A county, in the territorial and political sense of the building of the Croatian state in the developed stage was first found in the 10th century, thus doing away with parishes, the lowest types of people joining forces based on blood relations. Since then, counties have become the common way of Croat's setting up their state, the only variable element being the number of counties, their size and rights and obligations.
A Law on Counties, Cities and Municipalities in Croatia (passed on Jan. 30, 1997) had awarded city status to 47 municipalities, 63 settlements were given municipal status, while 13 municipalities became settlements. Today Croatia has 122 cities and 416 municipalities. The city of Zagreb, regulated by the Law on the City of Zagreb, had become a special unified territorial and administrative unit, not a part of the "Zagreb region" which had become a county of its own - The Zagreb County.