Šavnik is a small town in northern Montenegro. It has a population of 570. Šavnik is the center of the municipality with a population 2,947 and is the unofficial center of the Drobnjaci region, home of the Drobnjaci tribe. The municipality of Šavnik has the smallest population of all Montenegrin municipalities. The city of Šavnik is also the capital of a municipality in Montenegro with the smallest inhabitants. The Komarnica river and the breathtaking gorge Nevidio are just a few kilometers away from here.
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. However, since the end of 2010, the reconstruction of the road of Risan – Nikšić – Šavnik – Zabljak has been completed and could give an extra boost to Šavnik ‘s economic outlook.