Crna Trava

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Coordinates: 42°48′36.53″N 22°17′56.43″E / 42.8101472°N 22.2990083°E / 42.8101472; 22.2990083

Crna Trava
Црна Трава
Municipality and Town
View on Crna Trava
View on Crna Trava
Location of the municipality of Crna Trava within Serbia
Location of the municipality of Crna Trava within Serbia
Country  Serbia
District Jablanica
Settlements 25
Government
 • Mayor Slavoljub Blagojević (PSS[disambiguation needed])
Area[1]
 • Municipality 312 km2 (120 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)[2]
 • Town 452
 • Municipality 1,661
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 16215
Area code +381 16
Car plates LE

Crna Trava (Serbian Cyrillic: Црна Трава, Serbian pronunciation: [tsr̩̂ːnaː trǎːʋa]) is a village and municipality located in the Jablanica District of Serbia. According to 2011 census, the population of the village is 452 inhabitants, while population of the municipality is 1,661. This is the poorest municipality in the country.[3]

Name[edit]

The name of the village in Serbian translates to Black Grass. The origin of the name dates back to 1389, when Battle of Kosovo took place. A Serbian army unit, composed of Serbian archers and cavaliers, decided to take a rest on a grass field while travelling to the battlefield. Since the flowers and other herbs covering the field were highly poisonous, the soldiers became intoxicated, thereby they did not wake up on time for the battle. Realizing that fact, they cursed the grass that poisoned them, branding it "black" grass.

Demographics[edit]

  • Natural Population Growth Rate: -2.82% per year

Crna Trava, along with the rest of Vlasina region, suffers from heavy depopulation, chiefly for economic reasons. It can be seen from the census data from 1953 to 2002:

  • 1953 - 13,748
  • 1961 - 12,513
  • 1971 - 9,672
  • 1981 - 6,366
  • 1991 - 3,778
  • 2002 - 2,563
  • 2011 - 1,661

Ethnic groups in the municipality (2002 census):

  • Serbs = 2,529
  • Bulgarians = 8
  • Yugoslavs = 3
  • Russians = 2
  • Albanians = 1
  • Croats = 1
  • undeclared = 5
  • regional affiliation = 1
  • unknown = 13

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