Sokolac

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Sokolac
Соколац
Skyline of Sokolac
Coat of arms of Sokolac
Coat of arms
Location of Sokolac within Bosnia and Herzegovina
Location of Sokolac within Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coordinates: 43°56′15″N 18°47′50″E / 43.93750°N 18.79722°E / 43.93750; 18.79722Coordinates: 43°56′15″N 18°47′50″E / 43.93750°N 18.79722°E / 43.93750; 18.79722
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Government
 • Mayor Milovan Bjelica (SDS)
Area
 • Total 693,45 km2 (26,774 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 12,607
 • Density 18,2/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) 57

Sokolac (Cyrillic: Соколац) is a town and municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the part of the City of East Sarajevo in the Republika Srpska entity.

Agriculture has been important part of the community. For most inhabitants, the businesses of agriculture is the only a way to make a living, but also a tradition to the families. Potato is the main product of agriculture. Sokolac used to be known by high quality potato. Not a long ago, the potato chip industry was a promising industry for this region. At the same time, Center for Advancement of Agriculture (ogledno dobro) was established.

Livestock production is the second largest agriculture industry in the community. The area surrounding Sokolac is well known for its quality grasslands, due to foggy, moist conditions that keep the grasses green much of the year and make them well suited for grazing dairy, cattle and sheep. The beef cattle and sheep is the second largest export of the community. Although Sokolac has a small dairy factory, the milk market production is very small.

Sokolac is surrounded by high quality woodlands, which have been largely destroyed in last ten years. Although this industry generates most revenue for the community, a small percentage of people work in the industry. Sokolac is the important intersection of the regional roads.

The Economy[edit]

[1] The important intersection of the regional roads from Sarajevo to the Adriatic Sea, Belgrade, Užice, Banja Luka and Bijeljina.

Sokolac has large forest complex. The municipality possess 38.013 hectares of forest and the forest land. 94,76% of it is state-owned forest and 5,24% is private property. The overall supply of timber is 8.482.000 cubic meters. Our forest resources are much more bigger than the level of the utilization of these resources in Republic of Srpska.

Agricultural land (32.834 hectares): meadows and pastures (28.232 hectares) and fields and orchards (4.602 hectares).

Energy sector: investment opportunity for the production of electric and thermal energy based on biomass and the construction of the mini hydro power plants on Bioštica and Kaljina rivers.

Tourism: good strategic and geographical location, great natural resources, sports facilities, religious facilities, archaeological sites, the completely preserved environment, the healthy food etc.

Demographics[edit]

1950[edit]

17,053 total

1991[edit]

In 1991, the population of the Sokolac municipality numbered 14,833 people, including:

  • 10,181 Serbs (68.64%)
  • 4,486 Bosniaks (30.24%)
  • 84 Yugoslavs
  • 22 Croats
  • 60 others

Sport[edit]

The local football club, FK Glasinac Sokolac, plays in the First League of the Republika Srpska.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

The following links can be found regarding the municipality Sokolac: Interview with Milovan Bjelica, the Mayor of Sokolac