Bilje

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For the village in Slovenia, see Bilje, Miren – Kostanjevica.
Bilje
Municipality
Bilje Municipality
Općina Bilje
Bilje is located in Croatia
Bilje
Bilje
Coordinates: 45°36′25″N 18°44′38″E / 45.60694°N 18.74389°E / 45.60694; 18.74389Coordinates: 45°36′25″N 18°44′38″E / 45.60694°N 18.74389°E / 45.60694; 18.74389
Government
 • Mayor Žarko Zelić
Area
 • Total 344 km2 (133 sq mi)
Elevation 87 m (285 ft)
Population
 • Total 5,642
Time zone Central European Time (UTC+1)
Map of Bilje municipality

Bilje (Hungarian: Bellye) is a village and municipality on the outskirts of nature park Kopački Rit in the region of Baranja, Osijek-Baranja County, Croatia, situated 8 km northeast of Osijek.

Name[edit]

Its name derived from the Slavic word "bilje" ("herb" in English). In German the village is known as Belje, in Hungarian as Bellye,[1] and in Serbian Cyrillic as Биље.

Geography[edit]

The municipality of Bilje include following settlements and population (2011 census):[2]

Demographics[edit]

There are 5,642 inhabitants in the municipality (2011 census),[2] including:[3]

History[edit]

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Bilje was part of the Baranya County of the Kingdom of Hungary.

Features[edit]

Chief occupations among the population are farming, livestock breeding and food processing (a mill). The manor with the park represents the major tourist attraction; the park is protected as a horticultural monument.

The neighbouring village of Mece is the centre of one of the oldest industrial-agricultural cooperative farms in Europe Belje.

Kopački Rit, situated at the confluence of the Drava and the Danube, the unique preserved wetland area in this part of Europe is not far from Mece. The area surrounding Kopački Rit offers rich hunting grounds for high game (deer in particular) and equally opulent fishing grounds.

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