Gradiška (Cyrillic: Градишка) is a town and municipality in northwestern Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The town is situated on the Lijevče plain, at the right bank of the Sava river across Stara Gradiška in Croatia, and about north of Banja Luka.
According to the written documents, Gradiška was first mentioned a little more than 700 years ago under the name of Gradiški Brod. However, the life in the area of the present town, its immediate and wider environs, dates back to the prehistoric times. In the time of Roman Empire, the city named Servitium existed at this location.
Gradiška was mentioned as a free town. In the Middle Ages, Gradiška had a major importance as the place where the Sava river used to be crossed.
- Serbs - 35.038 (65,39)
- Muslims - 12.688 (23,68)
- Croats - 4.415 (8,23)
- Yugoslavs - 415 (0,77)
- Others - 1.025 (1,93)
In 1991, the municipality of Gradiška had a population of 60,062, including:
The town of Gradiška itself had 18,671 residents, including:
- 43.5% Muslims by nationality
- 37.7% Serbs
- 10.3% Yugoslavs
- 4.6% Croats
- 3.9% others
The local football club
, FK Kozara
, plays in the First League of the Republika Srpska