Zala County

For other uses, see Zala (disambiguation).
Zala County


Coat of arms
Country Hungary
Region Western Transdanubia
County seat Zalaegerszeg
  President of the General Assembly Dr. Attila Pál (Fidesz-KDNP)
  Total 3,783.89 km2 (1,460.97 sq mi)
Area rank 14th in Hungary
Population (2011 census)
  Total 282,179
  Rank 16th in Hungary
  Density 75/km2 (190/sq mi)
Postal code 8353 – 839x, 874x – 879x, 880x – 883x, 8855, 8856, 886x – 889x, 89xx
Area code(s) (+36) 83, 92, 93
ISO 3166 code HU-ZA

Zala (Slovene: Zalska županija or županija Zala) is an administrative county (comitatus or megye) in south-western Hungary. It is named after the Zala River. It shares borders with Croatia and Slovenia and the Hungarian counties Vas, Veszprém and Somogy. The capital of Zala county is Zalaegerszeg. Its area is 3,784 square kilometres (1,461 sq mi). Lake Balaton lies partly in the county.


Zala County on an old map

In the 10th century, the Hungarian Nyék tribe occupied the region around Lake Balaton. Their occupation was mainly in the areas known today as Zala and Somogy counties.[1]

Parts of the western territory of the former county of Zala are now part of Slovenia (South-Prekmurje). In 1919 it was part of the unrecognized state of the Republic of Prekmurje, which existed for just six days.


In 2015, it had a population of 277,290 and the population density was 73/km².

Year County population[2] Change
1949 305,433 n/a
1960 Increase 317,145 3.83%
1970 Decrease 304,127 -4.10%
1980 Increase 317,298 (record) 4.33%
1990 Decrease 306,398 -3.44%
2001 Decrease 297,404 -2.94%
2011 Decrease 282,179 -5.12%


Besides the Hungarian majority, the main minorities are the Roma (approx. 7,000), Croats (3,500) and Germans (2,000).

Total population (2011 census): 282,179
Ethnic groups (2011 census):[3] Identified themselves: 255 069 persons:

Approx. 38,000 persons in Zala County did not declare their ethnic group at the 2011 census.


Religious adherence in the county according to 2011 census:[4]


The Zala County Council, elected at the 2014 local government elections, is made up of 15 counselors, with the following party composition:[5]

    Party Seats Current County Assembly
  Fidesz-KDNP 9                  
  Movement for a Better Hungary (Jobbik) 4                  
  Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) 1                  
  Democratic Coalition (DK) 1                  


Cities with county rights

Cities and towns

(ordered by population, according to the 2001 census)



  1. Béla Kálmán, The world of names: a study in Hungarian onomatology, Akadémiai Kiadó, 1978, p. 134
  2. népessé, "Győr-Moson-Sopron megye népessége 1870-2015"
  3. 1.1.6. A népesség anyanyelv, nemzetiség és nemek szerint – Frissítve: 2013.04.17.; Hungarian Central Statistical Office (Hungarian)
  4. 2011. ÉVI NÉPSZÁMLÁLÁS, 3. Területi adatok, 3.20 Zala megye, (Hungarian)
  5. Zala Megyei Közgyűlés, (Hungarian)
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Coordinates: 46°40′N 16°50′E / 46.667°N 16.833°E / 46.667; 16.833

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