Timočka Krajina is a geographical region in east-central Serbia around the Timok River. Its name means "Timok frontier". Timočka Krajina corresponds to two Serbian districts (Bor and Zaječar), with a total 2002 census population of 284,112.
Timok derives its name from the ancient district of Timachiom from Roman times. Its name means "the Timok frontier". The region was named due to its location around the Timok River and near the state border (hence the name "krajina" - "frontier" in English). In Serbian, the region is known as Timočka Krajina (Тимочка Крајина), in Romanian Valea Timocului . In Bulgarian it is known as Timoshko (Тимошко).
- Zaječar - 66,000
- Bor - 48,000
- Negotin - 43,000
- Knjaževac - 37,000
- Sokobanja - 19,000
- Kladovo - 21,000
- Boljevac - 15,000
- Majdanpek - 23,000
The main city in the region is Zaječar which is the largest city in this region, and therefore the cultural, urban, and economic centre of it. It consists of four municipalities: Stari grad (old parts of the city: Vlačić, Kraljevica, Karađorđev venac, Šljivarsko brdo, Lubničko brdo, Oskoruša, Pazaršte, Zvezdan, Podliv, Veliki izvor), Kotlujevac (Ključ 1,2,3,4, Živinarnik, Selište, Vlaško brdo, Beli breg), Grljan (south suburban parts and Višnjar) and Salaš (north suburban parts). The largest part of Zaječar is Koltlujevac with the population of over 25,000.
Dacians and Thracians inhabited the area until their assimilation into contemporary ethnic groups in the area. Romans conquered Timok in the 1st century, Emperor Justinian had following strongholds in the region:
Petres Sculcoburgo Vindimiola Braeola Arganocili Castellonovo Florentiana Romyliana Septecasae Argentares Auriliana Gembero Clemades Turribas Gribo Chalaro Tzutrato Mutzipara Stendas Scaripara Odriuzo Cipipene Trasiana Potes Amulo Setlotes Timaciolum Meridio Meriopontede Tredetetilious Braeola Motreses Vicanovo Quartiana Julioballae Pontzas Zanes
Triballian Plains, Tribalia or Lower Timok is the southern territory of the Timočka Krajina, between Yantra river and Morava river. Its name is derived from the Paleo-Balkan tribe of Triballi who lived in the region. In the 11th century, Greek-Byzantine historian John Skylitzes referred to the region as "ton topon ton Serbon" (eng. Serb region).
Between 1918 and 1922, two districts of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes existed in the area - Krajina District, with seat in Negotin, and Timok District with seat in Zaječar. In 1922, these two districts were merged into newly formed Timok Oblast with seat in Zaječar. Timok Oblast existed until 1929 when it was included into newly formed Morava Banovina with seat in Niš. Today, there are two districts in the area - Bor District with seat in Bor, and Zaječar District with seat in Zaječar.
In 2005, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe "regretted that Serbia applies double standards in artificially separating the Romanians of Vojvodina from the Romanians of Eastern Serbia". Since 2004 there are regular clashes between the Serbian authorities and the Romanian community in Timok when Bojan Aleksandrović, a Romanian Orthodox priest decided to build the Romanian Orthodox Church, Malajnica where he holds services in Romanian. The priest has been subjected to threats while children attending mass with their parents have been humiliated in the village school by their Serbian teacher. Romanians in Serbia proper do not have the right to schooling and public worship in their native language. In Negotin, the Romanian Cultural Association was vandalized in 2004 when Serbian pro-fascist ultra-nationalists wrote "Out of Serbia" on the windows of the main doors. The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia drew attention to the situation of the Romanian people living in Timok, and to their right to preserve their Romanian identity.
According to the 2002 census, the Bor and Zaječar Districts had a total of 284,112 inhabitants, out of which:
- Serbs = 243,148 (85,58%)
- Romanians (Vlachs) = 23,604 (8,31%)
- Roma = 2,723 (0,96%)
In the north, the inhabitants traditionally speak the Kosovo–Resava dialect, while in the south, the Prizren-Timok dialect is spoken (also considered part of the Torlakian dialect), however, Standard Serbian (Shtokavian) is used in formal communication. The Vlachs speak the so-called Vlach language, which awaits standardization, which in this region is a form of the Oltenian Romanian subdialect.
The Serb population is Serbian Orthodox and the Vlach population is partially Romanian Orthodox. Built in 2004, the Romanian Orthodox Church, Malajnica is the first Romanian church in Timočka Krajina in 170 years, during which time Romanians in Timok had not been allowed to hear liturgy services in their native language.
- Respect for the rights of the Timok Romanians (Eastern Serbia)
- Protests on the Council of Europe
-  April 25, 2003] on Deutsche Welle
- Extract from the IHF report
- Debates Monday, 3 September 2007 - Strasbourg
- Timoc Press, General Consulate of Romania in Zajecar
- Romania, Serbia decide to establish small-scale cross-border traffic agreement
- Meeting of Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu with Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremić
- Stoica, Vasile (1919). The Roumanian Question: The Roumanians and their Lands. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Printing Company. p. 50.
- Xenophobic actions against Timoc Romanians
- "SERBIA: Romanian priest to pay for official destruction of his church"
- "Haiducul credintei din Valea Timocului, Boian Alexandrovici, decorat de presedintele Basescu" (Romanian)
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- Community of Vlachs of Serbia/Zajednica Vlaha Srbije
- The situation of national minorities in Vojvodina and of the Romanian ethnic minority in Serbia, 2008 report from the Council of Europe (archive version)