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Ravno Selo (Serbian Cyrillic: Равно Село, pronounced [râːʋnoː sělo]) is a village in Serbia. It is situated in the municipality of Vrbas, in the South Bačka District, Vojvodina province. The village has a Serb ethnic majority and its population numbering 3,478 people (2002 census).
In Serbian, the village is known as Ravno Selo (Равно Село), in German as Alt-Schowe, and in Hungarian as Ósóvé. Other Serbian names used for the village are: Ravno (Равно), Stare Šove (Старе Шове), and Šove (Шове).
The village was first recorded in the end of the 15th century (between 1484 and 1502). During Ottoman rule (16th-17th century), the village of Šove was populated by Serbs. In 1786, Germans settled in the village as well. In 1820, population of Šove numbered 2,598 inhabitants, of whom 1,643 were Serbs. In 1893, the population of the village numbered 2,136 inhabitants, including 1,436 Serbs, 653 Germans, 15 Hungarians, and 32 others. After World War II, as a consequence of the war events, the German population fled from the village.
Ethnic groups (2002 census)
- 1961: 4,378
- 1971: 3,814
- 1981: 3,636
- 1991: 3,579
- 2002: 3,478
- Slobodan Ćurčić, Broj stanovnika Vojvodine, Novi Sad, 1996.
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