Vojvodina

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Vojvodina Autonomous province in n Serbia, bordered by Croatia, Hungary, and Romania. The capital is Novi Sad. From 1849 to 1860, it was the independent crown land of Vojvodina, but it was ceded to Yugoslavia in 1920. Given nominal autonomy by Belgrade in 1946, it remains firmly part of Serbia. Only around 50% of the population are Serbs: the rest are Hungarian (19%), Croats, Slovaks, and Romanians. The province is densely populated with a fertile agricultural plain. Industries: fruit, cattle, food processing. Area: 21,500sq km (8301sq mi). Pop. (1998 est.) 1,968,000.