Location and general Information about the Region

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Regional Chamber of Commerce Novi Sad covers an area of 4016 km², which is 5% of the territory of the Re­public of Serbia and 19% of the total area of Vojvodina. Region includes twelve municipalities of South Bačka District: Bač, Bačka Palanka, Bački Petrovac, Bečej, Beočin, Novi Sad, Srbobran, Sremski Karlovci, Temerin, Titel, Vrbas, Žabalj. Region occupies the middle part of the Pannonian Plain and the Northern part of Serbia.This Region is made by 77 settlements with 605,720 inhabitants. The seat of the Region and the Chamber of Commerce is in Novi Sad, the capital of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, the second largest city in Serbia, where lives over 300 thou­sand inhabitants.

South Backa District is economically the most devel­oped region in Serbia. In this Region there are approximate­ly 10.400 active companies, and the total area of arable land covers about 300,000 hectares. Especially important agricultural and industrial capacities are developed, oil re­fining, construction, chemical industry, machinery, tools and food processing. Agro-industrial Complex has the most significant share of the gross domestic product of Vojvodina. The high level of development of this sector is based on a long tradition and natural resources.

South Backa region has a major importance in traffic; it is cut through with international, regional and local roads. In addition to the main waterway of the Danube River, Corridor 7, through one part of the South Backa District passes and Corridor 10, which is one of the major Euro­pean routes. Lined up on the Trans EUROPEAN Motorways (TEM) roads, which among others, aim to connect the North ern and South ern parts of the European continent. The region has a specific center of university education – famous technical colleges and research institutes are lo­cated in Novi Sad. The main university campus which oc­cupies an area of 259.807m² is a unique environment of the University of Novi Sad.

South Backa District is a multinational, multicultural and multikonfensional environment District population is composed of (2002 census): Serbs (71.98%), Hungar­ians (9.28%), Slovaks (4.65%), Yugoslavs (2.68%), Croats (2.02%), Rusyns (1.25%), Roma (1.01%) and others.

Many important cultural and historical sites are lo­cated on the territory of the Region. Petrovaradin For­tress, one of the best preserved castles in Europe and the Baroque masterpiece of military architecture, is situated above the left bank of the Danube, in Novi Sad. Since 2001, one of the most important European music festivals Exit is located at Petrovaradin. The seat of the oldest cul­tural and scientific institution of the Serbian people - Ma­tica Serpska is in Novi Sad, it was established in Budapest, and moved from Budapest to Novi Sad in 1864, Serbian National Theatre formed in 1861, is also located in Novi Sad.

The relief of the South Backa region is extremely flat plain at low altitude. The climate is temperate continental, with some specifics. Summers are hot, winters are cold, spring and fall are of a short duration. Summer tempera­tures are on average between 21°C and 23°C and winters averaging is around -2°C.

The intersection of the main European corridors:

Corridor X: Salzburg - Thessaloniki, Budapest - Belgrade, Nis-Sofia-Istanbul
Corridor VII: Danube, access to the Black Sea, and through the channel Rhine - Main - Danube, access to the North Sea

Area: 4016 km2
82% of Agricultural land
number of settlements 77

Population: 606,266
of working age population 69%
age to 27 years 35%

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