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|• Mayor||Velimir Perišić (DPS)|
|• Ruling party||DPS - SDP|
|• Total||553 km2 (214 sq mi)|
|Population (2003 census)|
|• Density||5.3/km2 (14/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code||+382 40|
|ISO 3166-2 code||ME-18|
Šavnik is a relatively new settlement, founded in 1861. It was populated by internal migrants from other parts of Montenegro, mostly craftsmen, which were needed by local farmers. The town quickly became a center for the Drobnjaci region, and incorporated a post office, school, primary court, and military post.
Industrialization during the SFR Yugoslavia era mostly bypassed Šavnik, so did any major transit road or rail links, so the economy of town went into stagnation. Population of Šavnik and entire municipality is since in slow but steady decrease. Most of the residents are migrating to Nikšić and southern Montenegro, and Šavnik is often a synonym for a poor and deteriorating town.
Šavnik is administrative centre of Šavnik municipality, which has 2,947 residents. The town of Šavnik itself has a population of 570. Religious buildings include Podmalinsko Monastery of Serbian Orthodox Church which is believed to be built by Stephen Uroš I of Serbia around 1252.
Šavnik municipality has the smallest population of all Montenegrin municipalities. The town of Šavnik is also the capital of municipality in Montenegro with fewest residents.
Population of Šavnik:
- March 3, 1981 - 633
- March 3, 1991 - 821
- November 1, 2003 - 570
Ethnic groups (official numbers of 2003 census):
Population of Municipality Šavnik (2003 census):
- Serbs - 1,398 (47.44%)
- Montenegrins - 1,380 (46.83%)
- Yugoslavs - 16 (0.54%)
- Others - 153 (5.19%)
- Total - 2,947
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