Bački Petrovac

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Bački Petrovac
Бачки Петровац
Báčsky Petrovec
Municipality and Town
Evangelical Church in Bački Petrovac, Vojvodina, Serbia
Evangelical Church in Bački Petrovac, Vojvodina, Serbia
Coat of arms of Bački Petrovac
Coat of arms
Bački Petrovac is located in Serbia
Bački Petrovac
Bački Petrovac
Coordinates: 45°21′38″N 19°35′30″E / 45.36056°N 19.59167°E / 45.36056; 19.59167Coordinates: 45°21′38″N 19°35′30″E / 45.36056°N 19.59167°E / 45.36056; 19.59167
Country  Serbia
Province  Vojvodina
District South Bačka District
Government
 • Mayor Pavel Marčok
Area
 • Bački Petrovac 160 km2 (61 sq mi)
Elevation 86 m (282 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Bački Petrovac 6,063
 • Metro 13,302
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 21470
Area code(s) +381(0)21
Car plates NS
Website www.backipetrovac.rs
Map of Bački Petrovac municipality

Bački Petrovac is a town and municipality in the South Bačka District of Vojvodina, Serbia. The town has a population of 6,063, while Bački Petrovac municipality has 13,302 inhabitants.

Name[edit]

In Serbian Cyrillic the town is known as Бачки Петровац, in Serbian Latin as Bački Petrovac, in Slovak as Petrovec or Báčsky Petrovec, in Hungarian as Petrőc, and in German as Petrovacz.

Inhabited places[edit]

Bački Petrovac municipality includes the town of Bački Petrovac and the following villages:

Note: for the places with Slovak majority, the names are also given in Slovak.

Bački Petrovac is economical, cultural and administrative center of the municipality. It is a settlement of a town character, while the other three are villages of Pannonian type.

History[edit]

Being in south Bačka which according to special climatic and other conditions is one of the most fertile parts of Serbia, very suitable for settling down, here in this region people made their settlements very early. The first written records about Petrovac appears in the 13th century when Petrovac is mentioned as a church parish belonging to Bač County. Later that name is changed into Petrovac. Its first inhabitants were the Hungarians and Serbs. In the first half of the 18th century (1745) the Slovaks settled here. Since then Petrovac developed so that it represents cultural, economic, chlerical and political center of the Slovaks in this region.

Economy[edit]

Agriculture is the most important economic activity based on the production of field crops (wheat, corn, broom weed, sugar beet, hop), cattle, breeding dud ponetry and vegetable crops. Besides agriculture there is also some industry manufacture, metal and chemical. Manufacture of wood civil engineering, printing activities, etc.

Demographics (2002 census)[edit]

Ethnic groups in the municipality[edit]

The ethnic Slovaks form a majority of the population in the municipality. There are 9,751 ethnic Slovaks in the municipality or 66% of population. Other ethnic groups are: Serbs (3,779 or 25.74%), Yugoslavs (293 or 1.99%), and others.

Settlements by ethnic majority[edit]

Settlements with Slovak majorities are: Bački Petrovac (Slovak: Báčsky Petrovec), Gložan (Slovak: Hložany), and Kulpin (Slovak: Kulpín). There is one settlement with a Serb majority: Maglić.

Ethnic groups in the town[edit]

Population of the town of Bački Petrovac include 5,549 Slovaks, 573 Serbs, 169 Yugoslavs, and others.

The town is located in southern Bačka (hence the name), some 25 km northwest of Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina. It is the cultural center of Slovaks in the province, and other places in the eponymous municipalities are also inhabited by many Slovaks.

Historical population of the town[edit]

  • 1961: 8,104
  • 1971: 7,822
  • 1981: 7,729
  • 1991: 7,236

Politics[edit]

Seats in the municipality parliament won in the 2012 local elections: [1]

  • Democratic Party (10)
  • G17 Plus (3)
  • LSV (5)
  • LDP (3)
  • Socialist Party of Serbia (3)
  • Slovak Vojvodina Party (2)
  • United Serbia (2)
  • SNS (2)

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Bački Petrovac is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Slobodan Ćurčić, Broj stanovnika Vojvodine, Novi Sad, 1996.

External links[edit]