|Town and municipality|
Vlasotince, town centre
Location of the municipality of Vlasotince within Serbia
|Region||Southern and Eastern Serbia|
|• Municipality||308 km2 (119 sq mi)|
|Elevation||234 m (768 ft)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code||+381 16|
Vlasotince (Serbian Cyrillic: Власотинце) is a town and municipality located in Jablanica District of the southern Serbia. The municipality has 29,669 inhabitants, while the town itself has a population of 15,830 (2011 census).
According to Turkish records, the town existed in the 15th century as a Turkish administrative center. After the Turks were forced out of Serbia, locals started growing wine grapes as a kind of complementary business to their building activities. They made Vlasotince the number one wine region in the former Yugoslavia and furthermore the biggest wine exporter in the Balkans. The craftsmanship and building skills of workers and builders from this region were appreciated in the former Yugoslavia and its surrounding neighbours until the Yugoslav Wars.
Ethnic composition of the municipality:
Aside from the town of Vlasotince, the municipality includes the following settlements:
- Borin Dol
- Crna Bara (Vlasotince)
- Gornja Lopušnja
- Gornja Lomnica
- Gornji Dejan
- Gornji Orah
- Gornji Prisjan
- Donje Gare
- Donji Dejan
- Donja Lopušnja
- Donja Lomnica
- Donji Prisjan
- Kukavica (Vlasotince)
- Ravna Gora (Vlasotince)
- Ravni Del
- Nenad Filipović, athletics
- Predrag Filipović, athletics
- Slaviša Stojanović, football coach
- Tihomir Stanojevic (first commander of police of Belgrade )
- Bogoljub Mitić, actor and comedian
- "Municipalities of Serbia, 2006". Statistical Office of Serbia. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
- "2011 Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in the Republic of Serbia: Comparative Overview of the Number of Population in 1948, 1953, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2002 and 2011, Data by settlements" (PDF). Statistical Office of Republic Of Serbia, Belgrade. 2014. ISBN 978-86-6161-109-4. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
- "2011 Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in the Republic of Serbia" (PDF). stat.gov.rs. Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
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