- Districts of Serbia
Districts (Serbian: Окрузи, Okruzi), officially called administrative districts (управни окрузи, upravni okruzi) are the administrative units of Serbia, comprising several municipalities and/or cities each. They are defined by the Government of Serbia's Enactment of 29 January 1992. Districts are regional centers of state authority and they do not have any form of self-government. They run affairs in the name of the Government.
There are 29 districts in Serbia (7 in Vojvodina, 17 in Central Serbia and 5 in Kosovo[a]). The only part of Serbia that is not part of any district is the territory of the City of Belgrade which has a special status, very similar to that of a district. Every districts has its seat in the largest city of the district.
The slavic word okrug (округ) denotes administrative subdivision in some states. Its etymology is similar to the German Kreis, circle (in the meaning of administrative division) (although translated in German as Bezirk): okrug is literally something "encircling". In the subdivisions of Serbia, the term is translated as district, sometimes as county.
The territorial organisation of Serbia is regulated by the Law on Territorial Organization, adopted by the National Assembly on 29 December 2007. According to the Law, the territorial organization of the republic comprises municipalities and cities, the City of Belgrade with special status, and autonomous provinces. Districts are not mentioned in this law but are defined by the Government of Serbia's Enactment of 29 January 1992. They are defined as the districts as "regional centers of state authority", enacting affairs run by the relevant Ministries.
Serbia is divided into 29 districts (17 in Central Serbia, 7 in Vojvodina and 5 in Kosovo), plus the City of Belgrade. The City of Belgrade is not part of any district, but has a special status very similar to that of a district.
Districts of Kosovo
Serbian laws treat Kosovo as integral part of Serbia (Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija). The Enactment defines five districts on the territory of Kosovo. But, since 1999, Kosovo is under United Nations' administration of UNMIK. In 2000, the UNMIK administration changed territorial organisation on the territory of Kosovo. All five districts were abolished, and seven new districts were created. Serbian government does not recognize this move, and accepts only five pre-2000 districts.
List of districts
Districts in Central Serbia
District Seat Area
in 2011 (rank)
Municipalities and cities Settlements Bor District
Bor 3,507 123,848 35.3 90 Braničevo District
Požarevac 3,865 180,480 46.7 189 Jablanica District
Leskovac 2,769 215,463 77.8 336 Kolubara District
Valjevo 2,474 174,228 70.4 218 Mačva District
Šabac 3,268 297,778 91.1 228 Moravica District
Čačak 3,016 212,149 70.3 206 Nišava District
Niš 2,729 373,404 136.8 285 Pčinja District
Vranje 3,520 158,717 45.1 363 Pirot District
Pirot 2,761 92,277 33.4 214 Podunavlje District
Smederevo 1,248 198,184 158.8 58 Pomoravlje District
Jagodina 2,614 212,839 84.8 191 Rasina District
Kruševac 2,667 240,463 90.2 296 Raška District
Kraljevo 3,918 300,102 76.6 359 Šumadija District
Kragujevac 2,387 290,900 121.8 174 Toplica District
Prokuplje 2,231 90,600 40.6 267 Zaječar District
Zaječar 3,623 118,295 32.6 173 Zlatibor District
Užice 6,140 284,729 46.4 438
Districts in Vojvodina
District Seat Area
in 2002 (rank)
Municipalities and cities Settlements Central Banat District
Zrenjanin 3,256 208,456 64.0 55 North Bačka District
Subotica 1,784 200,140 112.2 45 North Banat District
Kikinda 2,329 165,881 71.2 50 South Bačka District
Novi Sad 4,016 593,666 147.8 77 South Banat District
Pančevo 4,245 313,937 73.6 94 Srem District
Sremska Mitrovica 3,486 335,901 96.4 109 West Bačka District
Sombor 2,420 214,011 88.4 37
Districts in Kosovo and Metohija
Five of Serbian Districts are on the territory of Kosovo, comprising 28 municipalities and 1 city. In 2000, UNMIK created 7 new districts and 30 municipalities. Serbia does not exercise sovereignty over this polity. For the UNMIK districts and the districts of Kosovo, see Districts of Kosovo.
District Seat Population
in 2002 (rank)
Municipalities and cities Kosovo District
Pristina 672,292 Kosovo-Pomoravlje District
Gnjilane 217,726 Kosovska Mitrovica District
Kosovska Mitrovica 275,904 Peć District
Peć 414,187 Prizren District
Notes and references
a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, while Serbia claims it as part of its own sovereign territory. Its independence is recognised by 85 UN member states.
- Administrative divisions of Serbia
- Municipalities and cities of Serbia
- ISO 3166-2:RS
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