Panorama of Plav
|• Mayor||Mirsad Barjaktarević (SD)|
|• Ruling party||SD – DPS – BS – AA|
|• Town and municipality||328 km2 (127 sq mi)|
|• Density||28/km2 (70/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code||+382 51|
|ISO 3166-2 code||ME-13|
Plav (Montenegrin Cyrillic and Serbian Cyrillic: Плав, pronounced [plâv̞], Albanian: Plavë) is a town in north-eastern Montenegro. It has a population of 3,717 (2011 census). Plav is the centre of Plav Municipality (population of 9,081 following the formation of Gusinje Municipality).
After the Serbian-Venetian nobleman Mariano Bolizza in Cattaro (Kotor), who wrote the Relazione e descrizione del sangiacato di Scutari ("Relations and Description of the Sanjak of Scutari") in 1614 most of Plav was inhabitat by Albanians under the command of Sem Zaus (Cem Çaushi) of Podgorica.
The settlement of Plav itself was founded by the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman census organised in 1582-83 registered the Plav nahiyah within the Sanjak of Scutari with 18 villages; according to historian Milan Vasić all inhabitants had personal names with a Serbian character, and no Muslims were present.
From the mid-17th-century the Kelmend tribe from northern Albania and the Kuči tribe began settling the Plav-Gusinje ravine, competing with other Serbian and Muslim Albanian immigrants from Malësia and Montenegro, that were predominantly Serbian-speaking. The small towns of Plav and Gusinje were also of mixed population, whose mother tongue was Serbian. The province was inhabited by a Serbian population (including to a lesser extent a Muslim population of Serb origin and language) and an Albanian population.
In 1878, following the Treaty of Berlin, the city of Plav was ceded to Montenegro by the Ottoman Empire despite having a Muslim-majority population. However, armed resistance of the League of Prizren and their victory against Montenegrin troops at Battle of Novšiće (1879) prevented the implementation. Ottomans had to cede Ulcinj to Montenegro after pressure from the Great Powers in 1881. Plav finally became part of Montenegro after the First Balkan War in 1912.
In 1939, the population of Plav was estimated to have been predominantly Bosniak, while that of Gusinje predominantly Albanian and bilingual. The notable families of Plav at this time were the Medunjani, Šeović, Luković, and Šabović–Ferović.
In the area of the Plav municipality there are 13 sports clubs and societies that are actively engaged in sports and competitions. Some are in the First Montenegrin league and some in the Second Montenegrin league.
- Football Club Jezero
- Football Club Gusinje
- Football Club Polimlje
- Handball Club Plav
- Chess Club Jezero
- Karate Club Jezero
- Kayak Club Plavsko Jezero
- Sport Fishing Society Plavsko Jezero
- Mountaineering Skiing Society Kofiljaca
- Skiing-mountain Society Karanfil
- Mountaineering Society Visitor
- Hunting Society Rocks Plav
- Hunting Sports Society May carnation
- Basketball Club Balkanski Ris
Population of Plav (city)
- 1981 - 3,348
- 1991 - 4,073
- 2003 - 3,165
- 2011 - 3,717
Ethnic composition of Plav (city) in 2011
- Bosniaks – 2,806 (75,50%)
- Albanians – 341 (9,17%)
- Montenegrins – 182 (4,90%)
- Muslims – 175 (4,71%)
- Serbs – 165 (4,44%)
- Other – 48 (1,29%)
- Jakup Ferri, Albanian rebel
- Esad Mekuli, Albanian poet and scholar.
- Miodrag Džudović, footballer
- Mirsad Huseinovic, footballer
- Mersim Beskovic, footballer
- Ekrem Jevrić, singer
- Jashar Rexhepagiq, pedagogue and member of the Academy of Sciences of Kosovo
- Radovan Zogovic, writer
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