List of districts of Serbia

Serbian Districts
Окрузи Србије (Serbian)
Okruzi Srbije
Also known as:
Category Unitary state
Location Republic of Serbia
Number 29 districts
Populations 91,754 (Toplica District) – 615 371 (South Bačka)
Areas 6,100 km2 (2,370 sq mi) (Podunavlje) – 1,250 km2 (482 sq mi) (Zlatibor)
Government District government, National government
Subdivisions Municipality

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, 8 in Šumadija and Western Serbia, 9 in Southern and Eastern Serbia and 5 in Kosovo and Metohija[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.[1] 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 (8 in Šumadija and Western Serbia, 9 in Southern and Eastern Serbia, 7 in Vojvodina and 5 in Kosovo and Metohija), plus the City of Belgrade.[2] 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 and Metohija as integral part of Serbia (Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija). The Enactment defines five districts on the territory of Kosovo.[1] 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.

Further information: Districts of Kosovo

List of districts

Districts in Šumadija and Western Serbia

District Seat Area
in km²
in 2011 (rank)
per km²
Municipalities and cities Settlements
Kolubara District
(Kolubarski okrug)
Valjevo 2,474 174,228 70.4 218
Mačva District
(Mačvanski okrug)
Šabac 3,268 297,778 91.1 228
Moravica District
(Moravički okrug)
Čačak 3,016 212,149 70.3 206
Pomoravlje District
(Pomoravski okrug)
Jagodina 2,614 212,839 84.8 191
Rasina District
(Rasinski okrug)
Kruševac 2,667 240,463 90.2 296
Raška District
(Raški okrug)
Kraljevo 3,918 300,102 76.6 359
Šumadija District
(Šumadijski okrug)
Kragujevac 2,387 290,900 121.8 174
Zlatibor District
(Zlatiborski okrug)
Užice 6,140 284,729 46.4 438

Districts in Southern and Eastern Serbia

District Seat Area
in km²
in 2011 (rank)
per km²
Municipalities and cities Settlements
Bor District
(Borski okrug)
Bor 3,507 123,848 35.3 90
Braničevo District
(Braničevski okrug)
Požarevac 3,865 180,480 46.7 189
Jablanica District
(Jablanički okrug)
Leskovac 2,769 215,463 77.8 336
Nišava District
(Nišavski okrug)
Niš 2,729 373,404 136.8 285
Pčinja District
(Pčinjski okrug)
Vranje 3,520 158,717 45.1 363
Pirot District
(Pirotski okrug)
Pirot 2,761 92,277 33.4 214
Podunavlje District
(Podunavski okrug)
Smederevo 1,248 198,184 158.8 58
Toplica District
(Toplički okrug)
Prokuplje 2,231 90,600 40.6 267
Zaječar District
(Zaječarski okrug)
Zaječar 3,623 118,295 32.6 173

Districts in Vojvodina

Districts in Vojvodina.
District Seat Area
in km²
in 2011 (rank)
per km²
Municipalities and cities Settlements
Central Banat District
(Srednjebanatski okrug)
Zrenjanin 3,256 186,851 57.4 55
North Bačka District
(Severnobački okrug)
Subotica 1,784 185,552 104.0 45
North Banat District
(Severnobanatski okrug)
Kikinda 2,329 146,690 63.0 50
South Bačka District
(Južnobački okrug)
Novi Sad 4,016 607,835 151.3 77
South Banat District
(Južnobanatski okrug)
Pančevo 4,245 291,327 68.6 94
Srem District
(Sremski okrug)
Sremska Mitrovica 3,486 311,053 89.2 109
West Bačka District
(Zapadnobački okrug)
Sombor 2,420 187,581 77.5 37

Districts in Kosovo and Metohija

Districts in Kosovo and Metohia.

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. Because the Serbian government has no control over Kosovo since it declared independence, it was not included in Serbia's 2011 census. For current demographic information about Kosovo, see Kosovo's 2011 census.

District Seat Population
in 2002 (rank)
Municipalities and cities
Kosovo District
(Kosovski okrug)
Pristina 672,292
Kosovo-Pomoravlje District
(Kosovsko-Pomoravski okrug)
Gnjilane 217,726
Kosovska Mitrovica District
(Kosovskomitrovički okrug)
Kosovska Mitrovica 275,904
Peć District
(Pećki okrug)
Peć 414,187
Prizren District
(Prizrenski okrug)
Prizren 376,085

Notes and references

a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received recognition as an independent state from 110 out of 193 United Nations member states.

See also

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