of Bilogora, 135 meters above sea level between the rivers Bjelovacka and Plavnica, the city of Bjelovar is the center of the Bjelovar-Bilogora County as well as the cultural, political and natural heart of this part of Croatia. Officially founded in 1756 by the decision of Empress Maria Theresa, Bjelovar is one of the youngest cities in Croatia, but despite this formality, it is known that this area has been continuously inhabited since the Bronze Age.

According to the 2021 census, 36,433 inhabitants live in Bjelovar today on an area of 187,701 km². There are 31 settlements in this area, in alphabetical order: Bjelovar, Breza, Brezovac, Ciglena, Galovac, Gornji Tomaš, Gudovac, Klokočevac, Kokinac, Kupinovac, Letičani, Mala Ciglena, Malo Korenovo, Novi Pavljani, Novoseljani, Obrovnica, Patkovac, Gornje Plavnice, Stare Plavnice, Prespa, Prgomelje, Prokljuvani, Puričani, Rajić, Stančići, Stari Pavljani, Tomaš, Trojstveni Markovac, Veliko Korenovo, Zvijerci and Ždralovi.



The city was built according to plan as a training ground and administrative headquarters of the Križevačka and Đurđevačka border infantry regiments, which is why it has a regular, square structure in the very center of the city, which was built first. Its name is derived from the adjective “bijel” (white) to which the Hungarian word vár, which means city, is added, and it is said to have originated from the term “white soil”, which means hard-to-cultivate land. The flag of the city is white with the coat of arms of Bjelovar, which is shown in the form of a silver-white shield in which we see a green hill with three brown stumps, a white fort with a crown and a red roof, a loophole and an open door next to which a sergeant stands with a rifle.



Bjelovar is known for the beautiful, tame nature offered by the slopes of Bilogora. It is also called the City of Cheese, since the production of cheese in our city has a centuries-old tradition. It is marked by great handball successes; the Bjelovar Handball Club was the European champion in 1972. It is also called “Enigmopolis” (the City of Puzzles) because, thanks to the wide-ranging activities of the puzzle society Čvor, it has become the capital of puzzles in Croatia. It is a multicultural city where 21 national minorities live out of a total of 22 registered in the entire Republic of Croatia. Many famous and successful Croatian men and women were born in the Bjelovar region, including Edo Murtić, Bogdan Diklić, Ivo Robić, the Navojec brothers, Nasta Rojc, Vojin Bakić and a number of others.

The city hosts numerous music, theater and film events, is dedicated to investing in culture and the protection of national minorities, and this is only part of the wealth that Bjelovar has to offer its residents and guests who visit it.