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Bijelo Polje

Bijelo Polje
Бијело Поље
Coat of arms of Bijelo Polje
Coat of arms
Bijelo Polje is located in Montenegro
Bijelo Polje
Bijelo Polje
Location of Bijelo Polje in Montenegro
Coordinates:
Country  Montenegro
Settlements 98
Government
 • Mayor Aleksandar Žurić (DPS)
 • Ruling party DPS - SDP
Area
 • Total 924 km2 (357 sq mi)
Elevation 578 m (1,896 ft)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 15,883
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
 • Municipality 46,081
Demonym Bjelopoljci
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 84000
Area code +382 50
ISO 3166-2 code ME-04
Car plates BP
Website .me.co.bijelopoljewww

Bijelo Polje (Serbian Cyrillic: Бијело Поље, pronounced ) is a town in northeastern Montenegro on the Lim River. It has an urban population of 15,400 (2011 census). It is the administrative, economic, cultural and educational centre of northern Montenegro.

Bijelo Polje is the center of Bijelo Polje Municipality (population of 46,051). It is the unofficial center of the north-eastern region of Montenegro. Bijelo Polje means "White Field" in Serbian and all related South Slavic languages.

History

Bijelo Polje was within the Ottoman Empire until its liberation by a multi-national force during the Balkan Wars (1912). Under Ottoman rule the city was known as Akova.

Bijelo Polje's Church of Saint Peter and Paul is the place where the famous UNESCO Miroslav's Gospel of Miroslav, brother of the Serb ruler Stefan Nemanja was written.

Population

Bijelo Polje is the administrative centre of the Bijelo Polje municipality, which in 2003 had a population of 50,284. The town of Bijelo Polje itself has 15,883 citizens. According to the latest results from 2010, Bijelo Polje has a population of 46,676.

Population of Bijelo Polje (town):

  • 1981 - 11,927
  • 1991 - 16,464
  • 2003 - 15,883
  • 2010 - 15,400

Population of Bijelo Polje (municipality):

  • 1948 - 36,795
  • 1953 - 41,432
  • 1961 - 46,651
  • 1971 - 52,598
  • 1981 - 55,634
  • 1991 - 55,268
  • 2003 - 50,284
  • 2011 - 46,051

Religion (2011 census):

  • Orthodox (53.55%)
  • Islam (45.18%)
  • Catholic (0.17%)
  • Atheist (0.17%)
  • Christians (0.17%)

Ethnic composition in 2003

Ethnicity Number Percentage
Serbs 20,743 36.31%
Bosniaks 12,409 20.22%
Muslims 9,896 17.18%
Montenegrins 10,214 18.13%
Romani 146 0.26%
Croats 49 0.09%
Albanians 35 0.06%
Other 165 0.29%
not declared 1,033 1.81%
no data 1,514 2.65%
Total 57,124 100%

Culture and sights

Orahovica, Bijelo Polje

Bijelo Polje was the birthplace of the oral poet Avdo Međedović and of many prominent writers, such as Ćamil Sijarić, Miodrag Bulatović, as well as popular singer Dado Polumenta.

City's best known brand is Rada mineral water, vastly consumed in Montenegro during summer months.

Bijelo Polje is also the birthplace of NBA Center Nikola Peković.

Transport

Bijelo Polje is the end of the Montenegrin part of the Belgrade - Bar railway

Bijelo Polje is connected to the rest of Montenegro by two motorways. It is situated on the main road connecting Montenegro's coast and Podgorica with northern Montenegro and Serbia (E65, E80).

Bijelo Polje is also a station on Belgrade - Bar railway, the last station in Montenegro for trains leaving for Belgrade, and it serves as a regional train station.

Podgorica Airport is 130 km (81 mi) away, and has regular flights to major European destinations.

Climate

The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Dfb". (Warm Summer Continental Climate).[1]
Climate data for Bijelo Polje
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1
(34)
3
(37)
7
(45)
10
(50)
16
(60)
19
(66)
22
(71)
22
(71)
18
(65)
13
(55)
6
(43)
2
(36)
11.6
(52.8)
Average low °C (°F) −4
(25)
−3
(27)
0
(32)
3
(38)
8
(47)
11
(52)
13
(55)
12
(54)
9
(48)
6
(42)
1
(33)
−3
(27)
4.4
(40)
Avg. precipitation days 13 14 15 15 12 8 6 6 6 11 14 15 135
Source: Weatherbase [2]

External links

  • Bijelo Polje municipality
  • Visit-Montenegro.com

External links

  • http://www.njegos.org/census/index.htm

References

  1. ^ Climate Summary for closest city on record
  2. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on June 15, 2013.
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