Banovci (old name: Šidski Banovci), is a village in Vukovar-Srijem County, part of the municipality Nijemci, 30 km from Vinkovci, 18 km from Vukovar and 14 km from Šid.



Before the Second World War, a number of Germans lived in the village. After the war they moved to Austria. Today the majority of residents are of Serbian origin. According to the 1910 census, Banovci had 990 inhabitants, including 686 Germans.


In Banovci, on January 7, 1991, insurgent Serbs founded the "Serbian National Council of Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srijem" with the aim of annexing parts of Croatia to Serbia.



Church of St. Fridays in Banovci
The Church of the Venerable Mother Paraskeva in Banovci is the central and only church of the Orthodox Church Municipality of Banovac. Institutionally, it belongs to the Diocese of Srijem with its seat in Srijemski Karlovci.

The church was built in the neoclassical style in 1818. During the first decade of this century, the interior and exterior of the church were restored as the conditions required. The church also has a spacious yard with a children's playground (donated by the Red Cross) with an orchard. It is one of the three churches in Croatia that institutionally belong to the Diocese of Srijem.


Germans in Banovci
Until the Second World War, Banovci was inhabited mostly by Germans who were evicted from Eastern European countries by allied decisions, and according to the SFRY law on colonization, Serbs from war-ravaged passive parts of southern Croatia: Lika and northern Dalmatia moved into their homes. According to the 1910 census, Banovci had 990 inhabitants, of which 686 were Germans.

According to the 2001 census, the settlement had 479 inhabitants.
According to the 2011 census, the settlement had 432 inhabitants.
The majority of the population is engaged in agriculture. Banovci is well connected by traffic, located on the main road Vinkovci-Šid, and the railway also passes through the place.

According to the age structure, the largest share is of persons older than 50 years.

The place is located about 15 kilometers north of the Danube. In the south, between the place and the highway, there are ancient Spačva oak forests. There is also a neoclassical Orthodox church of St. Petka built in the first half of the 19th century.