Crna Trava

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Coordinates: 42°48′36.53″N 22°17′56.43″E / 42.8101472°N 22.2990083°E / 42.8101472; 22.2990083

Crna Trava
Црна Трава
Village and municipality
View on Crna Trava
View on Crna Trava
Location of the municipality of Crna Trava within Serbia
Location of the municipality of Crna Trava within Serbia
Country  Serbia
Region Southern and Eastern Serbia
District Jablanica
Settlements 25
Government
 • Mayor Slavoljub Blagojević (PSS)
Area[1]
 • Municipality 312 km2 (120 sq mi)
Elevation 964 m (3,163 ft)
Population (2011 census)[2]
 • Town 452
 • Municipality 1,661
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 16215
Area code +381 16
Car plates LE

Crna Trava (Serbian Cyrillic: Црна Трава, Serbian pronunciation: [t͡sr̩̂ːnaː trǎːʋa]) is a village and municipality located in the Jablanica District of the southern Serbia. According to 2011 census, the population of the village is 452 inhabitants, while population of the municipality is 1,661. This is the poorest municipality in the country.[3]

Name[edit]

The name of the village in Serbian translates to Black Grass. The origin of the name dates back to 1389, when Battle of Kosovo took place. A Serbian army unit, composed of Serbian archers and cavaliers, decided to take a rest on a grass field while travelling to the battlefield. Since the flowers and other herbs covering the field were highly poisonous, the soldiers became intoxicated, thereby they did not wake up on time for the battle. Realizing that fact, they cursed the grass that poisoned them, branding it "black" grass.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1948 13,614 —    
1953 12,902 −5.2%
1961 12,319 −4.5%
1971 9,672 −21.5%
1981 6,366 −34.2%
1991 3,789 −40.5%
2002 2,563 −32.4%
2011 1,663 −35.1%
Source: [4]

Crna Trava, along with the rest of Vlasina region, suffers from heavy depopulation, chiefly for economic reasons. According to the 2011 census results, the municipality of Crna Trava has a population of 1,663 inhabitants.

Ethnic groups[edit]

Ethnic composition of the municipality:

Ethnic group Population
Serbs 1,641
Bulgarians 5
Gorani 3
Russians 2
Others 12
Total 1,663

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