The municipality of Mladenovac, one of the 17 urban municipalities of the City of Belgrade, is situated in the northern part of the lowland region of Sumadija, at an altitude ranging from 113 to 628 metres (mountain Kosmaj). It extends across most of the basin of the little river Veliki Lug, a left tributary of the Kubrsnica, and the outer edges of mountain Kosmaj lying to the west of it. It is surrounded by the municipalities of Sopot, Grocka, Smederevo, Smederevska Palanka, Topola and Arandjelovac. The territory of the municipality has temperate continental climate, with an average annual temperature of 10.7о C and precipitation of 649 mm. The municipality covers an area of 33,904 hectares 71 ares and 44 square metres. Today, the town of Mladenovac has over 22,000 citizens and is situated in the central part of the Municipality, which – according to the last census - has a total of 56,389 citizens living in 5 urban, 4 suburban and 15 village local communities.
The Municipality of Mladenovac
Beginnings and Development
The first settlements in the territory of the present-day municipality of Mladenovac were established in the prehistoric period, as proved by numerous archaeological sites and around 200 remains of prehistoric settlements. The most important ones include Jablanica in the village of Medjuluzje, dating from the Iron Age and the early Roman period, Protostarcevacko site in Batasevo, dating back to the end of the sixth millennium B.C., and Divicmedj in Kovacevac, where an early medieval town from the period between 9th and 11th century was found.
Today, industrial operations in Mladenovac are mainly carried out in the areas of private business, small and mid-sized companies, while the giants of the past, created at the time of accelerated industrialization after World War II, such as Petar Drapsin, Keramika, Minel Trafo, Cobest (Azbest), Makovica, Inteks (Crvena Zvezda), now have decimated workforce and have either already been privatized or are about to be so.
Education, Health, Culture, Sports and the Media
In Mladenovac there are 20 insitutions for the care of preschool children, 5 of which are kindergartens and 15 are branches in primary schools. There are around 1,170 children in them, according to the data of the Preschool Institution “Jelica Obradovic” for 2010.
Mladenovac has exceptional tourism potentials, thanks to its cultural tradition, natural resources and rich historical heritage.
The vicinity of mountain Kosmaj (12 km) offers enjoyment in the increasingly popular excursion and hunting tourism. The recognizable symbol of this mountain and the entire region is a large monument erected on its top in 1971, in memory of the soldiers of the partisan unit formed in Kosmaj, who were killed in World War II.