[<< wikipedia] Nijemci
Nijemci is a village and a municipality in the Vukovar-Srijem County in Croatia.
In the 2011 census, there were 4,705 inhabitants in the municipality, 87.78% of which were Croats. The second largest ethnic group are Serbs who live mainly in two villages in the north of the municipality. There are only 0.06% aforementioned Germans living in this municipality.


== Languages and names ==
The village's name means "Germans" in Croatian.  The root of the word "nijem" means "mute", and is a known Slavonic ethnonym for the name of the Germans.
Before World War II there was a substantial Danube Swabian minority resident here. They were expelled from Yugoslavia along with other ethnic Germans after the Second World War.
In villages Šidski Banovci and Vinkovački Banovci, along with Croatian which is official in the whole country, as a second official language has been introduced Serbian language with Cyrillic script.


== Geography ==
Municipality is located in historical regions of Syrmia. Municipality total area is 224.68 km2. Rivers Spačva i Bosut flows through the municipality. The territory of the municipality is completely flat very fertile black soil.


=== Climate and weather ===
Nijemci municipality has a moderately warm and rainy continental climate as defined by the Köppen climate classification. Due to the influence of continentality temperature differences within one year are more pronounced than in the rest of country.


== Population ==
Municipality of Nijemci have a 4705 inhabitants according to 2011 Census. 1605 were living in the village of Nijemci at that time.


== Economy ==
Nijemci is underdeveloped municipality which is statistically classified as the First Category Area of Special State Concern by the Government of Croatia.


== Education ==
Local elementary school for the first eight grades operate in the village of Nijemci since the 1760.


== Settlements ==
The following settlements comprise the Nijemci municipality:


== Notable natives and residents ==
Mile Dedaković
Nikica Valentić
Slobodan Bajić Paja (Born in Banovci)
Günter Stock (Born in Banovci. President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities 2006-2015, Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities 2008-2015 and the All European Academies since 2012)


== References ==


== External links ==
Official website of Nijemci (in Croatian)