Našice

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Našice
Town
Town of Našice
Grad Našice
Center of city
Center of city
Našice is located in Croatia
Našice
Našice
Location of Našice in Croatia
Našice is located in Osijek-Baranja County
Našice
Našice
Location of Našice in Osijek-Baranja County
Coordinates: 45°29′N 18°05′E / 45.49°N 18.09°E / 45.49; 18.09
Country  Croatia
County Osijek-Baranja County
Government
 • Mayor Krešimir Žagar (HDZ)
Area
 • Town 200 km2 (80 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Town 16,224
 • Urban 7,888
Time zone Central European Time (UTC+1)

Našice (pronounced [naʃitsɛ]) is a town in eastern Croatia, located on the northern slopes of the Krndija mountain in eastern Slavonia, 51 km southwest of regional hub Osijek. Administratively it belongs to Osijek-Baranja County.

Geography[edit]

Našice is located on the D2 state road VaraždinVirovitica–Našice–Osijek and the railroad ZagrebKoprivnicaOsijek.

Economy[edit]

Chief occupations are farming and angling on 11 km2 of fishing ground. Major industries include metal processing, cement, (at Našice cement), the stone excavation. Also wood processing, textiles and food.

History[edit]

The city was first mentioned in 1229 under the name of Nekche. In the 13th century, the Knights Templar came to Našice and built a church. The town was a feudal property of the Pejačević family until 1945.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Našice was a district capital in the Virovitica County of the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia.

In 1991 Croatian forces in Našice captured military barracks of Yugoslav People's Army.

Population[edit]

Historical populations
of Našice
Year Pop. ±%
1880 4,035 —    
1890 6,259 +55.1%
1900 7,992 +27.7%
1910 9,238 +15.6%
1921 9,244 +0.1%
1931 10,810 +16.9%
1948 12,736 +17.8%
1953 13,616 +6.9%
1961 14,665 +7.7%
1971 15,366 +4.8%
1981 15,629 +1.7%
1991 17,432 +11.5%
2001 17,320 −0.6%
2011 16,224 −6.3%
Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, DZS, Zagreb, 2005

According to the census of 2011, there are 7,888 inhabitants in town, with 16,224 in the entire municipality.[1] 88% of the population are Croats.[2]

Settlements[edit]

The municipality of Našice includes the following settlements:

Culture[edit]

Rich hunting grounds can be found in the immediate surroundings, and the fishpond Našička Breznica and Lake Lapovac offer fine angling opportunities. Slavonian cuisine and freshwater fish are a part of the gastronomic offerings of the town and its surroundings.

As an economic and cultural centre is famous for its valuable cultural and historical heritage, (the Gothic church, two manor houses, exhibitions of the art colony "Hinko Juhn"). Našice plays an important role in business and excursionist tourism. The nice park by both of the Pejačević manors (horticultural monument). The private zoo of the Bizik family in nearby in Markovac Našički as well as the interesting surroundings at the foot of the Krndija hill emphasize the importance of natural beauty.

The municipality has an official memorial-area Crni Potok, dedicated to Croatian soldiers and civilians killed at the site by members of the Yugoslav Partisans.[3][4] The site is commemorated annually on the third Saturday in June.[3]

Sports[edit]

Sports opportunities comprise tennis court, a football ground with accompanying facilities, and boating on the local waters. Footballers from Našice include Panathinaikos midfielder Danijel Pranjić and Danijel Stojanović. Football club NK NAŠK plays in Croatian Third Football League.

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