City of Subotica

Subotica is a city in northern Vojvodina, Serbia. It is located in the Pannonian Basin, about 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the border with Hungary, and is the northernmost city in Serbia. It is located in the vicinity of lake Palic. Subotica is the second largest city in the province, following Novi Sad.

Subotica mapa


  • Ideal geostrategic position - in close proximity of E75 highway & EU border crossings
  • Proven record of attracting FDI
  • Existence of fully-equipped greenfield zones
  • Free zone Subotica
  • Available skilled and educated workforce

Subotica Logistics

Total Area: 1,007 km²

Distance from borders:

  • HUN - 10 km
  • CRO - 84 km
  • ROM - 101 km
  • BUL - 438 km
  • B&H - 203 km

Distance from highway:

  • E-75 - 10 km
  • E-70 - 170 km

Distance from airport:

  • Belgrade - 175 km
  • Osijek - 125 km
  • Timisoara - 179 km

Energy potential in Subotica

  • Municipality is gasified: 95%
  • Local pipeline lenght: 428 km
  • Presure on main pipeline 3 bar
  • Presure on local pipeline 2.5 bar
  • Total land: 100,700 ha
  • Agricultural land: 83,104 ha
  • Arable land: 69,509 ha
  • Most common crops: wheat, maize, sugar beet, sunflower
  • No. of distribution substations: 1,845
  • Total power (kVA): 1,370,000
  • Total network length (km): 4,854
  • Available capacities: 680,000

Average speed 0.5 m/s at 10 m

48 °C temperature at 701 m
48 °C temperature at 750 m
35 °C temperature at 650 m
Insolation 71 days p.a. 2,025 hrs.

Infrastructure in Subotica


Highway E75 lenght: 28 km

Regional road network: 132 km

  • Subotica-Horgos
  • Subotica-Kelebija
  • Subotica-Bajmok
  • Subotica-Cantavir

Local road network: 182 km

- Tavankut, Djurdjin, Novi Zednik, Orom


Port in Apatin distance 75 km

Irrigation/drainage system network: 3,500 ha


Railway network length: 92 km

  • Subotica-Beograd
  • Subotica-Sombor
  • Subotica-Budimpesta
  • Subotica-Segedin

Axial pressure: 16-22 t


Sewage system:62%

Sewage network: 339 km

Population, education and labor cost in Subotica

Number of inhabitants 135,678

Employed (2021) 44,750

Unemployed (February, 2022) 4,455

Labor cost structure

Average salary in Subotica (December, 2021)

NET Salary 589
Personal Income Tax 10.00% 65
Contributions (Employee) 19.9% 162
GROSS Salary 816
Contributions (Employer) 16.15% 132
TOTAL Cost 848

From July 1st, 2014, the employers have the right for refund on the paid personal income tax & social insurance contributions:

  • 65% refund for employing 1-9 workers
  • 70% refund for employing 10-99 workers
  • 75% refund for employing 100+ workers


High Schools

School #students #graduates
Economics 670 173
Chemistry 581 154
Polytechnic 678 184
Technical 1269/td> 306
Medical 611 144


Program #students
Economics 3,457
Construction 553
Subotica Tech - College of applied sciences 611

Educational Centers

Program Profile
Linguistics Courses- English, Spanish, Hungarian, Italian, German, French, Russian, Swedish
Computers ECDL, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, JAVA, HTML5
Business Accounting, Car mechanics, Typist, Tailor, Baker, Pastry Chef, Culinary


Program Students
Economics 3,503
Construction 510
Subotica Tech – College of applied sciences 668

Key sectors in Subotica



Ample resources & easy access

  • High quality arable land - 69,509 ha
  • 6, 626 registered local farmers
  • Long-standing tradition in agricultural processing industry
  • Easy access to skilled workforce
  • Wide network of potential local suppliers
  • Successful companies: Pionir d.o.o., Mlekara a.d., Don don, Mini Pani
  • Arable land (69,509 ha): wheat (17,821 ha), maize (34,023 ha), soy (670 ha), sugar beet (367 ha), sunflower (7, 484 ha)


Further growth potential

  • The sector was operating with over 6,000 qualified workers
  • First factory „Sever“ was established in 1923
  • Technical high-school with electro profiles ensuring labor market meets the industry need for highly-skilled workforce
  • Developed SMEs sector in this area
  • Wide network of potential local suppliers
  • A number of successful foreign companies: Siemens, ATB Sever, Dunkermotoren - Amatek, Elektroremont, Energomont
Automotive Components

Automotive Components

Well-established companies in automotive sector employing more than 1,100 workers

  • Qualified workforce eager to expand their competencies
  • Technical high-school with large number of required education profiles
  • Local suppliers network
  • Great potential for export-oriented production due to favorable logistics position
  • Existing successful companies: Contitech Fluid Serbia, Norma Group Southeast Europe LLC


Wonderful landscapes

  • Excellent geographical position- proximity of Hungarian border
  • Abundant geothermal potential- 2 boreholes
  • Lakes: Palic, Ludas
  • Wine-tasting tourism
  • Cycling & Hiking
  • Hunting grounds spreading over 84,778 ha
  • Big & small game: roe, pheasant, rabbit, partridge
  • Accommodation capacities: hotels (479 rooms), motels (649 rooms), private accommodation (1,292 beds)
  • Geothermal boreholes: 48C temperature at 701m, 48 C temperature at 750 m, 35C temperature an 65n

Top 10 Employers in Subotica

Company Sector Country #Employees
SIEMENS Metal processing Germany 1,845
GORDON (CALZEDONIA) Textile Italy 1,620
CONTITECH FLUID SERBIA Automotive Components Germany 1,112
NORMA GROUP Automotive Components Germany 1,245
MASTERPLAST Construction materials Hungary 669
SWAROVSKI Glass Industry Austria 568
8.MART Textille Germany 484
ATB SEVER Machine industry China 431
AMETEK/DUNKERMOTOREN Machine industry USA/Germany 422
GEBI Animal food industry Serbia 411

Greenfield locations in Subotica

Location 1

Commercial Zone Petar Drapsin

Land size: 17 ha

Available: 11,6 ha

4 km distance from Corridor 10

International border crossing (Horgos) vicinity

Location is predetermined for investments in commercial sector

Ownership: Municipal

Infrastructure: electricity, water, gas, sewage, optical cable

For sale

Industrial Park Petar Drapsin

Edited on 11/10/2020

Brownfield Locations in Subotica

Location 1

Block 144, former „Kosta Nadj“

Land size:

BLOK A: 1.94 ha (Shopping mall)

BLOK B: 1.82 ha ( schools and university)

BLOK C: 1.24 ha (multipurpose residential buildings with business)

BLOK D: 1.24 ha (multipurpose residential buildings with business)

BLOK E: 0.91 ha (multipurpose residential buildings with business)

Infrastructure: electricity, water, sewage, gas, optical cable


For sale and lease

 Newly built production facility
Newly built production facility

Location 2

Newly built production facility

Land size: 1,742m²; office space 281 m²; useful height 7m

Ownership: Municipal

Infrastructure: water, gas, sewage, electricity, optical cable

Possibility of doing business within the free zone regime With heating,fire protection system and established connections to communal infrastructure


Incentives and fees in Subotica

Business Incubator

* Provides organizational environment, management, planning system, monitoring and development of tenants, performance measurement, training and education, assistance in preparing a business plan, marketing, market research, assistance in the development of technical and other documentation, obtaining relevant certificates, etc.

Free Zone

* Benefits for import-export companies, exemption from VAT and customs duties, etc.

Upon receiving the investor’s request

the consolidated construction procedures are conducted in the following phases:

  • Issuing the location conditions for the cadastre parcel suitable for construction – from the day of obtaining all special conditions, permits and other documents --> no later than 5 working days
  • Issuing the construction permit – from the day of the submission of the request --> no later than 5 working days

Upon receiving the application:

Based on registering the construction work,issuing the verification for receiving the application without delay, provided that the complete documentation has been submitted.

- Registering the construction works to receive acceptance/rejection --> 5 working days

- Subsequently, submitting the request for infrastructure installations --> 3 working days

Issuing the occupancy permit, upon receiving the submission of the request --> no later than 5 working days

Issuing the final approval upon receiving the submission of the request --> no later than 5 working days

In total: 28 working days

Success Stories in Subotica


Your partner in Subotica

City Office

Zagorka Panic – City Manager

Phone: +381 24 626 888


Srdjan Parezanin – Project Manager

Phone: +381 24 666 359, +381 64 82 42 102