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Berane is located in Montenegro
Location of Berane in Montenegro
Coordinates: 42°50′N 19°52′E / 42.84°N 19.86°E / 42.84; 19.86
Country  Montenegro
Founded 1862
Settlements 66
 - Mayor Vuka Golubović (DPS)
 - Ruling party DPS - SDP
 - Total 717 km2 (276.8 sq mi)
Population (2003 census)
 - Total 11,776
 Density 49/km2 (126.9/sq mi)
 - Municipality 35,068
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 84300
Area code +382 51
ISO 3166-2 code ME-03
Car plates BA

Berane (Serbian Cyrillic: Беране) is a town in north-eastern Montenegro. It has a population of 11,776 (2003 census).

Berane is the centre of the municipality of the same name (population of 35,068) and one of the centres of Polimlje area, named after the Lim River, on which Berane is situated.



During the medieval period the Montenegrin land of Berane was known as Budimlja. It was of great holistic, political, and economic importance in the Serbian state of Raška. Saint Sava, the first Serbian archbishop, founded here one of the first Serbian episcopates in 1219. The Monastery Đurđevi Stupovi was built by the end of 12th century by Prvoslav, the son of Nemanja's brother Tihomir. Many monasteries and churches tell the story on the rich holistic life of Serbs in this area. There were seven bishops and nine metropolitans. Literary and painting schools existed in this Monastery. Apart from Đurđevi Stupovi, the second most important monastery in this area was Sudikovo, which was destroyed and burned by the Turks in 1738.

Archbishop's throne was empty for more than 350 years. Budimljanska (now Budimljansko-Nikšić) episcopate has been restored in 2002, when bishop Joanikije was reinstalled.

The area of Berane municipality and its wider neighborhood, was part of the Medieval Serbian state until 1455, when Turks took the city of Bihor and Budimlja. This valley was populated with Serbians until mid of 17th century, when it went under terrible suffering and many of them left. The Turks distributed the land to the islamized population.

During the First Serbian Uprising (1804) and Karađorđe's (Leader of the uprising in Serbia) marched to Novi Pazar, Sanjak, and the people of this area rebelled and met the Serbian dukes Anto Bogićević and Haxi-Prodan Gligorijevic. Then, Mojsije Zečević, prior of Đurđevi Stupovi Monastery, had the leading role among Orthodox people of Budimlja. He was one of the closest allies of Petar I (Cetinjski) and Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, archbishops and political leaders of Montenegro.

Since the First Serbian Uprising until its final liberation, fights against Turks were constant, especially during the second part of the 19th century. Famous battles occurred from 1825, until 1862, but the most important one was Rudes battle on 7 April 1862, in which the Serbian and Montenegrin rebels won. Berane was finally liberated from Turks in 1912.

During the second World War, there was a terrible civil war, between Partisans (communists) and Chetniks (nationalists). During the communists' reprisals in 1944 and 1945 around 4,000 people were killed.

From July 1949 to March 1992, Berane was known as Ivangrad as a tribute to Ivan Milutinović. In 1992, its original name was restored.


Berane panorama

The main impact for the development of culture of this area historically, and up to recent times, came from the Serb Orthodox Church, or it monasteries in the area: Šudikova, Đurdjevi Stupovi and other, as the cornerstones of spirituality of the Serb population, as previousli mentioned. That part is later to a certain extent taken over by schools, and, more and more institutions dealing with culture. A special role in that process was that of the Berane Gymnasium, founded in 1913. Its classrooms were a hpme to many prominent artist and scientists in various disciplines. Lets just mention great writers: Mihailo Lalić, Dušan Kostić, Radovan Zogović, or, for example, painters: Jovan Zonjić and Mišo Popović. The institutions in Berane that are still working in culture, there are: Cultural Centre (with the library), and Polimski Museum, with a very rich collection of valuable artefacts; and the House of the Duke Gavro Vuković the first jurist with a university degree, a long term Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Princehood of Montenegro, and the writerof famous “Memoirs”has been reconstructed, planned to be used for cultural events. Berane also has a school for primary musical education, and there are also few amateur clubs and societies in various disciplines of artistic creation.


There are 13 elementary schools, four secondary schools and one school for elementary musical education in municipality of Berane. Berane has four institutions of higher education: Faculty of management in transport and communications, Faculty of Teacher-training, Higher Medical School and Applied Computer engineering (study program of Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Podgorica)


Berane, as is usually the case with small communities, does not have a specialized scientific institution, but in spite that fact, many prominent scientists from various scientific disciplines come from here.

A remarkable contribution to science was given by, among others, chemist Vukić Mićović, bacteriologist Milutin Đurišić, geographer Milisav Lutovac, and historian Miomir Dašić.


City Stadium Berane

The municipality of Berane is one of the poorest in the Republic of Montenegro. The level of industrial production is very low, since a big number of companies have stopped working in the past 15 years due to the known crisis in former Yugoslavia.

In the earlier period (60’s and 70’s) many village, agricultural households have moved to the town in the process of “industrialization”, which decreased agricultural production, and industry later collapsed so most of the population lives in difficult conditions. Many small private companies have been started recently, mostly in the areas of commerce and catering industry. There is a very small number of companies that are creating new value. Workers in those new companies nave no insurance or health service, so those companies do not have a bigger positive impact on the community. Total number of employed in the municipality is cca 3,000.


The most successful sport collectives in Berane are: handball club Berane and table tennis club Budim. There are also football club Berane, basketball club Lim, boxing clubs Baćo King and Radnički Berane, athletic club, tennis club etc. Berane has solid sport infrastructure. City Stadium in Berane with 11 000 seats is the second largest stadium in Montenegro.


Main street

Berane is administrative centre of Berane municipality, which in 2003 had a population of 35,068. The town of Berane itself has 11,776 citizens.

Population of Berane (city):

  • 1981 - 12,720
  • 1991 - 12,267
  • 2003 - 11,776

Population of Berane (municipality):

  • 1948 - 27,646
  • 1953 - 30,316
  • 1961 - 34,280
  • 1971 - 40,385
  • 1981 - 42,060
  • 1991 - 38,953
  • 2003 - 35,068

Ethnic groups (1991 census):

Ethnicity in 2003

Ethnicity Number Percentage
Serbs 16,939 41.43%
Montenegrins 9,282 22.70%
Bosniaks 8,994 22.00%
Muslims 2,994 7.32%
Roma 133 0.33%
Croats 50 0.12%
Albanians 41 0.10%
Other 222 0.54%
not declared 223 0.55%
no data 837 2.05%
Total 40,885 100%


Berane is connected with rest of Montenegro by two-laned motorways. Bijelo Polje is 35 km away, where there lies the major junction (railway and the road) towards Podgorica and the coast, and to Serbia. Serbia can also be reached eastwards via Rožaje (for Novi Pazar.) Berane is on the corridor of the future Beograd - Bar motorway.

Berane has an airport (Berane Airport), which hasn't been used for a while, but there are plans for its revitalization and usage as regional airport.

Podgorica Airport is some 150 km (93 mi) away, and has regular flights to and from major European destinations.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Berane is twinned with:

Notable individuals from Berane area

  • Ljubiša Stanković, former rector of University of Montenegro
  • Miomir Dašić, historian
  • Milisav Lutovac, geographer

Famous people from Berane

  • Rade Bulatović , head of Serbia's intelligence agency
  • Mirko Vlahović, actor
  • Duško Korać, commentator
  • Aida Selmanović, handball player
  • Velibor Obradović, handball player
  • Siniša Dobrašinović, football player
  • Andrijana Dabetić, folk singer
  • Jadranka Barjaktarović, folk singer
  • Zvonko Lepetić famous actor
  • Aleksandar Lekso Saičić

Berane photo gallery

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

The Promenade
The Promenade

Berane is a town in north-eastern Montenegro.

Ski center Lokve
Ski center Lokve
Tifran canyon Berane, river Lim
Tifran canyon Berane, river Lim


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