Kotor Varoš

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Kotor Varoš
Котор Варош
Coat of arms of Kotor Varoš
Coat of arms
Location of Kotor Varoš within Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Location of Kotor Varoš within Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coordinates: 44°37′20″N 17°22′13″E / 44.62222°N 17.37028°E / 44.62222; 17.37028Coordinates: 44°37′20″N 17°22′13″E / 44.62222°N 17.37028°E / 44.62222; 17.37028
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Entity  Republika Srpska
 • Mayor Dalibor Vučanović (SNSD) [1]
 • Total 564,26 km2 (21,786 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 22,001
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) 51

Kotor Varoš or Kotor-Varoš (Serbian Cyrillic: Котор Варош) is a town and municipality in north-western Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


The city was first mentioned in the 10th century, when it was called Kotor. Varoš, added later, means "town" in Hungarian (város). The town has great historic importance to Serbs, Bosniaks and Croats.

From 1929 to 1941, Kotor Varoš was part of the Vrbas Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

During the Bosnian War numerous religious and cultural monuments and landmarks were destroyed by various Serb paramilitary groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church in the centre of the town. Also notable destruction was found in the southern "Čarsija" region of the town where nearly every single house was destroyed. Bosnian Serb-dominated parts of the town were mainly unaffected by the conflict. It is also important to note that due to the proximity (38 km) of Kotor Varoš to Banja Luka and that the city's post-war population demographic percentages were strongly impacted by this.


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According to the 1910 census, the absolute majority in the Kotor Varoš municipality were Orthodox Christians (63.44%).


32.832 total


In 1991, there were 36,670 inhabitants in municipality of Kotor Varoš, including:

  • 13,986 Serbs (38.14%)
  • 11,161 Bosniaks (30.44%)
  • 10,640 Croats (29.02%)
  • 707 Yugoslavs (1.93%)
  • 176 others (0.48%)

The town of Kotor Varoš had 10,828 residents and Croat relative majority. The population included:

  • 48% Croats (5,191)
  • 25% Serbs (2,727)
  • 21% Bosniaks (2,255)
  • 5% Yugoslavs (538)
  • 1% others (117)

Source: [2].


The city also features a large monument to the local partisans who died for Yugoslavia during the fighting with the German and Ustaša forces during WW2.

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