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Bor (Municipality, Serbia)


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Flag of Bor - Image by Ivan Sarajčić, 19 January 2007

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Presentation of Bor

Bor is a town located in eastern Serbia, with one of the largest copper mines in Europe. It is the administrative center of the Bor District of Serbia.
Bor is in a region called the Timočka Krajina (the Timok Frontier). It is surrounded by many beautiful places such as Banjsko Polje, the spa-town Brestovačka Banja, the lake Borsko Jezero, and the mountain Stol, and it is very close to the mountain Crni Vrh. Just outside of Bor lies another beautiful village by the name of Brestovac.
Throughout the Middle Ages the area around Bor was constantly part of the Bulgarian Empire to its very end in the late XIVth and the early XVth century.
Since the mid-1990s and during the time of sanctions on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, production in the copper mine dropped significantly from the very prosperous 1970s and 1980s. This has been due to both diminishing reserves and the inability to obtain new equipment that would most efficiently gather the remaining ore no longer of high grade. Copper mining is the key basis of Bor's economy and the effects of decreased production can be seen all over the town.

Milan Jovanović, 2 January 2007

Flag of Bor

The flag of Bor, as seen on TV images, is horizontaly divided by a thin white wavy line. The upper field is blue (possibly symbolyzing skies) while the lower field is green (possibly symbolizing the mountainous profile of the region). The flag is charged with an emblem in the center, obviously showing pine tree foliage and cone, because the Serbian word "bor" means pine.
The flag is a banner of the municipal arms, which can be seen on the municipal website. These arms are typical of new Serbian heraldry, but with one exception: the local banner of arms and the Serbian tricolor are in ratio2:3 instead of the broadly used ratio of 1:1.

Milan Jovanović & Ivan Sarajčić, 19 January 2007