At an aggregated level, an analysis of statistical regions indicates that North-West Croatia achieves the largest proportion of GDP in Croatia.

With regard to the statistical NUTS2 level, North-West Croatia in terms of the total GDP in Croatia for 2007 contributed 46.8% (0.3 percentage points less than in 2005), with the dominant position assumed by the City of Zagreb at 30.8% (0.4 percentage points less than in 2005), while the Krapina-Zagorje County accounted for 2.3%. The GDP per capita in the Krapina-Zagorje County in 2007 amounted to 7,144 euros.

Table 5 Gross domestic production in the Krapina-Zagorje County and North-western Croatia for the period 2005-2007, current prices, amounts in millions of kuna, index

GDP,
2005-2007

current prices

/in mil. kn/

Krapina-Zagorje County

North-Western Croatia -

total

Republic of Croatia -

total

2005

6.170

124.570

264.367

2006

6.436

134.721

286.341

2007

7.218

147.012

314.223

index 2007/2005

117,0

118,0

118,8

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics

In the year 2009, according data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, there was an overall decline in economic activity as a direct result of the economic crisis. The period before the global economic recession, 2006-2008, was marked by an increase in investment in gross capital and increase in added value in industrial production and employment growth.

Table 6 Real percentage of GDP growth in 2008 and 2009 and an estimated growth for 2010

Data as a %

2008

2009

Estimates for 2010

EU27

0.7

-4.2

1.0

EU15

0.5

-4.3

0.9

Hungary

0.6

-6.3

0.0

Slovenia

3.5

-7.8

1.1

Slovakia

6.2

-4.7

2.7

Romania

7.3

-7.1

0.8

Lithuania

2.8

-14.8

-0.6

Latvia

-4.2

-18.0

-3.5

Estonia

-3.6

-14.1

0.9

Poland

5.0

1.7

2.7

Czech Republic

2.5

-4.1

1.6

Croatia

2.4

-5.8

-0.5 to -1.5

Source: Eurostat

The north-western region is more competitive than other NUTS statistical regions in the Republic of Croatia. This is proven by the entrepreneurial development indicators, the quality of the education sector and developed health services and cultural activities which provides a higher quality of life.

An analysis of the underlying economic structure of the Krapina-Zagorje County shows the dominant role of the manufacturing industry which in the 2009 achieved 40.33 % of the total income in the county. The most important activities in the processing industry are the manufacturing of pre-fabricated metal products with the exception of machinery and equipment, the manufacturing of non-metallic mineral products, the production of textiles and textile products, electrical machinery and apparatuses. The second ranked activity in income is wholesale and retail trade, followed by a significantly smaller proportion in construction and transport, storage and communication.