Bijela, Herceg Novi

Bijela (Serbian Cyrillic: Бијела, pronounced [bîjɛlaː]) is a coastal town in the municipality of Herceg Novi, Montenegro. It is also located north of Herceg Novi, by the Verige strait in the Bay of Kotor.

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Bijela is located in Montenegro
Coordinates: 42°27′12″N 18°39′20″E / 42.45333°N 18.65556°E / 42.45333; 18.65556
Country Montenegro
MunicipalityGreat Coat of Arms of Herceg Novi.png Herceg Novi
 • Total3,691
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code+382 31
Vehicle registrationHN

The chronicler Andrija Zmajević claimed that the 16th-century Pope Sixtus V descended from a family originating in the area of Bijela. He also stated that the future Pope's father, Piergentile di Giacomo, was born in the village Bjelske Kruševice near Bijela and moved to Italy to escape the Ottoman conquest.[citation needed]


The 2003 census recorded a population of 3,748.

According to the 2011 census, its population was 3,691.[1]

Ethnicity in 2011
Ethnicity Number Percentage
Serbs 1,645 44.6%
Montenegrins 1,441 39.0%
Croats 54 1.5%
Roma 20 0.5%
Macedonians 10 0.3%
Russians 9 0.2%
Bosniaks 8 0.2%
Slovenians 8 0.2%
other/undeclared 496 13.4%
Total 3,691 100%

Bijela Adriatic ShipyardEdit

Bijela was the home of the Jadransko brodogradilište Bijela, (Montenegrin: Јадранско бродоградилиште Бијела) ("Bijela Adriatic Shipyard"), the largest maintenance and repair shipyard dock in Montenegro. The remains of the bankrupt enterprise were sold off in 2020.[2]

In December 2001 the turbo-electric car ferry Alexander the Great was towed to the shipyard in December 2001 to be converted into a cruise ship,[3] but the project came to a halt and it was not until January 2005 that the ship was towed away.[3][4]


The local football club is FK Bijela, who played in Montenegro's third tier but currently only play in youth football. The club played their home games at Stadion Bijela.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Tabela N1. Stanovništvo prema nacinalnoj odnosno etničkoj pripadnosti po naseljima, Popis stanovništva, domaćinstava i stanova u Crnoj Gori 2011. godine" (in Montenegrin). Statistical Office of Montenegro. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  2. ^ [1] (2020-02-17)
  3. ^ a b "Union Steam Ship Company's T.E.V. "Rangatira"". Blue Star on the Web. 3 February 2012. Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Steamer Express". New Zealand Coastal Shipping. 2003–2009. Retrieved 29 May 2013.

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