Raška District

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Raška District
Рашки округ
Raški okrug
District of Serbia
Location of the Raška District within Serbia
Location of the Raška District within Serbia
Country  Serbia
Region Šumadija and Western Serbia
Capital Kraljevo
Largest city Novi Pazar
 • Commissioner Nebojša Simović
 • Total 3,918 km2 (1,513 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 309,258
 • Density 78.9/km2 (204/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code RS-18
Municipalities 3 and 2 cities
Settlements 359
- Cities and towns 9
- Villages 350
Website raski.okrug.gov.rs

The Raška District (Serbian: Рашки округ / Raški okrug, pronounced [râʃkiː ôkruːɡ]) is one of eight administrative districts of Šumadija and Western Serbia. It expands to the south-western part of the country. According to the 2011 census results, it has a population of 309,258 inhabitants. The administrative center of the Raška district is Kraljevo.


The district encompasses the municipalities of:


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1948 186,092 —    
1953 206,008 +2.05%
1961 228,991 +1.33%
1971 251,230 +0.93%
1981 282,644 +1.19%
1991 300,274 +0.61%
2002 291,230 −0.28%
2011 309,258 +0.67%
Source: [1]

According to the last official census done in 2011, the Raška District has 309,258 inhabitants. 53.2% of the population lives in the urban areas. Ethnic composition of the district:[2]

Ethnic group Population
Serbs 188,208
Bosniaks 105,488
Muslims 5,255
Romani 2,435
Montenegrins 740
Gorani 334
Macedonians 289
Albanians 267
Croats 215
Yugoslavs 214
Others 5,813
Total 309,258

Society and culture[edit]


At the outskirts of Kraljevo stands the Žiča monastery. This spiritual center of the Serbian medieval state was built around 1220, to become also the center of newly founded Serbian Arch-episcopacy.

The Studenica monastery was built in the late twelfth century, as the endowment of the Serb ruler Stefan Nemanja, who endowed it richly with the icons and books. After he had become a monk and left for Serbian Hilandar on the Mt. Athos, his older son Stefan, later named the "First-Crowned", took his place in taking care over the monastery. In the vicinity of Novi Pazar stands the Sopoćani monastery, built around 1260 as the endowment of King Stefan Uros I, the son of King Stephen the First-Crowned. The primary and major value of the Sopoćani monastery are its frescoes, by which it ranks among the best examples of the European medieval painting.


There are three universities located in the Raška District:



Economy of the Raška District is domineered by the "Magnohrom" non-metal and electronics industry, Kraljevo Rail Car Factory, "Jasen" wood-processing industry, and the "Electro Serbia". Other well known factories and companies form Kraljevo are "Amiga Kraljevo" (street lights) and "Metalservis" pipes factory.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 43°44′N 20°40′E / 43.733°N 20.667°E / 43.733; 20.667


  1. ^ "2011 Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in the Republic of Serbia" (PDF). stat.gov.rs. Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Попис становништва, домаћинстава и станова 2011. у Републици Србији" (PDF). stat.gov.rs. Republički zavod za statistiku. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 

Note: All official material made by Government of Serbia is public by law. Information was taken from www.srbija.gov.rs.

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