Kačarevo

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Kačarevo
Качарево
Town
Centre of the town
Centre of the town
Kačarevo is located in Serbia
Kačarevo
Kačarevo
Location of Kačarevo within Serbia
Kačarevo is located in Vojvodina
Kačarevo
Kačarevo
Location of Kačarevo within Vojvodina
Coordinates: 44°57′35″N 20°41′22″E / 44.95972°N 20.68944°E / 44.95972; 20.68944Coordinates: 44°57′35″N 20°41′22″E / 44.95972°N 20.68944°E / 44.95972; 20.68944
Country  Serbia
Province  Vojvodina
District South Banat
Elevation 80 m (260 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Kačarevo 7,624
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 26212
Area code(s) +381(0)13
Car plates PA
The Orthodox church.
Sports centre in Kačarevo.

Kačarevo (Serbian and Macedonian: Качарево) is a town in northern Serbia, situated in the municipality of Pančevo, South Banat District, Vojvodina province. The town has a Serb ethnic majority and its population numbering 7,624 people (2002 census).

Name[edit]

The town was originally named by German name Franzfeld, after the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I. In Serbian, it has been known as Francfeld (Францфелд), and in Hungarian as Francföld, Ferencfalva and Ferenchalom.

Since 1918, it has been known in Serbian as Kraljevićevo (Краљевићево) and Banatsko Kraljevićevo (Банатско Краљевићево). After Second World War, the settlement was renamed Kačarevo (Качарево) in honour of the national hero Svetozar Kačar.

Geography[edit]

Kačarevo is located on flat and fertile plains at 44°57′59″N 20°41′37″E / 44.96639°N 20.69361°E / 44.96639; 20.69361, approximately 11 km N of Pančevo and 21 km NW of Belgrade. It is located within the South Banat District, in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, which is in the northern part of Serbia.

The largest neighbouring settlement is indeed Pančevo, but the region is also scattered with other smaller inhabited places, similar in size with Kačarevo, such as Banatsko Novo Selo and Jabuka.

The altitude above sea level is roughly about 81 meters, or 265 feet, and the Postal Code is 26212.

History[edit]

The town was founded in 1791[1] by Leopold II. and built up in 1792 by Protestant German settlers. By 1921 its population included 4,450 Germans, which comprised 97.7 percent of the total population of the time. It was also the location of a concentration camp for local civilians of German origin held by Partisans after World War II.

After World War II, the town was colonized by Serbs who came from Bosnia, Krajina, Lika, and Dalmatia as well as Macedonians who came from Macedonia.

More recently, on May 11, 1999 during the NATO Bombing Campaign of the Kosovo War, the town was targeted by NATO forces in a mission to destroy an apparent tactical reporting post. There were also unsubstantiated claims of an F-16 being shot down on the outskirts of Kačarevo in the early morning hours of May 8, 1999 by a surface-to-air missile, while speculation also suggests that the pilot ejected safely as there was an intensive search by Yugoslav military during the night and during the next morning.

Demographics[edit]

1971 census[edit]

According to the 1971 census, the town was ethnically mixed, and ethnic Macedonians formed relative majority (41.13 percent).

2002 census[edit]

The number of reported inhabitants of the town in 2002 was 7,624, in approximately 2,529 households. The majority of inhabitants are ethnic Serbs (5,042 or 66.13%), while Macedonians form 19.24% of the population or 1,467 people. Unfortunately, about 8 percent of the towns' population are either refugees or internally displaced persons, mostly resulting from recent wars in Kosovo and Bosnia.

Historical population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1961 7,792 —    
1971 8,088 +3.8%
1981 8,309 +2.7%
1991 8,103 −2.5%
2002 7,624 −5.9%

Economy[edit]

Kačarevo
Municipality
of Pančevo

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The main occupation of the towns' people is in agriculture, as with many other local settlements. However, many of the towns’ inhabitants also work in the factories of the neighbouring city of Pančevo.

Tourism[edit]

The town is famous for its bacon festival known as "Slaninijada" ("slanina" is a Serbian word for "bacon"), which is organised by the Tourist Association of Kačarevo. The festival was organised for the first time in 1988 and runs on an annual basis during February.

Recent/current community projects[edit]

There have been several community projects of late that attempted to enhance the wellbeing of locals, funded by money from both the municipality and residents, and also from money received from US aid. Projects include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Slobodan Ćurčić, Broj stanovnika Vojvodine, Novi Sad, 1996.
  1. ^ "Foundation certificate". 

External links[edit]