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Map of Saborsko municipality within the Karlovac County
Map of Saborsko municipality within the Karlovac County
Saborsko is located in Croatia
Location of Saborsko in Croatia
Coordinates: 44°59′01″N 15°28′43″E / 44.98356°N 15.478561°E / 44.98356; 15.478561

Saborsko is a village and municipality in Karlovac County, Croatia. The municipality is part of Lika.


It is country-side mountain resort, situated in a curved, long and narrow valley. The altitude of the place is 630-900 m. 1 / 4 of the Saborsko is located in National Park Plitvice Lakes.


In the 2011 census, the total municipality population was 632, in the following settlements:[1]

In the 2001 census, there were 870 inhabitants, of whom 78.5% (675) were Croats and 19.19% (165) were Serbs.[citation needed]

Saborsko inhabited place:[2]

  • 2001 - 666
  • 1991 - 852 (Croats - 800 Serbs - 18, other - 34)
  • 1981 - 1127 (Croats - 1081, Serbs - 38, Yugoslavs - 4, others - 4)
  • 1971 - 1,519 (Croats - 1476, Serbs - 34, Yugoslavs - 1, other - 8)
  • 1961 - 1832
  • 1951 - 2062
  • 1948 - 2165


Saborsko is the first time mentioned in Modruš Feudal Law (Latin: urbarium) in the 1486th.

In the World War II, the Chetniks killed 48 civilians in Saborsko, including seven boys and girls aged 6-14.

In Croatian War of Independence, Saborsko was defended for several months, but eventually, in November 1991, the JNA and nearly 1000 members of paramilitary groups broke the defences, supported with nine military aircraft, 43 tanks, howitzers and a dozen VBR's. The assault destroyed all the houses along with the parish church, and afterwards the Serb forces committed the Saborsko massacre, in which 29 civilians were killed. A total of 48 citizens of Saborsko were killed in 1991.

Return to Saborsko was slow because of a lack of housing, jobs, and a danger of mines. At first, only the elderly people returned. The Croatian Government organized the rebuilding of family homes and common buildings, including the parish church. Yet, few families have returned, especially those with children.

The natural beauty and protected areas[edit]

The richness and beauty of Saborsko is most evident in the virgin forest mountain nature. The area abounds with mountain streams, lakes, dense forests and unspoiled countless species of wildlife. To be preserved further, many areas of the municipality Saborsko are protected.

  • Mala Kapela mountain
  • Lake Blata
  • River Jesenica

Protected areas

Monuments and landmarks[edit]

  • The old parish church from 1726, worldwide cultural heritage monument.
  • The parish church of St. John Nepomuk built in 2001
  • Monument to the fallen Croatian soldiers


  1. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Saborsko". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. 
  2. ^ CD ROM: "Settlements and Population of Croatia 1857-2001. The" Issue of the Central Bureau of Statistics Croatian, Zagreb, 2005.

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