Zrenjanin (Serbian Cyrillic: Зрењанин,
pronounced [zrɛ̌ɲanin]; Hungarian: Nagybecskerek; Slovak:
Zreňanin) is a city and the administrative center of the Central
Banat District in the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. The
city urban area has a population of 76,511 inhabitants, while the city
administrative area has 123,362 inhabitants (2011 census data).
Zrenjanin is the largest city in the Serbian part of the Banat
geographical region, and the third largest city in
Novi Sad and Subotica).
2.2 Middle Ages
2.3 Ottoman period
2.4 Habsburg and Austrian period (1718–1914)
2.5 World War I and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia
2.6 Second World War and SFR Yugoslavia
2.7 After 1991
3.1 Inhabited places
3.2 Neighbourhoods in Zrenjanin
4.1 Ethnic groups
7.1 Main sights
8 Notable residents
9 International relations
9.1 Twin towns — sister cities
10 See also
12 External links
Lion in Županija Park
The city was named after
Žarko Zrenjanin (1902–1942) in honour and
remembrance of his name in 1946. He was one of the leaders of the
Vojvodina communist Partisans. During World War II, he was imprisoned
and released after being tortured by the Nazis for months.[citation
needed] Later he was killed while trying to avoid being recaptured.
The former Serbian name of the city was Bečkerek (Бечкерек)
or Veliki Bečkerek (Велики Бечкерек). In 1935 the city
was renamed to Petrovgrad (Петровград) in honor of king
Peter I of Serbia. It was called Petrovgrad from 1935 to 1946.
In Hungarian, the city is known as Nagybecskerek, in German as
Großbetschkerek or Betschkerek, in Romanian as Becicherecul Mare or
Zrenianin, in Slovak as Zreňanin, in Rusin as Зрењанин, in
Croatian as Zrenjanin, and in Turkish as Beşkelek (meaning five
melons) or Beçkerek.
It is assumed[by whom?] that Zrenjanin's original
name, Bečkerek/Becskerek, comes from Hungarian word kerek ("forest,
grove") and the surname of the 14th-century nobleman, Imre Becsei, who
had large estates in the area. Therefore, the name would be translated
into English as "Becsei's Forest". The original name received an
adjective meaning "great/big/major" in the languages of the Banat
(Serbian: Veliki or Велики, Danube Swabian: Groß, Hungarian:
Nagy, Romanian: Mare), to distinguish it from a village of the same
name in the Romanian Banat, that is usually referred to as small
Bečkerek (cf. Serbian: Mali Bečkerek or Мали Бечкерек,
Danube Swabian: Kleinbetschkerek, Romanian: Becicherecu Mic,
Old postcard of Zrenjanin
Prehistory can be divided into the
Palaeolithic – Old Stone Age and
Neolithic – New Stone Age. In Zrenjanin's regions no
archaeological sites of the
Palaeolithic have been found. The only
exception makes the discovery of mammoth’s head and other bones
found on the banks of
Tisa River near
Novi Bečej in the year 1952.
The discovered archaeological sites, however, indicate that these
regions had already been inhabited in the early
Neolithic period about
5000 years BC. The most important archaeological site from this period
is so-called Krstić tumulus, near Mužlja, about 10 km
(6 mi) away from Zrenjanin. Here were found the ceramics, with
interesting ornaments. Beside the brewery ground have been found
rough, with coloured fine ceramics, ornaments (Starčevo culture). The
Neolithic appeared in our area as Vinča and
in the down course of the Tisa River. What makes this area important
is the fact that the influence of two parallel cultures flew through
it at the same time. The
Iron Age has not been enough explored yet. A
few regions with some archaeological materials from the
Iron Age have
been found: in the residential area Šumica a tip of a spear was found
and near the oil factory, pieces of ceramics from the
Bronze Age were
At the beginning of the common era, this area was settled by many
native tribes, but also by many newcomer tribes: the Illyrians, the
Celts, the Goths, the Geths, the
Sarmatian and Jazghs. In the end of
the 3rd century and in the middle of the 4th century, in the area of
Zrenjanin and its surroundings, the
From this period a Sarmatian’s graveyard has been found in a city
residential district, near the railroad bridge. Finally in the
necropolis, not far from Aradac, “Mečka”, more than 120 graves,
which date from the end of the 6th and the beginning of the 7th
century, have been excavated in 1952.
Ottoman city of Bečkerek (Zrenjanin) in 1697–98, including mosque
with minaret that dominated the city.
The first historical records mentioning
Zrenjanin (Bečkerek) date
from the 14th century, the time when Charles I, King of
Croatia (1301–1342), used to visit
Banat and spend time in his
capital Timișoara. (Near today's
Zrenjanin a coin was found with the
inscription "Charles I".) Many noblemen came with the King, including
the powerful Imre Becsei. The areas where Becsei settled down were
named for him, “Bechereki” and “Beche” (Novi Bečej).
The oldest written records of Bečkerek date from Budim Capitulum’s
document of collecting the Pope’s tens taxes in 1326, 1331 and 1332.
Judging by the size of the taxes, Bečkerek of 1330’s was an average
village. The first settlers were the landless Hungarian peasants.
There were the
Serbs in Banat, too. During the reign of Louis I of
Hungary (1343–1382), more
Serbs migrated to the area from the south,
and with them many Orthodox priests. In the 15th century Bečkerek was
mostly populated by Serbias, but after the
Kosovo battle (1389), Turks
migrated here too.
After the Turkish victory at the battle of Nicopolis (1396) the
King Sigismund (1387–1437) was considering defending the
territory settled by the Serbs, and he is known to have visited
Bečkerek on September 30, 1398. The town was granted to Stefan
Lazarević at the end of the 1403. The despot became the vassal of the
Hungarian King; but he got Bečkerek and the title of the Great Head
of the Torontál County.
Sokollu Mehmed Pasha
Sokollu Mehmed Pasha , founder of Bečkerek vakuf
The Hungarian King Ferdinand appointed friar Djordje Martinović, a
commander of his forces, to defend the town from the Ottomans. Hungary
was attacked by 80,000 Ottoman soldiers under the command of Vizier
Sokollu Mehmed Pasha. On September 15, 1551, the siege of the town
Bečej was raised and the town was taken after four days. On September
24 the Bečkerek fortress was sieged. Many people left town earlier
and with few defenders the town couldn't be defended and those eighty,
who left surrendered the next day. Malković was appointed the lord of
Bečkerek. After the Ottomans had taken
Timișoara in 1552, Banat
became a special province, the Temeşvar Eyalet, which was made up of
several sanjaks, one of which was the
Sanjak of Beçkerek.
During Ottoman occupation, the sanjak had a military administration.
Due to good behaviour of the rayah, the inhabitants were exempt from
war taxes. During the 165 years of Ottoman rule, Bečkerek consisted
of two separate settlements: the settlement of Bečkerek and the
village of Gradnulica. The town was divided into two parts, a Turkish
and a Serbian. The Turkish part was fenced and closed, while the
Serbian one was open. On the main square there was a large mosque
built and inside the fortress there was a little one. There was a
Turkish bath, and around it there were about twenty stores. Gradnulica
was a disorderly village, whose centre was approximately on the
crossroad of the present streets Sindjelićeva and Djurdjevska. Prior
to Ottoman occupation, the citizens were
Serbs and Hungarians. At the
end of the 18th century there were about fifty Turkish families.
According to the
Treaty of Karlowitz
Treaty of Karlowitz (1699), the Temeşvar Eyalet,
including Bečkerek, stayed under Ottoman rule, while bordering
territories once again came under the Military Frontier. After the
Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18
Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18 Bečkerek went under Habsburg rule.
Habsburg and Austrian period (1718–1914)
Theatre building, Zrenjanin
As a crown province,
Banat belonged directly to the
Vienna court. The
first governor, appointed by the Emperor, was Count Claudius Mercy. By
the imperial edict on September 12, 1718,
Banat was divided into 13
districts, with the main administration in
Timișoara at its head. The
Banat included a few settlements: Idjoš, Arač, Bečej,
Ečka and Aradac. The first chief of this district was
Titus Vespanius Slucki. After the Turkish forces and Turks families
had withdrawn, the land was left devastated without labour, which
could till the soil and paid taxes. That’s why the Austrian court
tried to settle
Banat as soon as possible.
The colonization lasted from 1718 till 1724, when the town was settled
mostly by Germans, but the
Serbs never stopped arriving. The military
Potisje was displaced. In the following years Italians,
Romanians arrived and then the Catalans from Barcelona, who
settled in a place which is now the suburb of Dolja within Zrenjanin.
The town was called New Barcelona. But the life was difficult in this
marsh area with many contagious diseases, so many of them died and
still many left. The permanent dangers for the newcomers were the
Turkish gangs, who drove very often into the town plundering and
National Museum of Zrenjanin
In the summer of 1738 there was the great plague. The Count Mersy
wanted to turn marshes into fertile soil and he began to regulate the
Begej River. In the middle and down course of the river a long canal
was built, to make the river traffic possible between Bečkerek and
Timișoara. On the first of November 1745 Sebastian Krazeisen began to
make beer in the first brewery and that meant the first start of the
industrialization. In the same year the first Serb’s school was
On 6 June 1769
Maria Theresa granted the Community of Great Bečkerek,
the privilege of becoming the trading centre. By this privilege the
whole social-economic life of the former Bečkerek was regulated and
it got the status of the town. In 1769 the first hospital was built.
In 1779, by the new organization of Torontál County, Bečkerek became
its centre. The city was briefly restored to Ottoman administration
from 1787 to 1788 during Austro-Turkish War (1787–91).
Zrenjanin Court House
In the 18th century it developed into thriving economic and cultural
centre, but the great fire destroyed a large portion of the town in
1807. The town was soon rebuilt. The fire came from the brewery, on 30
August 1807. After the fire a new regulation of streets had been done,
houses had been built from stronger materials, roads had been rebuilt.
The river traffic was especially intensive. The theatre building with
an attractively decorated hall was built in 1839. In 1846 the Grammar
School was opened and in 1847 the first printing shop.
1848–49 Revolutions had its impact on Bečkerek. The Serbs
revolted, aiming for autonomy within the Austrian Empire. At the May
Assembly (13–15 May 1848), the Serbian
Vojvodina was proclaimed,
including most of what is today Vojvodina.
Serbs from Bečkerek
participated in the uprising against Hungarian authority (which
refused Serb rights) and from 26 January to 29 April 1849 the town was
under Serb rebel control. In 1849, the town became part of the
Banat of Temeschwar until 1860.
Although that time was known in history as a period of Bach's
absolutism, the second part of the 19th century brought the town new
developing benefits. New industrial facilities and handicraft stores
were opened in every part of the town. Late 19th and early 20th
century was progressive period for Veliki Bečkerek. Railway arrived
in 1883, while post office was opened back in 1737.
World War I and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Begej in Zrenjanin
After the Sarajevo assassination, more than 30 citizens of Bečkerek
were accused by the Austria-Hungary’s authorities of high treason.
Among them was Dr. Emil Gavrila, who together with Svetozar Miletić
and Jaša Tomić, worked very hard on the cultural and social
strengthening of Serbs. The
Serbs recruited in the Austria-Hungary’s
army began soon to desert, so that they would not fight against their
own people. 7000 of them formed volunteer detachments (people were
Banat and Srem) at the Eastern front and fought at Dobruja, but
79 of them fought on the Salonice front, too.
After four hard years and the Golgotha of Serb people, the Serbs
forces made a breakthrough of the Salonice front in 1918 and began to
liberate their own country. The First Army in command of Vojvoda Petar
Belgrade on 1 November 1918 and began to free
Vojvodina. On 17 November Serbian army arrived at Veliki Bečkerek. It
was the last day of October 1918, when that the breath of freedom was
felt, and the Serb Chamber of People of the town founded in the war
conditions, as a temporary authority with Dr. Slavko Župunski at its
head. Serb army, the infantry iron regiment “Duke Mihajlo” and the
infantry brigade with Colonel Dragutin Ristić in command came into
the town on 17 November 1918. A few days after
Vojvodina had been
freed, its provinces united with the Kingdom of
Serbs and on December
1, 1918 the
Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was founded, as the
first South Slavic state.
The town of Veliki Bečkerek became the administrative centre of
Torontal-Tamiš County, and after its repealing, the town became the
headquarters of District Office. In 1929 the town became part of the
Danube Banovina. By the Town Council decision made on 29 September
1934, and confirmed by the Town Authority on 18 February 1935, the
town was renamed Petrovgrad, after the king Peter I.
Second World War and SFR Yugoslavia
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Kingdom of Yugoslavia had capitulated on 18 April 1941, and
Third Reich occupied the country, the German Forces came into
Petrovgrad. The authority in
Banat had domestic
Volksdeutsche, who immediately started to confiscate Jews' property
and arrested patriots. The town was renamed Great Bečkerek and it was
the headquarters of the occupation authority for
Banat (1941-44) with
the notorious police authority Juraj Špiler and with concentration
camp in Cara Dušana Street. The camp existed for almost two years and
thousands of people passed through it. In town there were many
underground groups supported by the Communist Party, which fought
against German occupying forces. There were much sabotage, too, and
Germans made represials. Individual resistance in town was crushed
On 2 October 1944 the
Red Army Forces came into town and after a short
fight, took command in most vital public buildings. The following day
the first meeting on National Liberation Committee for the town
Petrovgrad was held. Eight members of the national liberation
resistance, from the town and its surroundings were announced National
Heroes: Žarko Zrenjanin, Svetozar Marković Toza, Pap Pavle, Stevica
Jovanović, Servo Mihalj, Dr. Boško Vrebalov, Nedeljko Barnić
Žarki, Bora Mikin Marko. During World War II, the town infrastructure
was kept almost saved. Except in the final fights for the town, there
were no war actions on the territory of the town. The
Germans tried to
damage and destroy some industrial buildings, but it was prevented.
Only Anau-Winkler’s mill and the monumental
Jewish synagogue in the
centre of the town were destroyed.
World War II
World War II important social-political changes were made in the
country, which, of course, had their influence on the development of
Zrenjanin, newly named in 1946. In August 1945 the Agriculture Reform
Act came into force, in June 1950 the Worker Self-Management Act, in
1959 the first direct urban plan of the town development, which
indicated the urbanism-economic development of the town, was passed.
The development, in the first after war decade, was directed by the
directive plans, which were based on the principles of socialist
economy in which the most important industrial branches were industry
and agriculture. By the 1980s many people left their villages and
moved into towns which brought many changes in the social, educational
and ethnic structure of the town. There was permanently shortage of
housing. That is why many new parts of the town and many new apartment
buildings were built.
Zrenjanin became an important agricultural,
industrial, cultural and sport centre, at the time
Zrenjanin was one
of the most powerful industrial centres of the Socialist Federative
Yugoslavia led by Josip Broz Tito.
The town's development has always been strongly affected by the
social-economic circumstances reflecting the State surroundings that
Zrenjanin found in. At the beginning of 1990’s, when the war broke
out on the territory of the former Yugoslavia, and the country was
falling apart, it led to rather hard social and economic crisis in
this area, All that caused an economic stagnation, unemployment, large
migrations of refugees from the former Yugoslav Republics: Croatia,
Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The town experienced the first political changes by the introducing of
multiparty system at the end of 1996 when the local government was
ruled by the coalition Zajedno (Together) and in 2000 by the coalition
Democratic opposition of Serbia. On March 24, 1999 the NATO
Serbia began but the town was not targeted. Life in
the town was quite normal, in spite of the dangerous situation
elsewhere in the country.
In the first years after the end of war activities the Town and its
citizens have been adjusting to new economic and social-economic
conditions, known as transition. Instead of previous large economic
combines and companies plenty of new flexible private enterprises are
established and foreign capital is starting to flow in Zrenjanin. New
industrial and work and residential zones are formed and the Town's
General Plan 2006-2026 and Sustainable Development Strategy 2006-2013
are made and approved. At the end of 2007, introducing a new national
territorial organisation followed by necessary legislation, the
Zrenjanin has been upgraded to an administrative and
territorial status of a city.
Zrenjanin is situated on the western edge of the
Banat loess plateau,
at the place where the canalized River
Begej flows into the former
water course of the River Tisa. The territory of the city is
predominantly flat country. The City of
Zrenjanin is situated at a
longitude of 20°23’ east and a latitude of 45°23’ north, in the
center of the Serbian part of the
Banat region, on the banks of the
Begej and Tisa. The city is located at 80 meters above sea
Zrenjanin is around 70 kilometers away from Belgrade, and about 50
kilometers from Novi Sad, which is also the distance to the present
border with the
European Union (Romania), which makes its position a
particularly important transition center and potential resource in the
directions north–south and east–west.
Begej River in Zrenjanin
The city administrative area includes the following villages:
Neighbourhoods in Zrenjanin
Mužlja, a former village, joined with
Zrenjanin in 1981
Palace in Županijski Park
Köppen Climate Classification
Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is Dfa
(Humid Continental Climate).
The average temperature for the year in
Zrenjanin is 11.5 °C
(52.7 °F). The warmest month, on average, is July with an
average temperature of 22.2 °C (72.0 °F). The coolest
month on average is January, with an average temperature of
0.1 °C (32.2 °F).
The highest recorded temperature in
Zrenjanin is 42.9 °C
(109.2 °F), which was recorded in July. The lowest recorded
Zrenjanin is −27.3 °C (−17.1 °F), which
was recorded in January.
The average amount of precipitation for the year in
584.2 mm (23.0 in). The month with the most precipitation on
average is June with 88.9 mm (3.5 in) of precipitation. The
month with the least precipitation on average is February with an
average of 30.5 mm (1.2 in). There are an average of 127.0
days of precipitation, with the most precipitation occurring in
December with 13.0 days and the least precipitation occurring in
August with 8.0 days.
Climate data for
Zrenjanin (1981–2010, extremes 1961–2010)
Record high °C (°F)
Average high °C (°F)
Daily mean °C (°F)
Average low °C (°F)
Record low °C (°F)
Average precipitation mm (inches)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)
Average snowy days
Average relative humidity (%)
Mean monthly sunshine hours
Source: Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia
Serbs in Vojvodina, Hungarians in Vojvodina, Romani people
Romanians in Vojvodina,
Slovaks in Vojvodina, Serbian
lands, and List of Hungarian communities in Vojvodina
According to the 2011 census, the total population of the city of
Zrenjanin was 123,362 inhabitants.
The population of the city of
Zrenjanin is composed of:
Serbs = 91,579 (74.24%)
Hungarians = 12,350 (10.01%)
Romani = 3,410 (2.76%)
Romanians = 2,161 (1.75%)
Slovaks = 2,062 (1.67%)
Yugoslavs = 592 (0.48%)
Settlements with Serb ethnic majority are: Zrenjanin, Banatski
Despotovac, Botoš, Elemir, Ečka, Klek, Knićanin, Lazarevo,
Lukićevo, Melenci, Orlovat, Perlez, Stajićevo, Taraš, Tomaševac,
Farkaždin, and Čenta. Settlements with Hungarian ethnic majority
Lukino Selo and Mihajlovo. Settlement with Romanian ethnic
majority is Jankov Most. Ethnically mixed settlements are: Aradac
(with relative Serb majority) and
Belo Blato (with relative Slovak
Changing demographics of the city of Zrenjanin
The population of the
Zrenjanin town is composed of:
Serbs = 54,648 (71.43%)
Hungarians = 10,000 (13.07%)
Roma = 2,109 (2.76%)
Romanians = 635 (0.83%)
Yugoslavs = 467 (0.61%)
Croats = 373 (0.49%)
According to the 2002 census, most of the inhabitants of the Zrenjanin
municipality were Orthodox Christians (77.28%). Other faiths include
Roman Catholic (12.01%),
Protestant (2.13%), and other. Orthodox
Zrenjanin belong to the Eparchy of
Banat of the Serbian
Orthodox Church with seat in Vršac.
Zrenjanin is also the centre of
Roman Catholic diocese of the
Banat region belonging to Serbia.
Catholic Cathedral Zrenjanin
The following table gives a preview of total number of employed people
per their core activity (as of 2016):
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Distribution of power, gas and water
Distribution of water and water waste management
Wholesale and retail, repair
Traffic, storage and communication
Hotels and restaurants
Media and telecommunications
Finance and insurance
Property stock and charter
Professional, scientific, innovative and technical activities
Administrative and other services
Administration and social assurance
Healthcare and social work
Art, leisure and recreation
Zrenjanin no longer has a public transport operator, for the first
time in its recent history, following the privatization and subsequent
bankruptcy of Autobanat. It used to operate as the city's public
transport company and as the regional public transport service to the
nearby cities of (Novi Sad, Belgrade, Kikinda, Vršac), etc.
In the past river traffic on the
Begej river used to be most developed
mode of cargo transport. Veliki Bečkerek got a railway in 1883, when
it linked the city to Velika Kikinda. There are many taxi companies in
Zrenjanin and the regulations are either lacking or are not enforced
by the authorities.
Central square and Zrenjanin's
Roman Catholic cathedral
City Hall, built in 1816, re-constructed in 1887, neobaroque, Gyula
Partos and Ödön Lechner.
Finance palace, today National museum, built in 1894 in Neorenaissance
style by István Kiss.
Theatre, built in 1839, classicism, the oldest theatre building in
Court House, built between 1906 and 1908, romanticism, Sandor Eigner
and Marcus Rehmer.
Uspenska Serbian Orthodox church, built in 1746, baroque, the oldest
church in the city.
Vavedenska church, built in 1777 in Baroque style.
Evangelical church, built in 1837, classicism.
Zrenjanin Cathedral, built between 1864 and 1868, romanesque, Stevan
Protestant church, built in 1891, neogothic, Ferenc Zaboretzky.
Zrenjanin Synagogue, built in 1896, Moorish Revival, Lipót Baumhorn,
demolished in 1941 by Nazis.
Bukovac palace, built in 1905, neorenaissance.
Vojvodina hotel, built in 1886, neorenaissance, Bela Peklo.
Grammar School, built in 1846, re-constructed in 1937 and later.
Small bridge, built in 1904, the oldest bridge in the city.
Trade academy, built in 1892, neorenaissance, István Kiss.
Bence's house, built in 1909, secession.
Dry Bridge, built in 1962, without river since 1985.
Eiffel Bridge, built in 1904, replaced by a new bridge in 1969.
Dunđerski palace, built in 1910, secession.
House of Soko, built in 1927, academism, Dragiša Brašovan.
Zrenjanin has many places of interest like City Hall, the Cathedral,
Freedom Square, King Aleksandar I Street, etc.
Vojvodina is situated on Liberty Square. You can reach every
part of the city from the hotel very easily, because it is surrounded
by many cultural, historical, business and commercial contents.
Services meet the highest hotel standards. . There is a Tourist
Information Office in the building of National Museum (Subotićeva 1).
Crystal Hall, Zrenjanin
Zrenjanin has a long sports tradition. First clubs were established
during the 1880s. It was the home town of Proleter football club from
1947 until 2005. Today, FK
Banat plays its games at Karađorđev Park
Stadium in Serbian League
Vojvodina devisin, which is the third level
football league in Serbia.
Dezső Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist and composer
János Bartl, magician
Nenad Bjeković, former Serbian football player
Dejan Bodiroga, Serbian basketball player, Olympic silver medalist,
World and European champion
Ivan Boldirev, hockey player
Jovana Brakočević, Serbian volleyball player, Olympic silver
medalist and European champion
Branimir Brstina, Serbian actor
Žarko Čabarkapa, Serbian basketball player, World champion
Konstantin Danil, Serbian painter of Romanian origin
Željko Đurđić, Serbian handball player
Dejan Govedarica, Serbian football player
Nikola Grbić, born in Zrenjanin, lived in Klek, Olympic and European
Vladimir Grbić, born in Zrenjanin, lived in Klek, Olympic and
Ivan Ivanji, Novelist
Vladimir Ivić, Serbian football player
Đura Jakšić, Serbian painter, studying painting as a student of
Vilmos Lázár, Hungarian general
Ivan Lenđer, Serbian swimmer, World and European junior champion
Mile Lojpur, first Yugoslav rocker
Željko Lučić, operatic baritone
Brižitka Molnar, Serbian volleyball player, European champion
Maja Ognjenović, Serbian volleyball player, Olympic silver medalist
and European champion
Joe Penner (József Pintér), American radio and film comedian
Snežana Pantić, Serbian professional karate competitor, World
Marianna Schmidt, Hungarian-Canadian printmaker and painter 
Milorad Stanulov, Serbian rower, two-time Olympic medalist
Mario Szenessy, Hungarian-German author
Uglješa Šajtinac, Serbian writer
Nada Šargin, Serbian actress
Ivana Španović, Serbian long jumper, Olympic bronze medalist and
Duško Tošić, Serbian football player
Zoran Tošić, Serbian football player
Zvonimir Vujin, Serbian boxer, two-time Olympic medalist
Zvonimir Vukić, Serbian football player
Jelena Živković, Serbian handball player, World Championship silver
Rudolf Wegscheider, Austrian chemist
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Serbia
Twin towns — sister cities
Zrenjanin is twinned with:
List of places in Serbia
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