Šavnik is a small town in northern Montenegro. It has a population of 570 (2003 census). Šavnik is the center of the municipality (population 2,947) and unofficial center of Drobnjaci region, home of the Drobnjaci tribe.
History of Savnik
Šavnik is a relatively new settlement, founded in 1861. It was populated by internal migrants from other parts of Montenegro, mostly craftsmen, which were needed by local farmers. The town quickly became a center for the Drobnjaci region, and incorporated a post office, school, primary court, and military post. Industrialization during the SFR Yugoslavia era mostly bypassed Šavnik, so did any major transit road or rail links, so the economy of town went into stagnation. Population of Šavnik and entire municipality is since in slow but steady decrease. Most of the residents are migrating to Nikšić and southern Montenegro, and Šavnik is often a synonym for a poor and deteriorating town. The future road Risan – Nikšić – Šavnik – Žabljak, and proximity of Žabljak as a main mountain tourist resort in Montenegro may boost Šavnik’s economic prospects.
Population of Savnik
Šavnik is administrative center of Šavnik municipality, which has 2,947 residents. The town of Šavnik itself has a population of 570. Šavnik municipality has the smallest population of all Montenegrin municipalities. The town of Šavnik is also the capital of municipality in Montenegro with fewest residents.