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Yugoslavia Table of Contents




Street in Kaludjerica, a town of Serbian refugees from Kosovo, near Belgrade
Courtesy Chuck Sudetic

Despite massive post-World War II migration from rural villages to cities, Yugoslavia still ranked as one of Europe's least urbanized countries in 1990. At the war's end, almost 80 percent of the Yugoslav population lived in villages. Over the next 25 years, about 4.6 million people, equivalent to 20 percent of the country's 1981 population, migrated to cities. The urban population grew by 80 percent between 1953 and 1971 and by the mid-1970s, slightly over one-third of all Yugoslavs lived in urban centers.

Data as of December 1990