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Bački Petrovac (Serbian: Бачки Петровац, Bački Petrovac, Slovak: Petrovec or Báčsky Petrovec, Hungarian: Petrőc, Croatian: Bački Petrovac) is a town and municipality in the South Bačka District of Vojvodinamarker, Serbiamarker. The town has a population of 6,731, while Bački Petrovac municipality has 14,649 inhabitants.

Inhabited places

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.

History

Being in south Bačkamarker 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, chlerical and political center of the Slovaks in this region.

Economy

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 80% of population. Other ethnic groups are: Serbs (3,779 or 25.74%), Yugoslavs (293 or 1.99%), and others.

Settlements by ethnic majority

Settlements with Slovak majorities are: Bački Petrovac (Slovak: Báčsky Petrovec), Gložan (Slovak: Hložany), and Kulpin (Slovak: Kulpin). There is one settlement with a Serb majority: Maglić.

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 Bačkamarker (hence the name), some 25 km northwest of Novi Sadmarker, the capital of Vojvodinamarker. 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


Politics

Seats in the municipality parliament won in the 2004 local elections: [84139]
  • Democratic Party (7)
  • G17 Plus (5)
  • Together for Vojvodina (4)
  • Serbian Radical Party (3)
  • Group of the citizens "For changes" (3)
  • Socialist Party of Serbia (2)
  • Group of the citizens - Socialdemocratic Party (2)
  • Slovak People's Party (2)
  • Group of the citizens of Kulpin "For municipality of Bački Petrovac" (2)
  • Serbian Strength Movement (1)


International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Bački Petrovac is twinned with:

See also



References

  • Slobodan Ćurčić, Broj stanovnika Vojvodine, Novi Sad, 1996.


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