Ub, Serbia

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Town and municipality
Panoramic view on Ub
Panoramic view on Ub
Coat of arms of Ub
Coat of arms
Location of the municipality of Ub within Serbia
Location of the municipality of Ub within Serbia
Country  Serbia
Region Šumadija and Western Serbia
District Kolubara
Settlements 38
 • Mayor Darko Glišić (SNS (Serbia))
 • Municipality 456 km2 (176 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)[2]
 • Town 6,164
 • Municipality 29,022
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 14210
Area code +381 14
Car plates UB
Website www.opstinaub.org.rs

Ub (Serbian Cyrillic: Уб) is a town and municipality located in the Kolubara District of the western Serbia. In 2011, the population of the town is 6,164, while population of the municipality is 29,022.


The first communities established at the municipal territory of Ub, according to the historical traces and traces of human civilization discovered in the current settlements of Trlića, Kalinovac, Brgule, originated from the time of Vinča culture, in the period around 5000 BC. In the settlement of Čučuge today there are traces of the Bronze Age.

The most probable theory of the origin of the name is from the Latin word "urb", meaning "city". According to legends, the place was built in the reign of Prince Kocelj, and it was named after his brother Slavoljub. Over time, the names shortened to just "Ub".

The most important of the cultural and historical monuments of Ub is certainly the church - monastery in the village Dokmir, dating from the fifteenth century. Research suggests that the monastery was restored in 1415, so it is thought that the monastery dates from an earlier period. Also affiliated with the monastery are the nuns of the monastery Žitomislići in Herzegovina, who had fled from the horrors of war in Bosnia in early '90s.

The Tamnava area has preserved evidences of earlier styles and ways of life. In the mountain areas were fortresses, monasteries, churches and towers, and it is often difficult to reach such areas, but in the plains, monuments and buildings were often removed, leaving little trace, barely sufficient to preserve some features of the old life.


Apart from the town of Ub, the municipality consists of the following villages (2002 population given in parentheses):


According to the census of 2002, the municipality of Ub has 38 settlements and 1.993 households, with more than 32,000 inhabitants (15,978 men and 16,126 women). Of these, the urban settlement of Ub has a population of 8,000, while the other settlements have a range of population. The larger villages are Banjani, Vrelo, Takovo, Pambukovica and Sovljak. In addition to Serbs who make up almost 98% of the population, there were also significant Romani community (312 people, or 1%).

In terms of population density, as one of the criteria for defining the network of settlements, there is considerable variations. The total population of the entire municipal area is in decline, although the pace of depopulation in the previous census was somewhat less than previously. In the period 1991-2002, there was a decrease in population for the 1208. Natural increase in 2007, amounted to -7.4 ‰.


There are four elementary schools in the municipality: Elementary school "Milan Munjas" in Ub with 1359 students, "Rajko Mihajlović" in Banjani with 478, PS "Dušan Danilović" in Radljevo with 254 and PS "Sveti Sava" in Pambukovica with 179 students. Overall, primary education has 2270 students (school year 2009/10).

Secondary education facilities in the municipality of Ub are Gymnasium "Branislav Petronijević" with 190 students and Technical School" Ub "with 448 students. Students profile and interests that are acquired at the end of school (grammar school is general education profile, while a secondary technical school represented sections: machine in computer design, auto mechanics, body mechanic, waiter, cook, textile worker, trade technician, dealer, locksmith, locksmith and lathe), generally meet the needs of municipalities and the environment, which confirms the high occupancy rate, which generally meet existing needs. Equipment of schools is satisfactory.


The municipality of Ub is linked through a network of regional roads, allowing a good road connection with the municipal and regional centers that surround it. The municipality is connected through roads M-4, M-21 M-22 and M-19 with all other towns in Serbia. According to data from 2004, the total length of roads was 244 km (152 mi), of which 197 km (122 mi) of roads were surfaced with modern pavement.

The road network is in good condition, and in the years to come it is planned expansion and improvement. A projected Belgrade–Bar motorway goes through the territory of Ub. A junction is planned to be built 4 km (2 mi) from the town, in the village of Stublenica, 38 km (24 mi) from Belgrade. Near this area is the projected future industrial zone Ub East.

The industrial railway is passing through the territory and serves only to economic activity and to the open pit mines Kolubara. The city of Ub is located at 6 km (4 mi) from the nearest railway station in Lajkovac, on the Belgrade–Bar railway.

Belgrade Airport "Nikola Tesla" is 50 km (31 mi) away. Especially important transportation development opportunities and activities that monitor traffic can be achieved by building the Belgrade - Southern Adria highway route, which passes near the City of Ub.

The area of Ub is partially covered by a network of telecommunication facilities. According to the Republican Bureau of Statistics, in 2007 there were 8920 land phone subscribers.

Mineral resources[edit]

There are several mines and resource centers of coal (Radljevo field - 344,000,000 tones, Zvizdar field - 280,000,000 tones), clay, sand, stone and limestone.

The biggest producer of quartz sand in Serbia is "Kopovi a.d.", with overall production of over 400,000 tones per year.

Clay pits are based below the layers of sand and quartz sand. Municipality of Ub is the biggest supplier of high-quality clay in Serbia. There are more than 1,800,000 tones of clay.

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Coordinates: 44°27′22″N 20°4′26″E / 44.45611°N 20.07389°E / 44.45611; 20.07389