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Coordinates: 42°37′N19°03′E / 42.61°N 19.05°E / 42.61; 19.05 Coordinates: 42°37′N19°03′E / 42.61°N 19.05°E / 42.61; 19.05
Country Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro
Municipality CoatDG.svg Danilovgrad
  MayorZorica Kovačević (DPS)
  Ruling party DPS - SD
   Town and municipality 501 km2 (193 sq mi)
 (2011 census)
  Density33/km2 (90/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
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Area code +382 20
ISO 3166-2 code ME-07
Car plates DG
Climate Cfa
Website http://danilovgrad.me/

Danilovgrad (Montenegrin : Даниловград) is a town in central Montenegro. It has a population of 6,852 (2011 census). It is situated in the Danilovgrad Municipality which lies along the main route between Montenegro's two largest cities, Podgorica and Nikšić. Via villages, Danilovgrad forms part of a conurbation with Podgorica.


The town of Danilovgrad is located in the fertile valley of the Zeta River, sometimes called also the Bjelopavlići plain, after the name of the local clan. It is the centre of the Danilovgrad municipality, which has a population of 18,472.


In the place of Danilovgrad, there are remains of Gradina (Martinići), remains can be found of the ruler Petar Gojniković. The court was built by prince Mutimir, who was also once buried in there, also from the dynasty of Vlastimirović (Višeslavić). Gradina is also a prominent seat from the Nemanjić period, believed to be the birthplace of Prince Rastko, also known as Saint Sava, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Danilovgrad was founded with the purpose of being the capital of Montenegro. Foundations for this planned city were first laid by King Nikola I in 1870. However, after the cities of Nikšić and Podgorica were liberated from Ottoman hands, during the Congress of Berlin its significance diminished. It got its name after Nicholas' predecessor Prince Danilo.

World War II

On May 31, 1944, a USAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator crashed in Danilovgrad. [1] Although its entire crew of 10 ejected and survived, they were later caught and became prisoners of war. [1] On July 23, 1944, 52 people, allegedly members of the League of Communist Youth of Yugoslavia, [2] were killed in a mass execution by Chetniks in Danilovgrad. [3]

During the Yugoslav Wars

On April 14–15, 1995, a pogrom drove out the Romani population in one of Danilovgrad's neighborhoods, Božova Glavica. [4]

On March 24, 1999, the Milovan Šaranović barracks in Danilovgrad were bombed by NATO aircraft, killing a soldier named Saša Stojić. [5] He was the first victim of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. [5]


According to the 2011 census, the population of the town was 5,156. [6]

Ethnicity in 2011
Montenegrins 3,63770.5%
Serbs 1,11821.7%
Albanians 200.4%
Russians 140.3%
Croats 80.2%
Roma 70.1%


The local football team is FK Iskra, who have been playing in the country's top tier since 2015. They host their games at the Braća Velašević Stadium. The town's basketball team is KK Danilovgrad and RK Danilovgrad is the handball club.


Danilovgrad is situated approximately halfway between two largest Montenegrin cities, Podgorica and Nikšić, on the main road that connects these two. It is also served by the Nikšić–Podgorica railway.

Podgorica Airport is 30 km (19 mi) away, and has regular flights to Belgrade, Budapest, Bari, Zagreb, Skopje, Zürich, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Paris, Rome and Vienna.

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