Mining, hydro-plant and cultural mixes

The Bor District is in the eastern part of Serbia and covers an area of 3,507 km2. The administrative center is the town of Bor but it also covers the towns of Kladovo, Majdanpek and Negotin.

From medieval times, this area was known as rich in copper, gold and with some silver deposits, especially in Bor and Majdanpek.

The name Bor in Serbian means "pine tree", which speaks to the beautiful landscape around the town surrounded by the mountain Stol.

The town is economically depended on copper mining and the firm RTB Bor. Similarly the town of Majdanpek's name is derived from "quarry", whose mines are part of the same corporation.

The main business in the town of Kladovo is the hydor-electric power plant "Djerdap" on the river Danube, but the villages around it and the municipality of Negotin are a very poor area of the country with high unemployment and outward emmigration.

The border geography as well as mining make this area a unique mix of cultural influences among the 32 nationalities who live there.


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Serbian Wine Regions - Negotinska Krajina
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

Negotinska Krajina is a region located near the Serbian border with Bulgaria and Romania. The fertile ground of the region is elevated between the 60 and 480 meters. The Danube river flowing along the border, makes this region's climate stable, and also provides more sunshine due to the river's mirror effect. With such favorable conditions it's no surprise this region was known to grow grapes since the ancient times. The region of Bor, where Negotinska Krajina is situated is in the top 3 regions in Serbia by grape production, with more than 30,000 tons of grapes annualy.  

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