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Šavnik (Cyrillic: Шавник) is a small town in northern Montenegromarker. It has a population of 570 (2003 census).

Šavnik is the centre of Šavnik municipality (population 2,947) and unofficial centre of Drobnjaci region, home of the Drobnjaci tribe.


Šavnik is a relatively new settlement, founded in 1861. It was populated by internal migrants from other parts of Montenegro, mostly craftsmen, which were needed by local farmers. The town quickly became a center for the Drobnjaci region, and incorporated a post office, school, primary court, and military post.

Industrialization during the SFRYmarker era mostly bypassed Šavnik, so did any major transit road or rail links, so the economy of town went into stagnation. Population of Šavnik and entire municipality is since in slow but steady decrease. Most of the residents are migrating to Nikšićmarker and southern Montenegro, and Šavnik is often a synonym for a poor and deteriorating town.

The future road Risan - Nikšić - Šavnik - Žabljakmarker, and proximity of Žabljak as a main mountain tourist resort in Montenegro may boost Šavnik's economic prospects.


Šavnik is administrative centre of Šavnik municipality, which has 2,947 residents. The town of Šavnik itself has a population of 570.

Šavnik municipality has the smallest population of all Montenegrin municipalities. The town of Šavnik is also the capital of municipality in Montenegro with fewest residents.

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Population of Municipality Šavnik (2003 census):


Šavnik is situated on a regional road halfway between Nikšićmarker and Žabljakmarker, and it is its only link with the rest of Montenegro.

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