Town of Ilok
Grad Ilok
Catholic church in Ilok "John of Capistrano"

Coat of arms
Location of Ilok in Croatia
Coordinates: 45°13′19″N 19°22′31″E / 45.22194°N 19.37528°E / 45.22194; 19.37528Coordinates: 45°13′19″N 19°22′31″E / 45.22194°N 19.37528°E / 45.22194; 19.37528
Country  Croatia
Region Syrmia (Podunavlje)
County Vukovar-Syrmia
  Mayor Zvonimir Dragun (HSS)
Elevation 110 m (360 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Town 6,767
  Urban 5,072
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 32236
Area code(s) +385 (0)32

Ilok (Croatian pronunciation: [ilok]) is the easternmost town and municipality in northeastern Croatia. Located in the Syrmia region, it lies on a hill overlooking the Danube river, which forms the border with the Bačka region of Serbia. The population of the town of Ilok is 5,072, while the total municipality population is 6,767 (census 2011).[1] The town is home to a Franciscan monastery and Ilok Castle, which is a popular day trip for domestic tourists.


In Croatian, the town is known as Ilok, in German as Illok, in Hungarian as Újlak and in Turkish as Uyluk. In Hungarian language "Újlak" means "new dwelling or lodge".


The area of present-day Ilok was populated since the neolithic and Bronze Ages. The Romans settled there in the 1st or 2nd century and built Cuccium, the first border fortification on the Danube. The Slavs settled here in the 6th century. The area was later ruled by the Bulgarian Empire, until it was included into the medieval Kingdom of Hungary.

In 12th and 13th centuries the market-town of Ilok was mentioned in documents under various names (Iwnlak, Vilak, Vylok, Wyhok, Wylak). At the end of the 13th century, Hungarian kings gave the Vylak castrum to the powerful Csák noble family. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Ilok was a capital of the semi-independent medieval state of Upper Syrmia ruled by Ugrin Csák.

After 1354, the town of Ilok belonged to Nicholas and Paul Garay (in Croatian references Gorjanski), and then to Nicholas Kont of Orahovica and his descendants, among which was his great-grandson Nicholas and the last member of the Iločki family - Laurence of Ilok. Nicholas of Ilok was the Ban of All Slavonia from 1457–63, and his son, Laurence was a duke of Syrmia from 1477 to 1524.

Since 1526, the town was under Ottoman rule. During this time, it was mainly populated by Muslims. In 1566-69, Ilok had 238 Muslim and 27 Christian houses. In 1572, it had 386 Muslim, and 18 Christian houses. In 1669, the population of Ilok numbered 1,160 houses, and town possessed two mosques. It was kaza centre in Sanjak of Syrmia. Habsburg army firstly occupied Ilok in 1688, but Ottomans recaptured it in 1690. In 1697, Habsburg army definitively retook Ilok from the Ottomans and the Muslim population fled.

During the Habsburg rule, Ilok belonged to the Kingdom of Slavonia, a Habsburg province that belonged to both the Kingdom of Croatia, and the Kingdom of Hungary. Between 1849-68, the Kingdom of Slavonia was completely separate Habsburg crownland, and in 1868 it was joined with the Kingdom of Croatia to form the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Ilok was a district capital in the Syrmia County of the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia.

In 1918, Ilok first became part of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs, and then part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (in 1929 renamed Kingdom of Yugoslavia). From 1929-39, Ilok was part of the Danube Banovina and, from 1939–41, of the Banovina of Croatia within the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Between 1941-44, during the Axis occupation of Yugoslavia, it belonged to the Independent State of Croatia. From 1945 onward, it was part of the People's Republic of Croatia within Socialist Yugoslavia.

On 17 October 1991 during the beginning of the Croatian War of Independence, non-Serbs fled as the Yugoslav National Army led by Serbs paramilitaries occupied the area, but spared it from destruction due to its rapid surrounding and occupation. Between 1991-95, Ilok was part of the Republic of Serb Krajina. The area was peacefully reintegrated into Croatia in 1998.

Ilok is underdeveloped municipality which is statistically classified as the First Category Area of Special State Concern by the Government of Croatia.[2]


Town of Ilok

According to the 2011 census, town of Ilok had 6,767 inhabitants.[3]


Note: It became independent administrative unit (town) in 2001 census, from the old Comune of Vukovar.

Population by settlements 1991 2001 2011
Bapska 1,624 1,313 928
Ilok 6,775 5,897 5,072
Mohovo 344 303 239
Šarengrad 1,005 838 528
Total 9,748 8,351 6,767
Population by ethnicity 1991 2001 2011
Croats 6,848 (70.25%) 6,425 (76.94%) 5,189 (76.68%)
Slovaks 1,192 (12.22%) 1,044 (12.50%) 935 (13.82%)
Serbs 680 (6.97%) 566 (6.78%) 439 (6.49%)
Hungarians 115 (1.17%) 98 (1.17%) 78 (1.15%)
others 913 (9.36%) 218 (2.61%) 126 (1.86%)
Total 9,748 8,351 6,767

Ilok (settlement)

According to the 2011 census, settlement of Ilok had 5,072 inhabitants.[3]


1991 census


total: 6,775

  Croats 4,248 (62.70%)
  Slovaks 1,157 (17.07%)
  Serbs 484 (7.14%)
  Yugoslavs 474 (6.99%)
  Hungarians 105 (1.54%)
  Ruthenians 28 (0.41%)
  Albanians 10 (0.14%)
  Muslims 10 (0.14%)
  Macedonians 9 (0.13%)
  Montenegrins 8 (0.11%)
  Germans 5 (0.07%)
  Czechs 2 (0.02%)
  Slovenes 2 (0.02%)
  Ukrainians 1 (0.01%)
  others 2 (0.02%)
  nondeclared 145 (2.14%)
  regionaly declared 7 (0.10%)
  unknown 78 (1.15%)

1910 census

Population by languagePopulation by religion

total: 4,856

  Croatian 2,729 (56.19%)
  Slovak 840 (17.29%)
  German 571 (11.75%)
  Serbian 448 (9.22%)
  Hungarian 254 (5.23%)
  Czech 7 (0.14%)
  Ruthenian 5 (0.10%)
  Slovene 1 (0.02%)
  others 1 (0.02%)
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total: 4,856

  Rom. Cath. 3,325 (68.47%)
  Lutherans 646 (13.30%)
  East. Orthodox 450 (9.26%)
  Jewish 213 (4.38%)
  Calvinists 204 (4.20%)
  East. Catholics 16 (0.32%)
  others 2 (0.04%)
  - (-%)
  - (-%)
Panoramic view of the Danube in Ilok.


  1. 1 2 "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Ilok". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  2. Lovrinčević, Željko; Davor, Mikulić; Budak, Jelena (June 2004). "AREAS OF SPECIAL STATE CONCERN IN CROATIA- REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIFFERENCES AND THE DEMOGRAPHIC AND EDUCATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS". Ekonomski pregled, Vol.55 No.5-6. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
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