The town of Vrbovec lies to the north-east of Zagreb, either 32 km (20 mi) along the highway A4 (Zagreb - Sv.Helena), and then B28 expressway (Sv. Helena - Vrbovec) or 40 km (25 mi) by the old state road, Zagreb - Dugo Selo - Bjelovar, and by train through direction Zagreb - Vrbovec - Koprivnica - Hungary.
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- Brčevec, population 544
- Celine, population 978
- Cerik, population 52
- Cerje, population 218
- Dijaneš, population 168
- Đivan, population 32
- Donji Tkalec, population 98
- Dulepska, population 156
- Gaj, population 381
- Gornji Tkalec, population 184
- Gostović, population 139
- Graberanec, population 0
- Graberšćak, population 88
- Greda, population 96
- Hruškovica, population 72
- Konak, population 115
- Krkač, population 88
- Kućari, population 58
- Lonjica, population 1,019
- Lovrečka Varoš, population 154
- Lovrečka Velika, population 200
- Luka, population 824
- Lukovo, population 184
- Marenić, population 57
- Martinska Ves, population 515
- Naselje Stjepana Radića, population 244
- Negovec, population 175
- Novo Selo, population 123
- Peskovec, population 324
- Pirakovec, population 170
- Podolec, population 99
- Poljana, population 423
- Poljanski Lug, population 428
- Prilesje, population 183
- Samoborec, population 118
- Savska Cesta, population 165
- Topolovec, population 133
- Vrbovec, population 4,973
- Vrbovečki Pavlovec, population 398
- Vrhovec, population 140
- Žunci, population 167
In 2001, 97,36% of the population were Croats.
City government, court, police, health and postal services are the part of infrastructure of Vrbovec. The current mayor since 2005 is Vladimir Bregović, who succeeded Zlatko Herček, mayor from 2001 to 2005.
Vrbovec was first mentioned in written documents dated April 21, 1244. The document today lies in the Archbishop's archive in Zagreb, in serial Privilegialia. It was published by Croatian-Hungarian King Bela III (IV), where feudal field was given to the countman Junk, the son of Izak from Ravno (village), whose right are confirmed from the Koloman (brother of King Bela). The countman Junk was the higher officer at Križevci's county.
The main industries in Vrbovec are the production of meat and meat products, bricks, and metal working machines. The most important local employer is Meat Industry PIK Vrbovec, which employs 1500 people. As a part of the conglomeration Agrokor, it has become a very important producer of meat in the last few years in Croatia. Other local companies include Gradip (brickworks), Oprema Vrbovec which manufactures transport technology machinery, and the Society of Private entrepreneurs of Vrbovec.
- ban Petar Zrinski, born in Vrbovec, 1621
- Marija Jurić Zagorka, first female journalist in Croatia and writer, born in the neighboring village of Negovec
- Eugène de Piennes, French marquise, collector
- Krunoslav Kuten, writer for children
- Josip Velebit
- Josip Buturac, historian
- Josip Pankretić, parliamentarian
- Leona Paraminski, Croatian actress
Monuments and Sightseeings
Notable buildings in Vrbovec include the Mausoleum of family De Piennes in the local cemetery. the Tower of Petar Zrinski in Vrbovec, the castle of Patačić in Vrbovec, the castle of Lovrečina Grad, and the church of Saint Vitus in Vrbovec.
The first elementary school was founded in 1669. Today Vrbovec has two elementary schools and one high-school.
Vrbovec has got a local small cinema, culture-art society HKUD "Petar Zrinski", a library, a radio station Vrbovec, and the people's university of Vrbovec. There is no local TV station, theatre (opera) or university. People travel to Zagreb as the centre of these activities.
"Kaj su jeli naši stari" is the main annual event in Vrbovec. June 15 is the town day, and the celebration of Saint Vitus, the protector of Vrbovec. Vrbovečka udruga mladih is an organisation very popular among the younger people of Vrbovec.
The local Soccer Club is NK "Vrbovec", usually a member of third division of the Croatian Soccer League. There is a Basketball Club KK "Petar Zrinski", and a Wrestling club HK "Vrbovec".
- "City of Vrbovec (local government)" (in Croatian). Retrieved December 16, 2012.
- "Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011, First Results by Settlements" (HTML). Statistical Reports (in Croatian and English) (Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics) (1441). June 2011. ISSN 1332-0297. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
- "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
- Official website (Croatian)