Location of Kotor Varo? within Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Country||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|o Mayor||Zdenko Sakan (Savez za promjene) |
|o Municipality||544.26 km2 (210.14 sq mi)|
|o Municipality density||36/km2 (94/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Kotor Varo? or Kotor-Varo? (Serbian Cyrillic: ) is a town and municipality located in north-western Republika Srpska, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. As of 2013 census, it has a population of 19,710 inhabitants.
An early Christian (3rd-5th c.) basilica was discovered along with other Roman findings in the ?iprage area at the Crkvenica-Vrbanja river mouth. 12th-century ste?ci testify medieval settlement. The original location of ste?ci was the Crkvenica-Vrbanja, from where they were removed and built into walls of the surrounding buildings (possibly due to the beliefs of their miraculous properties). One of the best preserved ste?ak is submerged in Vrbanja.
Austro-Hungarian rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina began in 1878 and ended with the establishment of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes in 1918, later renamed Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The town was part of the Vrbas Banovina (1929-41), while after World War II it became part of the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a republic of Yugoslavia.
During the Bosnian War (1992-95), some religious and cultural monuments and landmarks were destroyed by Serb paramilitary groups, such as a Catholic church in the centre of the town, as well as all of the mosques. In the southern ?ar?ija (bazaar) quarter of the town nearly all houses were destroyed. Bosnian Serb-dominated parts of the town were largely unaffected. Bosnian Serb police and military forces devastated surrounding villages too, especially those upstream along the Vrbanja to Kru?evo Brdo, as well as all non-Serb villages downstream to Banja Luka. All settlements in the Vrbanja valley were sacked and much of the Bosniak and Croat population left the municipality.
Aside from the town of Kotor Varo?, the municipality includes the following settlements:
According to the 2013 census results, the municipality has 19,710 inhabitants.
The ethnic composition of the municipality:
|Kotor Varo? (municipality)|
|Serbs||13.091 (66.41%)||14.056 (38.14%)||14.771 (41.36%)||15.255 (46.46%)|
|Bosniaks||5.234 (26.55%)||11.090 (30.09%)||9.667 (27.06%)||8.366 (25.48%)|
|Croats||1.116 (05.66%)||10.695 (29.02%)||9.572 (26.80%)||8.863 (26.99%)|
|Yugoslavians||0 (0.00%)||745 (2.02%)||1.269 (3.55%)||176 (0.53%)|
|Others and Unknown||0 (0.00%)||267 (0.72%)||434 (1.21%)||172 (0.52%)|
|Kotor Varo? (settlement)|
|Serbs||2.522 (34.03%)||1.310 (24.15%)||749 (19.99%)|
|Croats||2.432 (32.81%)||1.789 (32.98%)||1.490 (39.77%)|
|Bosniaks||1.800 (24.28%)||1.436 (26.47%)||1.342 (35.82%)|
|Yugoslavians||547 (7.38%)||787 (14.51%)||110 (2.93%)|
|Others and Unknown||110 (1.48%)||101 (1.86%)||55 (1.46%)|
The following table gives a preview of total number of registered employed people per their core activity (as of 2016):
|Agriculture, forestry and fishing||300|
|Mining and quarrying||2|
|Distribution of power, gas, steam and air-conditioning||45|
|Distribution of water and water waste management||43|
|Wholesale and retail, repair||342|
|Transportation and storage||126|
|Hotels and restaurants||112|
|Information and communication||24|
|Finance and insurance||25|
|Real estate activities||5|
|Professional, scientific and technical activities||27|
|Administrative and support services||91|
|Public administration and defence||193|
|Healthcare and social work||115|
|Art, entertainment and recreation||7|
|Other service activities||55|
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