Derventa

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Derventa
Дервента
Town and municipality
Aerial view of Derventa
Aerial view of Derventa
Official seal of Derventa
Seal
Location of Derventa within Republika Srpska
Location of Derventa within Republika Srpska
Coordinates: 44°59′N 17°54′E / 44.983°N 17.900°E / 44.983; 17.900Coordinates: 44°59′N 17°54′E / 44.983°N 17.900°E / 44.983; 17.900
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Entity Republika Srpska
Geographical region Posavina
Government
 • Mayor Milorad Simić (SNSD)
 • Municipality 516.84 km2 (199.55 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Town 12,680
 • Municipality 27,404
 • Municipality density 53/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code(s) 53
Website www.derventa.ba

Derventa (Serbian Cyrillic: Дервента) is a town and municipality located in Republika Srpska, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is situated in the Posavina region, northwest of Doboj. As of 2013, the town has a population of 12,680 inhabitants, while the municipality has 27,404 inhabitants.

Geography[edit]

The Derventa municipality borders with Brod, Modriča, Doboj, Stanari, Prnjavor and Srbac, as well as Croatia across the Sava river. It has an area of 517 km2 (200 sq mi) and includes 57 villages in addition to the actual town of Derventa.

The town of Derventa lies on the river Ukrina, and roads lead from it to Brod, Kotorsko (Doboj), Prnjavor (Banja Luka) and Srbac.

The town has a suburb called Derventski Lug which has grown substantially in recent years due to growth of Municipality.

History[edit]

From 1929 to 1939, Derventa was part of the Vrbas Banovina and from 1939 to 1941 of the Banovina of Croatia within the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

Settlements[edit]

Aside from the town of Derventa, the following settlements comprise the municipality:

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
194843,787—    
195353,592+4.12%
197156,141+0.26%
198157,010+0.15%
199156,489−0.09%
201327,404−3.23%

According to the 2013 census results, it has a population of 27,404 inhabitants. The most recent census in the country was carried out between 1–15 October 2013. It was the first census in the country since the Bosnian War.[1]

Ethnic groups[edit]

The ethnic composition:

Town
Town Population
Year Serbs  % Bosniaks  % Croats  % Yugoslavs  % Others  % Total
1971 2,496 21.10% 5,065 42.83% 3,439 29.08% 459 3.88% 365 3.08% 11,824
1981 2,934 20.43% 4,593 31.99% 3,727 25.95% 2,799 19.49% 304 2.11% 14,357
1991 4,555 25.66% 5,558 31.31% 4,317 24.32% 2,623 14.77% 695 3.91% 17,748
Municipality
Municipality Population
Year Serbs  % Bosniaks  % Croats  % Yugoslavs  % Others  % Total
1971 23,124 41.18% 6,548 11.66% 25,228 44.93% 575 1.02% 666 1.18% 56,141
1981 22,840 40.06% 6,034 10.58% 23,629 41.44% 3,752 6.58% 755 1.32% 57,010
1991 22,938 40.60% 7,086 12.54% 21,952 38.86% 3,348 5.92% 1,165 2.06% 56,489
2013 22,349 81.55% 1,895 6.91% 2,573 9.38% 0.00 0.00% 277 1.01% 27,404

Sports[edit]

The most popular sport in Derventa is football and the city has a long footballing tradition. Derventa's first football club was formed in 1919 under the name FK Dečko. Several other sports associations formed in Derventa prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. The war caused the dissolution of all previous clubs in Derventa and the formation of FK Tekstilac, who merged with FK Dečko. FK Tekstilac still competes today in the First League of the Republika Srpska and its home ground is Gradski Stadion FK Tekstilac, which has an attendance capacity of around 500 spectators. Derventa's most successful sports team is RK Derventa, which currently competes in the Premier league of Bosnia and Herzegovina for handball, which is the nation's top professional handball division. Derventa is known throughout the region for its tradition of handball excellence, creating many great players as well as having a very successful club given that it is such a small city.[2]

Gallery[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Zvonimir Grabovac (a.k.a. Janje), football player

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