Vrbas, Serbia

Vrbas (Serbian Cyrillic: Врбас; Hungarian: Verbász) is a town and municipality located in the South Bačka District of the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. As of 2011, the town had a population of 24,112, while the municipality had 42,092 inhabitants.

Врбас (Serbian)
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From top: Fountain in the center of Vrbas, Villa ,,Tabori", Vrbas Museum, The Greek Catholic Church, Methodist-evangelical church, Building of volunteer firefighting company
Flag of Vrbas
Coat of arms of Vrbas
Location of the municipality of Vrbas within Serbia
Location of the municipality of Vrbas within Serbia
Coordinates: 45°34′N 19°39′E / 45.567°N 19.650°E / 45.567; 19.650Coordinates: 45°34′N 19°39′E / 45.567°N 19.650°E / 45.567; 19.650
Province Vojvodina
DistrictSouth Bačka
 • MayorPredrag Rojević (SNS)
 • Municipality376 km2 (145 sq mi)
85 m (279 ft)
 (2011 census)[2]
 • Town
 • Municipality
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code+381 21
Car platesVS


Its name stems from the word "Willow" in the Serbian language. During the SFRY period, the town was renamed Titov Vrbas (meaning "the Vrbas of Tito"), after Josip Broz Tito. Like all other towns in Socialist Yugoslavia named after Tito, the first part was dropped once the new states were formed during the early 1990s.

In Rusyn, the town is known as Вербас, in Hungarian as Verbász, in Croatian as Vrbas, in German as Werbass, and in Turkish as Verbas.


NEU-VERBASZ in the Empire of Austria in 1859

Vrbas was mentioned first in 1213 during the administration of the Kingdom of Hungary. According to other sources, it was mentioned first in 1387.[3] In the 16th century it became a part of the Ottoman Empire. During Ottoman administration it was populated by ethnic Serbs.[4]

Since the Treaty of Passarowitz (1718), Vrbas and the Banat were placed under administration of the Habsburg monarchy. According to the 1720 census, it was populated exclusively by Serbs (about 250 families[5]).[6]

After 1784 many Germans settled in the town founding a new settlement named Novi Vrbas (Neu-Verbasz) near the old Serb settlement, which then became known as Stari Vrbas (Old Vrbas).

In 1910, population of Novi Vrbas was mostly composed of ethnic Germans, while population of Stari Vrbas was ethnically mixed and was mainly composed of Serbs and Germans.[7]

In 1918, Vrbas became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which was later renamed to Yugoslavia. The town was under Axis occupation in 1941–1944, and during that time it was attached to Horthy's Hungary. As a consequence of the World War II events in Yugoslavia, the German population fled from the town after this war. At the same time, many settlers from Montenegro came to Vrbas and other neighboring places.

Inhabited placesEdit

Vrbas municipality includes the city of Vrbas and the following villages:


Map of Vrbas municipality
Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [8]

According to the 2011 census results, the municipality has 42,092 inhabitants.

Ethnic groupsEdit

Churches in Vrbas.

Settlements with Serb ethnic majority are: Bačko Dobro Polje, Zmajevo, Kosančić, Ravno Selo and Vrbas. Ethnically mixed settlements are: Kucura (with relative Rusyn majority) and Savino Selo (with relative Montenegrin majority).

The ethnic composition of the municipality:[9]

Ethnic group Population %
Serbs 23,251 55.24%
Montenegrins 7,353 17.47%
Rusyns 3,375 8.02%
Hungarians 2,464 5.85%
Ukrainians 836 1.99%
Croats 549 1.30%
Roma 355 0.84%
Slovaks 286 0.68%
Yugoslavs 170 0.40%
Macedonians 149 0.35%
Germans 121 0.29%
Muslims 112 0.27%
Albanians 48 0.11%
Others 3,023 7.18%
Total 42,092


The following table gives a preview of total number of registered people employed in legal entities per their core activity (as of 2018):[10]

Activity Total
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 385
Mining and quarrying -
Manufacturing 2,710
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 91
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 193
Construction 188
Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1,326
Transportation and storage 806
Accommodation and food services 259
Information and communication 74
Financial and insurance activities 125
Real estate activities 12
Professional, scientific and technical activities 249
Administrative and support service activities 516
Public administration and defense; compulsory social security 547
Education 661
Human health and social work activities 1,081
Arts, entertainment and recreation 191
Other service activities 117
Individual agricultural workers 270
Total 9,802

Notable citizensEdit


See alsoEdit


  • Slobodan Ćurčić, Broj stanovnika Vojvodine, Novi Sad, 1996.
  1. ^ "Municipalities of Serbia, 2006". Statistical Office of Serbia. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
  2. ^ "2011 Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in the Republic of Serbia: Comparative Overview of the Number of Population in 1948, 1953, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2002 and 2011, Data by settlements" (PDF). Statistical Office of Republic Of Serbia, Belgrade. 2014. ISBN 978-86-6161-109-4. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  3. ^ Dr Slobodan Ćurčić, Naselja Bačke - geografske karakteristike, Novi Sad, 2007, page 220.
  4. ^ Dr Slobodan Ćurčić, Naselja Bačke - geografske karakteristike, Novi Sad, 2007, page 220.
  5. ^ Dr Slobodan Ćurčić, Naselja Bačke - geografske karakteristike, Novi Sad, 2007, page 220.
  6. ^ Ivan Jakšić, Iz popisa stanovništva Ugarske početkom XVIII veka, Novi Sad, 1966.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-06-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "2011 Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in the Republic of Serbia" (PDF). stat.gov.rs. Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Попис становништва, домаћинстава и станова 2011. у Републици Србији" (PDF). stat.gov.rs. Republički zavod za statistiku. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  10. ^ "MUNICIPALITIES AND REGIONS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA, 2019" (PDF). stat.gov.rs. Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. 25 December 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.

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