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Vojvodina (Region, Yugoslavia [Serbia])

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Presentation of Vojvodina

Region in northern Serbia which enjoyed autonomous status from 1946 to 1989. Vojvodina is situated in the southern part of the Central Danube Plain and includes some of the richest agricultural land in former Yugoslavia.

Area: 21,506 sq km

Population (1991): 2,013,889

Brief history: During the 6th century there were successive waves of immigration by Lombards, Avars, and Slavic peoples. In the late 9th century, Magyar Hungarians settled in Vojvodina and the area became part of the Kingdom of Hungary. When much of Hungary was incorporated into the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vojvodina was included. In 1690 numerous Serbs migrated into the area from territories to the south occupied by the Ottoman Empire. Vojvodina remained under Hapsburg rule until 1918, when it was annexed to the emergent Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, later Yugoslavia.

During the inter-war years, the Belgrade government sponsored the settlement of Serbs in Vojvodina, and pressured local Hungarians to emigrate. As a result the ethnic composition of the province changed. Briefly reassigned to Hungary during Second World War, Vojvodina was returned to Yugoslav rule in 1945. Became an autonomous province within the Republic of Serbia in 1946. In March 1989, Vojvodina's autonomous status was abolished. Pressure for a restoration of provincial autonomy has continued to the present day.

Source: Vojvodina Microsoft® Encarta® 98 Encyclopedia

Population there is very mixed. My 1988 Lexicon says that Vojvodina is populated with Serbs, Hungarians, Croats, Slovaks, Romanians, Germans, Ukrainians, Czechs and Ruthenians.

Uros Zizmund, 7 February 1998


Coat of arms

[Coat of arms of Vojvodina] from vojvodina.com

The Parliament of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in Northern Serbia adopted the coat of arms of the province on 28 June 2002.

The coat of arms shall be displayed together with the arms of Serbia, and is purely protocolar, displayed on diplomas, seals, etc.

Zikica Milosevic, 29 June 2002

Only a coat of arms was adopted. The intention was to create a working group that would look into issues of other symbols (flag, anthem) but this was not done due to procedural problems. This would mean that it shall be very likely that in near (or not so near) future there shall also be a Vojvodina flag, too.

The three fields of the new coat of arms of Vojvodina bear the coats of arms of counties, then Hungarian and Croatian, granted in 18th century:

 

 

Zeljko Heimer & Zikica Milosevic, 29 June 2002

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