Indjija is a town in the Srem region located on the southern slopes
of Fruska Gora Mountain, half way between Belgrade and Novi Sad – on the
place where the two most important European corridors intersect:
Corridor 10 (highway E-75) and Corridor 7 (the River Danube). The
Municipality of Indjija covers an area of 385 km², and consists of 11
settlements. Indjija is located at 45º03’ north latitude and 20º05’ east
longitude, at 113m above sea level.
municipality’s relief is characterized by slopes of Fruska Gora
Mountain in the north part and fertile plain in the south part of the
territory. The region has a moderate continental climate. The coldest
month is January with average temperature of -1ºC, and the warmest are
July and August with average temperature of 22ºC.
52,750 residents and a population density of 130/m2. It has a very
diverse population comprised of Serbs, Croats, Hungarians, Slovaks,
Ukrainians, Roma, Macedonians, Rusins, Russians, Bosniaks, Bulgarians,
Czechs and others.
The first mention of Indjija dates back to 1455. According to a description from 1746 the settlement had 60 households, while in 1791 it had already grown to 122 households with 1,054 residents.
Germans and Czechs started to settle in Indjija at the beginning of the 19th century, while Hungarians migrated there towards the end of the century. Prior to the World War II, 5,900 of the total population of 7,800 were comprised of ethnic Germans. The town was at the time one of the most developed settlements in Vojvodina, and a spiritual and cultural center of Germans in the Srem region. In the post war period, Indjija developed into a strong economic center of this part of Srem, which it is still today.
Numerous cultural and historical monuments, dating from the pre-historic period up to now, are a testimony of the rich past of Indjija. The remains of the Roman Empire fortresses in Stari Slankamen and Cortanovci, medieval castles in Stari Slankamen and monument of the Slankamen battle shows the strategic importance of this area on the Danube River which, throughout the history, has always represented a border.
The Danube River flows through the territory of the municipality in length of 30 km, cutting to the ends of Fruska Gora and creating a magnificent shore line, one of the most beautiful in the flow of the Danube River. Fertile soil and sunny sides of the Fruska Gora have made the municipality a place with developed fruit harvesting and wine yard fields.
Inđija municipality is one of the most
developed municipalities in Serbia and its leading economic branches are
agriculture, industry, trade and tourism. Inđija is also one of the most
successful cities in Serbia when it comes to attracting investments. The main factors of economic development of Inđija,
aside from agriculture, are industry and micro businesses.
In order to provide
space for industrial and micro business development, Inđija’s General Urban
Development Plan envisages two city development zones to northeast and
southeast of the town of Inđija. Forming industrial zones has enabled the
construction of new capacities and the possibility of permanent relocation of
all production capacities from the central and residential part of the
settlement, which is primarily reflected in the quality of the environment in
the town and the quality of work and production conditions.
The biggest foreign investors in Inđija are
Henkel, Thyssenkroupp, Grundfos, Terraproduction, Metal Cinkara, Energozelena,
IGB Automotive, Embassy Group, Fashion Park Outlet centre, Izoterm Plama,
Gombit, Tehnoeksport, Martini Construction, Farmina pet foods, Invej,
Tradeunique, Gas-teh and many others.
Around half a billion euros of FDI have been invested
in the Municipality of Inđija, which is the highest percentage of direct
investments per capita in the country, earning Inđija the title of the best
municipality anywhere in Serbia.
Municipality of Indjija won the first prize for the most transparent local administration in 2013th awarded by The European Movement within the project "Good Government." Among 48 local administrations Indjija won the most points, and the award which is the equivalent of one given by The Council of Europe.
City of Culture and Sports
The town of Inđija, as the centre of one of the most progressive
municipalities in Serbia, is a town of culture and sport, a town that cherishes
its sporting spirit and has organised major sport events (Universiad 2009,
World U17 Football Championships etc) and has two teams that compete in highest level of competition in Serbia - Woman handball team "Železničar" and American Footbal Club "Inđija Indians". Inđija is well know as good host of major events such as unforgettable Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert, traditional "Scena Fest" and various cultural events.