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Regions of Serbia

For administrative division, see Statistical regions of Serbia.

The regions of Serbia include geographical and, to the lesser extent, traditional and historical areas. Geographical regions have no official status, though some of them are used as a basis for the second-level administrative divisions of Serbia, okrugs (Districts of Serbia). Not being administratively defined, the boundaries of the regions are in many cases vague, they overlap or are variously defined by different geographers and publications, not also in the sense of regions extension, but also whether they are separate geographical entities or parts of other super-regions, etc.

For the most part, regions correspond to the valleys or the watershed areas of rivers and were simply named after them (some even a millennium ago) while boundaries are often mountain ridges and peaks. In some cases, it may refer only to the inhabited parts of the valleys (see župa).

Valley and plains along the largest rivers are special cases. In Serbian language they are usually formed with the prefix po- (Sava – Posavina, Danube (Dunav) – Podunavlje, Tisa – Potisje, etc.). Considered geographical regions per se, they are usually being very elongated and covering large areas (Pomoravlje), sometimes spreading through several different countries (Posavina, Potisje, Podrinje, etc.). For the most part they overlap with other, smaller regions established during history along their course, in most case named after the tributaries of the main river (most notably, in the case of all three sections of Pomoravlje).

For the purpose of easier presentation in the tables, territory of Serbia is roughly divided into six geographical sections: northern, western, central, eastern, south-western and south. Thus, tables do not follow the political divisions, but the belonging of the regions to the provinces of Vojvodina and Kosovo is noted. Since the NATO bombing of 1999 and Albanian declaration of independence in February 2008, regions in Kosovo are part of the disputed area.

Northern Serbia

Region Population centers Notes
Bačka Novi Sad, Subotica part of Vojvodina; partially in Hungary (Bácska)
Gornji Breg Gornji Breg sub-region of Bačka
Potisje Bečej, Senta sub-region of both Bačka and Banat
Šajkaška Temerin, Žabalj sub-region of Bačka
Telečka Vrbas, Kula sub-region of Bačka
Banat Zrenjanin, Pančevo part of Vojvodina; partially in Romania, Hungary (Bánság) and Central Serbia
Gornje Livade sub-region of Banat
Ilandžanski Rit Ilandža, Lokve sub-region of Banat
Pančevački Rit Borča, Krnjača sub-region of Banat; part of Central Serbia
Pomorišje Novi Kneževac, Srpski Krstur today considered sub-region of Banat; partially in Hungary and Romania
Repište Knićanin sub-region of Banat
Veliki Rit north-west of Vršac sub-region of Banat
Srem Belgrade, Sremska Mitrovica part of Vojvodina; partially in Central Serbia and Croatia (Srijem)
Crni Lug Progar, Boljevci sub-region of Podlužje
Kupinovski Kut Kupinovo sub-region of Podlužje
Podlužje Jakovo, Hrtkovci sub-region of Srem; partially in Central Serbia

Western Serbia

Region Population centers Notes
Kolubara Valjevo, Lazarevac partially in Vojvodina
Podgorina Valjevo, Mionica sub-region of Kolubara ("Upper Kolubara")
Mačva Šabac, Bogatić partially in Vojvodina
Pocerina Petkovica, Tekeriš
Podrinje Loznica, Bajina Bašta partially in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Azbukovica Ljubovija, Ljuboviđa sub-region of Podrinje
Jadar Loznica, Osečina sub-region of Podrinje
Lešnica Lešnica, Lipnički Šor sub-region of Podrinje
Posavina Obrenovac, Zvečka geographically, part of a much larger area stretchting through Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
Rađevina Krupanj, Pecka
Tamnava Ub, Koceljeva

Central Serbia

Region Population centers Notes
Šumadija Belgrade, Kragujevac
Belica Jagodina, Majur sub-region of Šumadija
Gruža Knić, Gruža sub-region of Šumadija
Jasenica Aranđelovac, Smederevska Palanka sub-region of Šumadija
Kačer Ljig, Belanovica sub-region of Šumadija
Kosmaj Mladenovac, Sopot sub-region of Šumadija
Lepenica Kragujevac, Batočina sub-region of Šumadija
Levač Rekovac, Velike Pčelice sub-region of Šumadija; formerly called Levče
Lugomir minor settlements sub-region of Šumadija
Takovo Gornji Milanovac sub-region of Šumadija
Temnić Varvarin, Velika Drenova sub-region of Šumadija
Podunavlje Smederevo, Grocka
Veliko Pomoravlje Velika Plana, Ćuprija part of Pomoravlje
Zapadno Pomoravlje Čačak, Kraljevo part of Pomoravlje
Crna Gora Kosjerić, Ježevica sub-region of Zapadno Pomoravlje; not to be confused with Montenegro
Rasina Kruševac, Parunovac
Župa Aleksandrovac, Gornje Rataje

Eastern Serbia

Region Population centers Notes
Banja Sokobanja, Mozgovo
Braničevo Veliko Gradište, Carevac
Homolje Žagubica, Krepoljin
Stig Kostolac, Malo Crniće
Crna Reka Podgorac, Gamzigrad
Ključ Kladovo, Brza Palanka
Kučaj sparsely populated
Mlava Petrovac na Mlavi, Veliko Laole
Poreč Donji Milanovac, Rudna Glava not to be confused with Poreč in Croatia
Svrljig Svrljig
Vlasina Vlasotince
Resava Svilajnac, Despotovac
Timočka Krajina Zaječar, Knjaževac
Negotinska Krajina Negotin, Jabukovac also called "Krajina"
Visok north of Dimitrovgrad partially in Bulgaria (Висок)
Zaglavak east of Knjaževac
Zvižd Kučevo, Neresnica

South-western Serbia

Region Population centers Notes
Stari Vlah Priboj, Prijepolje partially in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro; formerly called Dabar (western) and Jelci (eastern part)
Dragačevo Lučani, Guča sub-region of Stari Vlah
Ibarski Kolašin Tutin, Zubin Potok sub-region of Stari Vlah; also called Stari Kolašin; partially in Kosovo
Komarani Brodarevo, Gostun sub-region of Polimlje; partially in Montenegro
Moravac Suvi Do, Đerekare sub-region of Pešter; partially in Montenegro
Moravica Ivanjica, Arilje sub-region of Stari Vlah
Pešter Sjenica, Štavalj sub-region of Stari Vlah; partially in Montenegro
Polimlje Priboj, Prijepolje sub-region of Stari Vlah; partially in Montenegro
Raška Novi Pazar, Raška sub-region of Stari Vlah; partially in Montenegro; also called Sandžak
Tara Zaovine, Perućac sub-region of Stari Vlah
Zlatibor Zlatibor, Čajetina sub-region of Stari Vlah

Southern Serbia

Region Population centers Notes
Dobrič south-east of Prokuplje
Golak north-west of Svrljig
Goljak Tulare, Medveđa partially in Kosovo
Gora Dragaš, Restelica partially in Kosovo
Jablanica Leskovac, Lebane formerly called Glbočica
Južno Pomoravlje Vranje, Vladičin Han
Binačko Pomoravlje Gnjilane, Bujanovac sub-region of Južno Pomoravlje; also called Gornja Morava; partially in Kosovo
Izmornik Kosovska Kamenica, Koretin sub-region of Južno Pomoravlje; part of Kosovo
Inogošte west of Vranje sub-region of Južno Pomoravlje
Krajište Bosilegrad partially in Bulgaria (Краище)[1]
Lužnica Babušnica
Malo Kosovo Podujevo, Glavnik partially in Kosovo; part of Kosovo
Gornji Lab north of Podujevo partially in Kosovo
Metohija Prizren, Peć part of Kosovo; formerly called Hvosno (northern) and Patkovo (southern part)
Has Đakovica, Velika Kruša sub-region of Metohija; partially in Albania
Opolje Žur sub-region of Metohija
Podgor Istok sub-region of Metohija
Podrima Orahovac, Klina sub-region of Metohija
Prekoruplje north-east of Orahovac sub-region of Metohija
Rugovo west of Peć sub-region of Metohija
Pčinja Trgovište
Poljanica south of Lebane
Ponišavlje Niš, Pirot partially in Bulgaria
Koritnica Bela Palanka sub-region of Ponišavlje
Pusta Reka Bojnik, Pukovac
Sirinić Štimlje, Brezovica
Toplica Prokuplje, Kuršumlija
Kosanica Kuršumlija, Rača, Prolom Banja sub-region of Toplica
Veliko Kosovo Priština, Uroševac also called Kosovo Polje; part of Kosovo
Drenica Glogovac, Srbica sub-region of Veliko Kosovo
Nerodimlje Uroševac, Gornje Nerodimlje sub-region of Veliko Kosovo
Vlasina Crna Trava
Zaplanje Gadžin Han
Znepolje Strezimirovci partially in Bulgaria (Знеполе)
Žegligovo Gadžin Han partially in Macedonia
Preševo Valley Preševo, Miratovac, Oraovica sub-region of Žegligovo; politically coined and non-geographical term coined in the early 2000s; correct name is "Vranje-Preševo depression"


  • Atlas of Serbia (2006); Intersistem Kartofragija; ISBN 86-7722-205-7
  • Jovan Đ. Marković (1990): Enciklopedijski geografski leksikon Jugoslavije; Svjetlost-Sarajevo; ISBN 86-01-02651-6
  • Mala Prosvetina Enciklopedija, Third edition (1986), Vol.I; Prosveta; ISBN 86-07-00001-2
  • Auto atlas Jugoslavija-Evropa, Eleventh edition (1979); Jugoslavenski leksikografski zavod

See also


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