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A hotel in Subotica is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Subotica hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Subotica are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Subotica hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Subotica hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Subotica have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Subotica
An upscale full service hotel facility in Subotica that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Subotica hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Subotica
Full service Subotica hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Subotica
Boutique hotels of Subotica are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Subotica boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Subotica may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Subotica
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Subotica travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Subotica focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Subotica
Small to medium-sized Subotica hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Subotica traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Subotica hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Subotica
A bed and breakfast in Subotica is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Subotica bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Subotica B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Subotica
Subotica hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Subotica hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Subotica
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Subotica hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Subotica lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Subotica
Subotica timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Subotica often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Subotica on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Subotica motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Subotica for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Subotica motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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City of Subotica
Subotica Town Hall View 2.jpg
Subotica photomontage
Flag of Subotica
Coat of arms of Subotica
Coat of arms
Location of the city of Subotica within Serbia
Location of the city of Subotica within Serbia
Coordinates:  / 46.10028; 19.66556  / 46.10028; 19.66556
Country Serbia
Province Vojvodina
District North Bačka
Settlements 19
• Mayor Bogdan Laban (SNS)
• Ruling parties SNS/SVM
• Land 1,008 km (389 sq mi)
Area rank 13th
Elevation 109 m (358 ft)
Population (2011)
• City 97,910
• Rank 6th
• Urban 105,681
• Metro 141,554
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 24000
Area code(s) (+381) 24
Vehicle registration SU
Website Official website

Subotica (Serbian Cyrillic: Суботица [sǔbɔtit͡sa], Hungarian: Szabadka) is a city and the administrative center of the North Bačka District in the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. Formerly the largest city of Vojvodina region, contemporary Subotica is now the second largest city in the province, following the city of Novi Sad. According to the 2011 census, the city itself has a population of 97,910, while the urban area of Subotica (with adjacent urban settlement of Palić included) has 105,681 inhabitants, and the population of metro area (the administrative area of the city) stands at 141,554 people.

Subotica: Name

Emperor Jovan Nenad monument in Subotica

The earliest known written name of the city was Zabotka or Zabatka, which dates from 1391. It is the origin of the current Hungarian name for the city "Szabadka".

According to one opinion, the Name "Szabadka" comes from the adjective szabad, which derived from the Slavic word for "free" – svobod. According to this view, Subotica's earliest designation would mean, therefore, something like a "free place".

The origin of the earliest form of the name (Zabotka or Zabatka) is obscure. However, according to a local Bunjevci newspaper, Zabatka could have derived from the South Slavic word "zabat" (Gable), which describe parts of Pannonian Slavic houses.

The town was named in the 1740s for Maria Theresa of Austria, Archduchess of Austria. It was officially called Sent-Maria in 1743, but was renamed in 1779 as Maria-Theresiapolis. These two official names were also spelled in several different ways (most commonly the German Maria-Theresiopel or Theresiopel), and were used in different languages.

Subotica: Geography

It is located in the Pannonian Basin at 46.07° North, 19.68° East, about 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the border with Hungary, and is the northernmost city in Serbia. It is located in the vicinity of lake Palić.

Subotica: History

Historical affiliations
Kingdom of Hungary c. 1391–1526

Ottoman Empire 1542–1686
Habsburg Monarchy 1686–1804
Austrian Empire 1804–1867
Austro-Hungarian Empire 1867–1918
Kingdom of Serbia 1918
Kingdom of Yugoslavia 1918–1941
Kingdom of Hungary 1941–1944
SFR Yugoslavia 1944–1992
Serbia and Montenegro 1992–2006

Serbia 2006–

Subotica: Prehistory and antiquity

Bronze Age archeological finds in Subotica.

In Neolithic and Eneolithic period, several important archaeological cultures flourished in this area, including the Starčevo culture, the Vinča culture, and the Tiszapolgár culture. First Indo-European peoples settled in the territory of present-day Subotica in 4200 BC. During the Eneolithic period, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, several Indo-European archaeological cultures included areas around Subotica - the Baden culture, the Vučedol culture, the Urnfield culture and some other. Before the Iazyge conquest in the 1st century, Indo-European peoples of Illyrian, Celtic and Dacian descend inhabited this area. In the 3rd century BC, this area was controlled by Celtic Boii and Eravisci, while in the 1st century BC, it became part of the Dacian kingdom. Since the 1st century, the area came under control of the Sarmatian Iazyges (which possibly included Serboi tribe), who occasionally were allies and occasionally enemies of the Romans. Iazyge rule lasted until the 4th century, after which the region came into the possession of various other peoples and states.

Subotica: Early Middle Ages and Slavic settlement

In the Early Middle Ages various Indo-European and Turkic peoples and states ruled in the area of Subotica. These peoples included Huns, Gepids, Avars, Slavs and Bulgarians. Slavs settled today's Subotica in the 6th and 7th centuries, before some of them crossed the rivers Sava and Danube and settled in the Balkans. Slavic tribe that lived in the territory of present-day Subotica were the Obotrites, who were a subgroup of the Serbs. In the 9th century, after the fall of the Avar state, the first forms of Slavic statehood emerged in this area. The first Slavic states that ruled over this region included the Principality of Lower Pannonia, Great Moravia and the Bulgarian Empire.

Subotica: Late-Middle Ages

Example of secession architecture in downtown.
National Theatre in Subotica

Subotica probably first became a settlement of note when people poured into it from nearby villages destroyed during the Tatar invasions of 1241–1242. However the settlement has surely been older. It has been established that people inhabited these territories even 3000 years ago. When Zabadka / Zabatka was first recorded in 1391, it was a tiny town in the medieval Kingdom of Hungary. Later, the city belonged to the Hunyadis, one of the most influential aristocratic families in the whole of Central Europe.

King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary gave the town to one of his relatives, János Pongrác Dengelegi, who, fearing an invasion by the Ottoman Empire, fortified the castle of Subotica, erecting a fortress in 1470. Some decades later, after the Battle of Mohács in 1526, the Subotica became part of the Ottoman Empire. The majority of the Hungarian population fled northward to Royal Hungary. Bálint Török, a local noble who had ruled over Subotica, also escaped from the city.

In the extremely confused military and political situation following the defeat at Mohács, Subotica came under the control of Serbian mercenaries recruited in Banat. These soldiers were in the service of the Transylvanian general John I Zápolya, a later Hungarian king.

The leader of these mercenaries, Jovan Nenad, established in 1526–27 his rule in Bačka, northern Banat and a small part of Syrmia and created an ephemeral independent state, with Subotica as its capital. At the peak of his power, Jovan Nenad proclaimed himself as Serbian tsar in Subotica. He named Radoslav Čelnik as the general commander of his army, while his treasurer and palatine was Subota Vrlić, a Serbian noble from Jagodina. When Bálint Török returned and captured Subotica from the Serbs, Jovan Nenad moved his capital to Szeged. Some months later, in the summer of 1527, Jovan Nenad was assassinated and his state collapsed. This was the last independent Serbian state before the final Ottoman conquest of all Serb-populated lands. However, after Jovan Nenad's death, Radoslav Čelnik led the remains of the army to Ottoman Syrmia, where he briefly ruled as Ottoman vassal.

Subotica: Ottoman administration

The Ottoman Empire ruled the city from 1542 to 1686. At the end of this almost 150-year-long period, not much remained of the old town of Zabadka / Zabatka. Because much of the population had fled, the Ottomans encouraged the settlement of the area by different colonists from the Balkans. The settlers were mostly Orthodox Serbs. They cultivated the extremely fertile land around Subotica. In 1570, the population of Subotica numbered 49 houses, and in 1590, 63 houses. In 1687, the region was settled by Catholic Dalmatas (called Bunjevci today). It was called "Sobotka" during Ottoman rule and was a kaza centre in Segedin sanjak at first in Budin Eyaleti until 1596, and after that in Eğri Eyaleti between 1596–1686.

Subotica: Habsburg administration

Reichel Palace.
Downtown architecture.

In 1687, about 5,000 Bunjevci, led by Dujo Marković and Đuro Vidaković settled in Bačka (including Subotica). After the decisive battle against the Ottomans at Senta led by Prince Eugene of Savoy on 11 September 1697, Subotica became part of the military border zone Theiss-Mieresch established by the Habsburg Monarchy. In the meantime the uprising of Francis II Rákóczi broke out, which is also known as the Kuruc War.

In the region of Subotica, Rákóczi joined battle against the Rac National Militia. Rác was a designation for the South Slavic people (mostly Serbs and Bunjevci) and they often were referred to as rácok in the Kingdom of Hungary. In a later period rácok came to mean, above all, Serbs of Orthodox religion.

The Serbian military families enjoyed several privileges thanks to their service for the Habsburg Monarchy. Subotica gradually, however, developed from being a mere garrison town to becoming a market town with its own civil charter in 1743. When this happened, many Serbs complained about the loss of their privileges. The majority left the town in protest and some of them founded a new settlement just outside 18th century Subotica in Aleksandrovo, while others emigrated to Russia. In New Serbia, a new Russian province established for them, those Serbs founded a new settlement and also named it Subotica. In 1775 a Jewish community in Subotica was established.

It was perhaps to emphasise the new civic serenity of Subotica that the pious name Saint Mary came to be used for it at this time. Some decades later, in 1779, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria advanced the town's status further by proclaiming it a Free Royal Town. The enthusiastic inhabitants of the city renamed Subotica once more as Maria-Theresiopolis.

This Free Royal Town status gave a great impetus to the development of the city. During the 19th century its population doubled twice, attracting many people from all over the Habsburg Monarchy. This led eventually to a considerable demographic change. In the first half of the 19th century, the Bunjevci had still been in the majority, but there was an increasing number of Hungarians and Jews settling in Subotica. This process was not stopped even by the outbreak of the Revolutions in the Habsburg Monarchy in 1848/49.

Subotica: 1848/1849 Revolutions

Subotica 1941. under Hungarian occupation.
Subotica (Szabadka) in Hungarian postcard 1914.

During the 1848-1849 revolutions, proclaimed borders of autonomous Serbian Vojvodina included Subotica, but Serb troops did not manage to establish control in this area. On 5 March 1849, at the locality named Kaponja (between Tavankut and Bajmok), there was a battle between Serb and Hungarian army, which was won by the Hungarians.

The first newspaper in the town was also published during the 1848/49 revolution-it was called Honunk állapota ("State of Our Homeland") and was published in Hungarian by Károly Bitterman's local printing company. Unlike most Serbs and Croats who confronted with Hungarians, part of the local Bunjevci people supported Hungarian revolution.

In 1849, after the Hungarian revolution of 1848 was defeated by the Russian and Habsburg armies, the town was separated from the Kingdom of Hungary together with most of the Bačka region, and became part of a separate Habsburg province, called Voivodeship of Serbia and Banat of Temeschwar. The administrative center of this new province was Timişoara. The province existed until 1860. During the existence of the voivodeship, in 1853, Subotica acquired its impressive theatre.

Subotica: Hungarian administration

After the establishment of the Dual-Monarchy in 1867, there followed what is often called the "golden age" of city development of Subotica. Many schools were opened after 1867 and in 1869 the railway connected the city to the world. In 1896 an electrical power plant was built, further enhancing the development of the city and the whole region. Subotica now adorned itself with its remarkable Central European, fin de siècle architecture. In 1902 a Jewish synagogue was built in the Art Nouveau style.

Subotica: Yugoslavia and Serbia

Town Hall 1941.
Hungarian occupation troops massacred Serbian civilians during the occupation (1941-1944).

Subotica was part of Austria-Hungary until the aftermath of World War I in 1918, when the city became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. In changed economical and political circumstances, Subotica was now a border-town in Yugoslavia and did not, for a time, experience again the dynamic prosperity it enjoyed in the years preceding World War I. However, at that time, Subotica was the third largest city in Yugoslavia by population, following Belgrade and Zagreb.

In 1941, Yugoslavia was invaded and partitioned by the Axis Powers, and its northern parts, including Subotica, were annexed by Hungary (This partition of Yugoslavia was not recognized by the international community and city was, from the legal point of view, still part of Yugoslavia, whose only legal representative was Yugoslav government in exile). Hungarian troops entered Subotica on 11 April 1941.

As the majority of people living in the city were ethnic Hungarians and the city had been part of Hungary for over 600 years, Hungary felt it had to protect its people now living outside of its borders. During World War II the city lost approximately 7000 of its citizens, mostly Serbs, Hungarians and Jews. Before the war about 6000 Jews lived in Subotica. Many Jews were deported from the city during the Holocaust, mostly to Auschwitz.

In April 1944 a ghetto was set up. Also, many communists were put to death during Axis rule. In 1944, the Axis forces left city, and Subotica became part of the new socialist Yugoslavia. During the 1944–45 period about 8,000 citizens (mainly Hungarian) were killed by Yugoslav partisans as retribution for supporting Hungary re-taking the city.

In the post-war period Subotica has gradually modernised itself. During the Yugoslav and Kosovo wars of the 1990s, a considerable number of Serb refugees came to the city from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo, whilst many ethnic Hungarians and Croats, as well as local Serbs, left the country because of economical stagnation. However, unlike in some other places of Serbia, number of Serbs who are moving to Subotica is larger than the number of those who are leaving the city.

Subotica: Cityscape

Library in Subotica.
Saint Dimitrius Serbian orthodox church.
City center.
Monuments in Subotica.

Unique in Serbia, Subotica has the most buildings built in the art nouveau style. The City Hall (built in 1908-1910) and the Synagogue (1902) are of especially outstanding beauty. These were built by the same architects, Marcell Komor and Dezső Jakab, from Budapest, Hungary. Another exceptional example of art nouveau architecture is the actual Artistic Encounter building, which was built in 1904 by Ferenc J. Raichle.

Church buildings include the Cathedral of St. Theresa of Avila dating from 1797, the Franciscan Monastery dating from 1723, the Orthodox churches also from the 18th century, and the Hungarian Art Nouveau Subotica Synagogue from the early 20th century and is currently in the process of renovation.

The historic National Theatre in Subotica, which was built in 1854 as the first monumental public building in Subotica, was demolished in 2007, although it was declared a historic monument under state protection in 1983, and in 1991 it was added to the National Register as a monument of an extraordinary cultural value. It is currently in the midst of renovation and is scheduled to open in 2017.

Subotica: Neighborhoods

Following are the neighborhoods of Subotica:

  • Aleksandrovo
  • Bajnat
  • Centar
  • Dudova Šuma (Radijalac)
  • Gat
  • Graničar
  • Ker
  • Kertvaroš
  • Makova Sedmica
  • Mali Bajmok
  • Mali Radanovac
  • Novi Grad
  • Novo Naselje
  • Prozivka
  • Srpski Šor
  • Teslino Naselje
  • Veliki Radanovac
  • Zorka
  • Železničko Naselje
For Hungarian names of some of the quarters, please see: List of Hungarian exonyms in Vojvodina.

Subotica: Suburbs and villages

The administrative area of Subotica comprises the Subotica city, the town of Palić and 17 villages. The villages are:

  • Bački Vinogradi
  • Bačko Dušanovo
  • Bajmok
  • Bikovo
  • Čantavir
  • Donji Tavankut
  • Đurđin
  • Gornji Tavankut
  • Hajdukovo
  • Kelebija
  • Ljutovo
  • Mala Bosna
  • Mišićevo
  • Novi Žednik
  • Stari Žednik
  • Šupljak
  • Višnjevac

Subotica: Demographics

Ethnic map of the Subotica proper
Ethnic map of the Subotica administrative area

Subotica: Ethnic composition

The population of the urban part of Subotica administrative area (including towns of Subotica and Palić) is as follows composed of:

  • Hungarians = 34,511 (32.66%)
  • Serbs = 31,558 (29.86%)
  • Croats = 9,698 (9.18%)
  • Bunjevci = 9,236 (8.74%)
  • Yugoslavs = 2,728 (2.58%)
  • Romani = 2,586 (2.45%)
  • others

The population of the Subotica administrative area (which includes urban Subotica, town of Palić and suburban and rural settlements) is composed of:

  • Hungarians = 50,469 (35.65%)
  • Serbs = 38,254 (27.02%)
  • Croats = 14,151 (10.00%)
  • Bunjevci = 13,553 (9.57%)
  • Yugoslavs = 3,202 (2.26%)
  • others
  • Places with either an absolute or relative Hungarian ethnic majority are: Subotica (Hungarian: Szabadka), Palić (Hungarian: Palicsfürdő), Hajdukovo (Hungarian: Hajdújárás), Bački Vinogradi (Hungarian: Bácsszőlős), Šupljak (Hungarian: Alsóludas), Čantavir (Hungarian: Csantavér), Bačko Dušanovo (Hungarian: Zentaörs), and Kelebija (Hungarian: Alsókelebia).
  • Places with an absolute or relative Serb ethnic majority are: Bajmok, Višnjevac, Novi Žednik, and Mišićevo.
  • Places with a relative ethnic majority Croat are: Mala Bosna, Đurđin, Donji Tavankut, Gornji Tavankut, Bikovo, Stari Žednik.
  • Ljutovo has a relative Bunjevac ethnic majority.

Subotica: Languages

Languages spoken in Subotica administrative area:

  • Serbian = 63,412 (44.80%)
  • Hungarian = 50,621 (35.76%)
  • Bunjevac = 6,313 (4.46%)
  • Croatian = 5,758 (4.07%)
  • others

Subotica: Religion

Cathedral of Saint Teresa of Avila

Religion in Subotica administrative area:

  • Roman Catholic = 81,532 (57.60%)
  • Orthodox = 39,333 (27.79%)
  • Muslim = 2,756 (1,95%)
  • Protestant = 2,372 (1.68%)
  • Judaism = 89 (0.001%)

Subotica is the centre of the Roman Catholic diocese of the Bačka region. The Subotica area has the highest concentration of Catholics in Serbia. 57% of the city's population are Catholics. There are eight Catholic parish churches, a Franciscan spiritual centre (the city has communities of both Franciscan monks and Franciscan nuns), a female Dominican community, and two congregations of Augustinian religious sisters. The diocese of Subotica has the only Catholic secondary school in Serbia (Paulinum).

Subotica Synagogue

When the nuns' orphanage and children's home in Blato had exhausted the food and funds needed for helping poor and hungry children, Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified Petković went to Bačka, whose apostolic seat is Subotica, to solicit help for orphans and widows. Bishop Ljudevit Lajčo Budanović asked Petković to found monasteries of her Order in Subotica and neighbourhood, so the locals could benefit spiritually from the instruction of the nuns of her Order. She learned that Bačka had many poor and abandoned children. In 1923, she opened Kolijevka, Children's Home in Subotica. The home still exists but is no longer run by nuns.

Among another Christian communities, the members of the Serbian Orthodox Church are the most numerous. There are two Orthodox church buildings in the city. Orthodox Christians in Subotica belong to the Eparchy of Bačka of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Subotica has two Protestant churches as well, Lutheran and Calvinist, respectively. The Jewish community of Subotica is the third largest in Serbia, after those in Belgrade and Novi Sad. About 1000 (of the 6,000 pre-war Jews of Subotica) survived the Holocaust. According to the 2011 census, some 84 Jews remain in Subotica.

Subotica: Politics

City hall

Results of 2016 local elections in Subotica municipality:

  • SNS coalition: 35.6%
  • Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians: 15%
  • Movement for Civic Subotica: 12.9%
  • Democratic Party: 8.5%
  • League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina: 5.7%

After the elections, coalition led by Serbian Progressive Party and Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians formed local municipal government. Bogdan Laban, from Serbian Progressive Party, was elected mayor.

Subotica: Economy

The area around Subotica is mainly farmland but the city itself is an important industrial and transportation centre in Serbia. Due to the surrounding farmlands Subotica has famous food producer industries in the country, including such brands as the confectionery factory "Pionir", "Fidelinka" the cereal manufacturer, "Mlekara Subotica" a milk producer and "Simex" producer of strong alcohol drinks.

There are a number of old socialistic industries that survived the transition period in Serbia. The biggest one is the chemical fertilizer factory "Azotara" and the rail wagon factory "Bratstvo". Currently the biggest export industry in town is the "Siemens Subotica" wind generators factory and it is the biggest brownfield investment so far. The other big companies in Subotica are: Fornetti, ATB Sever and Masterplast. More recent companies to come to Subotica include Dunkermotoren and NORMA Group. Tourism is important. In the past few years, Palić has been famous for the Palić Film Festival. Subotica is a festival city, hosting more than 17 festivals over the year.

Subotica: Education

Subotica: Secondary schools

  • Polytechnic school, Surveying and Construction, Typography, Forestry and Wood Processing
"Svetozar Marković" Gymnasium.
Technical School.
  • Teachers' College, founded in 1689, the oldest college in the country and region
  • "Svetozar Marković" grammar school
  • "Dezső Kosztolányi" Philological grammar school
  • "MEŠC" Electro-mechanical school, recently renamed to "Tehnička Škola - Subotica" (en. "Technical School")
  • "Bosa Milićević" School of Economics
  • "Lazar Nešić" School of Chemistry

Subotica: Historical schools (1920 to 1941)

  • Subotica Law School

Subotica: Sport

Subotica has one major football stadium, the Subotica City Stadium, indoor arena and indoor swimming pool. The local football team is Spartak and plays in the Serbian SuperLiga, the country's primary football competition.

Subotica: Media

Newspapers and magazines published in Subotica:

  • Magyar Szó, daily newspaper in Hungarian, founded 1944, published in Subotica since 2006.
  • Subotičke novine, main weekly newspaper in Serbian.
  • Bunjevačke novine, in Bunjevac.
  • Hrvatska riječ, in Croatian.
  • Zvonik, in Croatian

Subotica: Infrastructure

Railway station

A1 motorway connects the city with Novi Sad and Belgrade on south and, across the border with Hungary, with Szeged to the north. It is concurrent with Budapest–Belgrade railroad, which connects it to major European cities.

The city used to have a tram system, the Subotica tram system, but it was discontinued in 1974. The Subotica tram, put into operation in 1897, ran on electricity from the start. While neighbouring cities' trams at this date were often still horse-drawn, this gave the Subotica system an advantage over municipalities including Belgrade, Novi Sad, Zagreb, and Szeged. Its existence was important to the citizens of Subotica, as well as tourists who came to visit. Subotica has since developed a bus system. The Subotica buses transport people via nine city, six suburban, and ten interurban, as well as two international lines of bus operations. Per year the buses pass some 4.7 million kilometres, and carry about ten million people.

The city is served by Subotica Airport; its runway is too short for airliners, limiting usage to mostly recreational aviation. Southwest of the city there is a 218.5 metres tall guyed mast for FM-/TV-broadcasting. It is the tallest of its kind in Serbia and one of the tallest in the region.

Subotica: Famous citizens

  • Jenő Arányi (hu) (1883–1944), journalist, writer, author of books for children, novelist
  • Branimir Aleksić, football player and member of the Serbia national football team
  • György Arnold (hu) (1771–1848), Hungarian composer
  • Sava Babić (born 1934), writer, translator and university professor
  • Géza Csáth (1887–1919), a tragic physician-writer
  • Gyula Cseszneky (born 1914), Hungarian, poet, voivode
  • Sreten Damjanović (born 1946), wrestler
  • Oliver Dulić (born 1975), politician
  • Vlatko Dulić (born 1943), actor
  • Yehuda Elkana, born 1934. Israeli philosopher of science
  • Zoran Kalinić (born 1958), table tennis champion
  • Danilo Kiš (1935–1989), writer
  • Juci Komlós (born 1919), Hungarian actress
  • Dezső Kosztolányi (1885–1936), Hungarian poet and prose-writer
  • Zoran Kuntić, a former Serbian professional footballer
  • Félix Lajkó (born 1974), a "world music" violinist and composer
  • Péter Lékó (born 1979), Hungary's number one chess player
  • Szilveszter Lévai (born 1945), Hungarian composer
  • Aleksandar Lifka (1880–1952), a central-European cinematographer
  • Bela Lugosi (1882–1956), actor
  • Refik Memišević (born 1956), wrestle champion
  • Đula Mešter, born in 1972, volleyball player and Olympic champion
  • Jovan Mikić Spartak (1914–1944), the leader of the Partisans in Subotica, and a national hero who was killed in 1944
  • Tihomir Ognjanov, a former Serbian footballer who was part of Yugoslavia national football team
  • Momir Petković (born 1953), wrestling champion
  • Bojana Radulović (born 1973), handball player
  • Eva Ras (born 1941), actress, painter and writer
  • Magdolna Rúzsa (born 1985), Hungarian pop singer
  • Ivan Sarić (1876–1966), aviation pioneer and cyclist
  • Tibor Sekelj (Tibor Székely) (1912–1988), explorer, esperantist, writer
  • John Simon, American theatre critic
  • György Sztantics (1878–1918), a racewalking champion at the Intercalated Games
  • Đorđe Tutorić, Serbian professional football player
  • Davor Štefanek (born 1985), Serbian wrestler and Olympic champion
  • Nikola Kalinić (born 1991), Serbian basketball player, silver medalist at the Olympics and the FIBA World Cup

Subotica: International cooperation

  • Subotica is a pilot city of the Council of Europe and the EU Intercultural cities programme.

Subotica: Twin towns - Sister cities

Subotica is twinned with the following cities:

Hungary Szeged, Hungary
Slovakia Dunajská Streda, Slovakia
Czech Republic Olomouc, Czech Republic
Croatia Osijek, Croatia
Romania Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania

Subotica: Partner Cities

Subotica is a partner city with the following:

Hungary Baja, Hungary
Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Slovenia Izola, Slovenia
Hungary Kecskemét, Hungary
Hungary Kiskunhalas, Hungary
Germany München, Germany
Belgium Namur, Belgium
Netherlands Tilburg, Netherlands
Finland Turku, Finland
Germany Ulm, Germany
United Kingdom Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Croatia Zagreb, Croatia
Hungary Zirc, Hungary

Subotica: See also

  • List of mayors of Subotica
  • Municipalities of Serbia
  • List of cities in Serbia
  • List of cities, towns and villages in Vojvodina
  • North Bačka District

Subotica: References

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Subotica: Sources

  • Recent (2002) statistical information comes from the Serbian statistical office.
    • Ethnic statistics: "КОНАЧНИ РЕЗУЛТАТИ ПОПИСА 2002" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-25. (477 KB), САОПШTЕЊЕ СН31, брoј 295 • год. LII, 24.12.2002, YU ISSN 0353-9555. Accessed 17 January 2006. On page 6–7, Становништво према националној или етничкој припадности по попису 2002. Statistics can be found on the lines for "Суботица" (Subotica).
    • Language and religion statistics: Popis stanovništva, domaćinstava i stanova u 2002, ISBN 86-84433-02-5. Accessed 17 January 2006. On page 11–12: СТАНОВНИШТВО ПРЕМА ВЕРОИСПОВЕСТИ, СТАНОВНИШТВО ПРЕМА МАТЕРЊЕМ ЈЕЗИКУ. Statistics can be found on the lines for "Суботица" (Subotica).
  • The official website of Subotica
  • JP Subotica Trans - Public Transport Official Site
  • Subotica's official website for tourism and travel information
  • History of Subotica
  • Panoramic pictures from Subotica
  • Subotica International Festival of Children's Theatres
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