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Грачац (Serbian)[1]
Municipality of Gračac
Općina Gračac
Општина Грачац
Gračac is located in Croatia
Coordinates: 44°17′56″N 15°50′49″E / 44.299°N 15.847°E / 44.299; 15.847Coordinates: 44°17′56″N 15°50′49″E / 44.299°N 15.847°E / 44.299; 15.847
 • Municipal mayorNataša Turbić (HDZ)
 • Total957.22 km2 (369.58 sq mi)
 • Total4,690
 • Density4.9/km2 (13/sq mi)
Postal code
23 440
Area code(s)+385(0)23
Vehicle registrationZD

Gračac (pronounced [grǎtʃats] (About this soundlisten) is a municipality in the southern part of Lika, Croatia. The municipality is administratively part of Zadar County.

Gračac is located south of Udbina, northeast of Obrovac, northwest of Knin and southeast of Gospić.


The total municipality population is 4,690 (census 2011), in the following settlements:[3]


Gračac was ruled by Ottoman Empire between 1527 and 1687 (nominally to 1699) as part of the Sanjak of Lika in the Bosnia Eyalet before Austrian conquest. The 1712–14 census of Lika and Krbava registered 1,711 inhabitants, out of whom 1,655 were Vlachs, 53 were Catholic Bunjevci and 3 were Catholic Croats.[4][5] In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Gračac was part of the Lika-Krbava County of the Kingdom of Serbia-Croatia and Slovenia.

The area of Gračac was not part of the Austro-Hungarian crown land of Dalmatia, but it is often perceived as part of Dalmatia in the modern sense because of its inclusion in Zadar County.


Population by ethnicity
Year of census total Croats Serbs Others
1961 17,586 3,736 (21.24%) 13,670 (77.73%) 180 (1.02%)
1971 14,819 3,107 (20.97%) 11,318 (76.37%) 394 (2.66%)
1981 11,863 2,150 (18.12%) 8,578 (72.31%) 1135 (9.57%)
1991 10,434 1,697 (16.26%) 8,371 (80.22%) 366 (3.51%)
2001 3,923 2,260 (57.61%) 1,523 (38.82%) 140 (3.57%)
2011 4,690 2,528 (53.90%) 2,118 (45.16%) 44 (0.94%)

Note: in some censa, parts of the population listed themselves as Yugoslavs instead of Serb or Croat.


The name Gračac is derived from "gradina" which means an old abandoned castle. Near the town there are Lake Štikada and the karst field of Gračac. The Cerovac caves nearby are open for tourists. The town is on the way into the Lika region of Zadar county, and the surroundings offer good hunting game.

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  1. ^ Government of Croatia (October 2013). "Peto izvješće Republike Hrvatske o primjeni Europske povelje o regionalnim ili manjinskim jezicima" (PDF) (in Croatian). Council of Europe. p. 36. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Općine na područjima posebne državne skrbi Republike Hrvatske" (PDF). Croatian Chamber of Economy. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Gračac". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  4. ^ Šarić, Marko (2009). "Predmoderne etnije u Lici i Krbavi prema popisu iz 1712./14.". In Željko Holjevac (ed.). Identitet Like: Korijeni i razvitak (PDF) (in Croatian). 1. Zagreb: Institut društvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar. p. 375. ISBN 978-953-6666-65-2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  5. ^ Karl Kaser, POPIS LIKE I KRBAVE 1712. GODINE, (prijevod s njemačkog: Sanja Lazanin), 2003. #page=19

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