|Municipality and Town|
Evangelical Church in Bački Petrovac
|Coordinates: 45°21′38″N 19°35′30″E / 45.36056°N 19.59167°ECoordinates: 45°21′38″N 19°35′30″E / 45.36056°N 19.59167°E|
|District||South Bačka District|
|• Mayor||Pavel Marčok|
|• Bački Petrovac||160 km2 (61 sq mi)|
|Elevation||86 m (282 ft)|
|• Bački Petrovac||6,063|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Bački Petrovac (Serbian Cyrillic: Бачки Петровац, Slovak: Báčsky Petrovec) is a town and municipality in the South Bačka District of Vojvodina, Serbia. The town has a population of 6,063, while Bački Petrovac municipality has 13,302 inhabitants.
Bački Petrovac municipality includes the town of Bački Petrovac and the following villages:
Note: for the places with Slovak majority, the names are also given in Slovak.
Bački Petrovac is economical, cultural and administrative center of the municipality. It is a settlement of a town character, while the other three are villages of Pannonian type.
Being in south Bačka which according to special climatic and other conditions is one of the most fertile parts of Serbia, very suitable for settling down, here in this region people made their settlements very early. The first written records about Petrovac appears in the 13th century when Petrovac is mentioned as a church parish belonging to Bač County. Later that name is changed into Petrovac. Its first inhabitants were the Hungarians and Serbs. In the first half of the 18th century (1745) the Slovaks settled here. Since then Petrovac developed so that it represents cultural, economic, clerical and political center of the Slovaks in this region.
Agriculture is the most important economic activity based on the production of field crops (wheat, corn, broom weed, sugar beet, hop), cattle, breeding dud ponetry and vegetable crops. Besides agriculture there is also some industry manufacture, metal and chemical. Manufacture of wood civil engineering, printing activities, etc.
Demographics (2002 census)
Ethnic groups in the municipality
The ethnic Slovaks form a majority of the population in the municipality. There are 9,751 ethnic Slovaks in the municipality or 66% of population. Other ethnic groups are: Serbs (3,779 or 25.74%), Yugoslavs (293 or 1.99%), and others.
Settlements by ethnic majority
Ethnic groups in the town
Population of the town of Bački Petrovac include 5,549 Slovaks, 573 Serbs, 169 Yugoslavs, and others.
The town is located in southern Bačka (hence the name), some 25 km northwest of Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina. It is the cultural center of Slovaks in the province, and other places in the eponymous municipalities are also inhabited by many Slovaks.
Historical population of the town
- 1961: 8,104
- 1971: 7,822
- 1981: 7,729
- 1991: 7,236
- Democratic Party (10)
- G17 Plus (3)
- LSV (5)
- LDP (3)
- Socialist Party of Serbia (3)
- Slovak Vojvodina Party (2)
- United Serbia (2)
- SNS (2)
Twin towns — Sister cities
Bački Petrovac is twinned with:
- Babušnica, Serbia
- Martin, Slovakia
- Nitra, Slovakia
- Ružomberok, Slovakia
- Stará Ľubovňa, Slovakia
- Vukovar, Croatia
- Slobodan Ćurčić, Broj stanovnika Vojvodine, Novi Sad, 1996.
- Bački Petrovac municipality (Serbian) and (Slovak)
- Ján Kollár Grammar School (Slovak) and (English)
- Petrovec Online community (Slovak)
- Matica slovenská v Srbsku (Slovak)
- Vladimír Hurban Vladimírov Theatre (Slovak)
- Hlas Ľudu weekly magazine (Slovak)
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