Podgorica Capital City

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Podgorica Capital City

Glavni grad Podgorica
Главни град Подгорица
Coat of arms of Podgorica Capital City
Coat of arms
Podgorica in Montenegro.svg
Coordinates: 42°28′12″N 19°16′48″E / 42.47000°N 19.28000°E / 42.47000; 19.28000Coordinates: 42°28′12″N 19°16′48″E / 42.47000°N 19.28000°E / 42.47000; 19.28000
Country Montenegro
Number of settlements143 (136 rural, 7 urban)
 • Total1,441 km2 (556 sq mi)
 • Total185,937
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)

Podgorica Capital City (Montenegrin: Glavni grad Podgorica / Главни град Подгорица) is one of the territorial subdivisions of Montenegro. The seat of municipality is the city of Podgorica.


As with other Montenegrin municipalities, the city and the municipality of Podgorica are governed by the same mayor and city assembly, forming one political body. See politics of Podgorica.


Municipality of Podgorica is the only Montenegrin municipality to have city municipality (Montenegrin Latin: gradska opština) - Golubovci (and Tuzi until 2018). Those are semi-independent municipalities, with limited self-governing powers. The entire municipality of Podgorica is further divided into 57 local communities (Montenegrin Latin: mjesne zajednice, singular: mjesna zajednica), bodies in which the citizens participate in decisions on matters of relevance to the local community.


The municipality of Podgorica is located in central eastern part of Montenegro, covering an area of 1,441 km², thus being the second largest Montenegrin municipality, after Nikšić. It occupies the area north of Skadar Lake, including the entire Zeta Plain, and stretches north into the sparsely populated Dinaric Alps. Thus, the municipality occupies geographically very diverse area, ranging from the fertile lowlands in the south, to the rugged mountain ranges in the north.


Podgorica municipality can be viewed as the metropolitan area of the city of Podgorica. Population of the municipality was 185.937 in 2011.

Population by settlement[edit]

Urban settlements
Settlement Population (2003)
Podgorica 136,473
Tuzi 3,789
Golubovci 2,869
Mojanovići 1,850
Mataguži 1,299
Mahala 1,235
Goričani 1,205


Ethnicity in 2011 (municipality)
Ethnicity Number Percentage
Montenegrins 106,642 57.35%
Serbs 43,248 23.26%
Albanians 9,538 5.13%
Muslims 4,122 2.22%
Romani 3,988 2.14%
Bosniaks 3,687 1.98%
Croats 664 0.36%
Others 1,222 0.66%

Population history[edit]

Historical population
1948 48,599—    
1953 55,669+14.5%
1961 72,319+29.9%
1971 98,796+36.6%
1981 132,290+33.9%
1991 146,121+10.5%
2003 169,132+15.7%
2011 185,937+9.9%