Vrbas, Serbia

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Town and municipality
Vrbas centar.jpeg
Flag of Vrbas
Coat of arms of Vrbas
Coat of arms
Location of the municipality of Vrbas within Serbia
Location of the municipality of Vrbas within Serbia
Coordinates: 45°34′N 19°39′E / 45.567°N 19.650°E / 45.567; 19.650Coordinates: 45°34′N 19°39′E / 45.567°N 19.650°E / 45.567; 19.650
Country  Serbia
Province Vojvodina
District South Bačka
Settlements 7
 • Mayor Željko Vidović
 • Municipality 376 km2 (145 sq mi)
Elevation 85 m (279 ft)
Population (2011 census)[2]
 • Town 24,112
 • Municipality 42,092
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 21460
Area code +381 21
Car plates VS
Website www.vrbas.net

Vrbas (Serbian Cyrillic: Врбас, Hungarian: Verbász) is a town and municipality located in the South Bačka District of the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. As of 2011, the town had a population of 24,112, while the municipality had 42,092 inhabitants.


Its name stems from the word "Willow" in the Serbian language. During the SFRY period, the town was renamed Titov Vrbas (meaning "the Vrbas of Tito"), after Josip Broz Tito. Like all other towns in Socialist Yugoslavia named after Tito, the first part was dropped once the new states were formed during the early 1990s.

In Rusyn, the town is known as Вербас, in Hungarian as Verbász, in Croatian as Vrbas, in German as Werbass, and in Turkish as Verbas.


NEU-VERBASZ in the Empire of Austria in 1859

Vrbas was mentioned first in 1213 during the administration of the Kingdom of Hungary. According to other sources, it was mentioned first in 1387.[3] In the 16th century it became a part of the Ottoman Empire. During Ottoman administration it was populated by ethnic Serbs.[4]

Since the Treaty of Passarowitz (1718), Vrbas and the Banat were placed under administration of the Habsburg Monarchy. According to the 1720 census, it was populated exclusively by Serbs (about 250 families[5]).[6]

After 1784 many Germans settled in the town founding a new settlement named Novi Vrbas (Neu-Verbasz) near the old Serb settlement, which then became known as Stari Vrbas (Old Vrbas).

In 1910, population of Novi Vrbas was mostly composed of ethnic Germans, while population of Stari Vrbas was ethnically mixed and was mainly composed of Serbs and Germans.[7]

In 1918, Vrbas became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which was later renamed to Yugoslavia. The town was under Axis occupation in 1941-1944, and during that time it was attached to Horthy's Hungary. As a consequence of the World War II events in Yugoslavia, the German population fled from the town after this war. At the same time, many settlers from Montenegro came to Vrbas and other neighboring places.

Inhabited places[edit]

Vrbas municipality includes the city of Vrbas and the following villages:


The Orthodox church.
Churches in Vrbas.
Map of Vrbas municipality
Vrbas Flag

Historical population of the town[edit]

  • 1961: 19,316
  • 1971: 22,496
  • 1981: 25,143
  • 1991: 25,858
  • 2011: 23,910

Ethnic groups[edit]


According to the 2011 census the municipality of Vrbas had a total population of 42,092, including:[8]

Settlements with Serb ethnic majority are: Bačko Dobro Polje, Zmajevo, Kosančić, Ravno Selo and Vrbas. Ethnically mixed settlements are: Kucura (with relative Rusyn majority) and Savino Selo (with relative Montenegrin majority).



According to the 2002 census, 85% of inhabitants of the Vrbas municipality speak Serbian as mother tongue. Other spoken languages include Rusyn (8%), Hungarian (4%) and Ukrainian (1%).


The following table gives a preview of total number of employed people per their core activity (as of 2016):[9]

Activity Total
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 404
Mining -
Processing industry 2,733
Distribution of power, gas and water 110
Distribution of water and water waste management 197
Construction 103
Wholesale and retail, repair 1,258
Traffic, storage and communication 774
Hotels and restaurants 262
Media and telecommunications 54
Finance and insurance 131
Property stock and charter 7
Professional, scientific, innovative and technical activities 283
Administrative and other services 469
Administration and social assurance 556
Education 676
Healthcare and social work 1,074
Art, leisure and recreation 178
Other services 106
Total 9,375


Seats in the municipal parliament won in the 2004 local elections: [1]

  • Serbian Radical Party (14)
  • Democratic Party (9)
  • Socialist Party of Serbia (4)
  • People's Democratic Party (2)
  • Democratic Party of Serbia (2)
  • New Social Democracy of Vojvodina (2)
  • Strength of Serbia Movement (2)
  • G17 Plus (1)

Notable citizens[edit]


See also[edit]


  • Slobodan Ćurčić, Broj stanovnika Vojvodine, Novi Sad, 1996.
  1. ^ "Municipalities of Serbia, 2006". Statistical Office of Serbia. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ Dr Slobodan Ćurčić, Naselja Bačke - geografske karakteristike, Novi Sad, 2007, page 220.
  4. ^ Dr Slobodan Ćurčić, Naselja Bačke - geografske karakteristike, Novi Sad, 2007, page 220.
  5. ^ Dr Slobodan Ćurčić, Naselja Bačke - geografske karakteristike, Novi Sad, 2007, page 220.
  6. ^ Ivan Jakšić, Iz popisa stanovništva Ugarske početkom XVIII veka, Novi Sad, 1966.
  7. ^ http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/3899/vojvodina1910.png
  8. ^ "Population by ethnicity – Vrbas". Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia (SORS). Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "ОПШТИНЕ И РЕГИОНИ У РЕПУБЛИЦИ СРБИЈИ, 2017" (PDF). stat.gov.rs (in Serbian). Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. Retrieved 16 March 2018. 

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