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View on Čelinac
View on Čelinac
Coat of arms of Čelinac
Coat of arms
Location of Čelinac within Bosnia and Herzegovina
Location of Čelinac within Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coordinates: 44°43′30″N 17°19′48″E / 44.72500°N 17.33000°E / 44.72500; 17.33000Coordinates: 44°43′30″N 17°19′48″E / 44.72500°N 17.33000°E / 44.72500; 17.33000
CountryBosnia and Herzegovina
EntityRepublika Srpska
 • MayorMomčilo Zeljković (SNSD)
 • Total361.81 km2 (139.70 sq mi)
 (2013 census)
 • Total15,548
 • Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code(s)051

Čelinac (Serbian Cyrillic: Челинац) is a town and municipality located in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As of 2013, it has a population of 15,548 inhabitants.

The Stuplje monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church is located in the municipality.


It is located by Jošavka and Vrbanja rivers, between municipalities of Laktaši and Prnjavor to the north, Teslić to the east, Kotor Varoš, Skender Vakuf / Kneževo to the south, and Banja Luka to the west.


War in Yugoslavia[edit]

Main initiator and leader of persecution nonserbs population in the valley of the Vrbanja river and Bosanska Krajina, including Čelinac, was member of the radical currents SDS - Radoslav Brdjanin, a native of nearby village of Popovac.

Brđanin was a leading political figure in Autonomous Region of Krajina (ARK). During The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s, was the key positions at the municipal, regional and "republic" level. Among other things, he was the first vice president of the Assembly of the ARK, president of the ARK Crisis Staff and later as Acting Vice Minister for Production, Minister for Construction, Traffic and Utilities and acting Deputy Prime Minister Republika Srpska (RS). International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) condemned him for various crimes to 30 years in prison.[1]

During the War in Bosnia, along with other generally known reprisals, local authorities have introduced the original limits of Bosniaks and Croats, i.e. non-Serb population. In addition to those who have experienced this, among other things, bears witness to the indictment against Radovan Karadžić to tribunal in The Hague. At the hearing, Nikola Poplašen, 2013, one of the questions to the witness the defense, it was:

"Being in a statement that the Republiika Srpska there was no discrimination on ethnic grounds, the prosecutor showed the decision of the authorities of the municipality Čelinac of 23 July 1992, in which Croats and Muslims prohibited from the streets of 16–18 hours, swimming in the river, fishing, gathering in large groups, and the only thing they expressly permitted - departure. And that is only if the municipality abandond the entire household. After Poplasen, municipal governments have these restrictions wanted to "protect" population and 'keep people head'"[clarification needed][2]


Aside from the town of Čelinac, the municipality includes the following settlements:


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.

Ethnic groups[edit]

Čelinac Municipality; Census Year 2013: Total of 15,548 inhabitants
Census Year 2013. 1991. 1981. 1971.
Serbs 14,874 (95.66%) 16,554 (88.46%) 15,832 (86.25%) 15,880 (91.10%)
Bosniaks 453 (2.91%) 1,446 (7.72%) 1,232 (6.71%) 1,209 (6.93%)
Croats 49 (0.31%) 76 (0.40%) 86 (0.46%) 90 (0.51%)
Yugoslavs 0.00 (0.00%) 377 (2.01%) 885 (4.82%) 14 (0.08%)
Others and unknown 124 (0.79%) 260 (1.38%) 239 (1.30%) 213 (1.22%)
Total 15,548 18,713 18,354 17,430
Čelinac populated place; Census Year 2013: Total of 5,802 inhabitants
Census Year 1991. 1981. 1971.
Serbs 3,450 (71.03%) 1,798 (57.33%) 569 (43.07%)
Bosniaks 1,005 (20.69%) 817 (26.05%) 694 (52.53%)
Croats 51 (1.05%) 57 (1.81%) 32 (2.42%)
Yugoslavs 234 (4.81%) 402 (12.81%) 7 (0.52%)
Others and unknown 117 (2.41%) 49 (1.56%) 15 (1.14%)
Total 4,857 3,136 1,321


The following table gives a preview of total number of registred employed people per their core activity (as of 2016):[3]

Activity Total
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 94
Mining and quarrying -
Manufacturing 1,123
Distribution of power, gas, steam and air-conditioning 49
Distribution of water and water waste management 25
Construction 85
Wholesale and retail, repair 534
Transportation and storage 175
Hotels and restaurants 105
Information and communication 12
Finance and insurance 18
Real estate activities 2
Professional, scientific and technical activities 43
Administrative and support services 76
Public administration and defence 132
Education 253
Healthcare and social work 91
Art, entertainment and recreation 12
Other service activities 42
Total 2,871

See also[edit]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.nacional.hr/clanak/33106/smanjena-kazna-bivsem-potpredsjedniku-vlade-bosanskih-srba%7C publisher=Nacional| title=Smanjena kazna bivšem potpredsjedniku vlade bosanskih Srba.
  2. ^ "DA LI JE KARADŽIĆ BIO "NASILAN" ILI "VIOLENTAN"? - SENSE Agency - Vest". www.sense-agency.com. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Cities and Municipalities of Republika Srpska 2017" (PDF). rzs.rs.ba (in Serbian). December 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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