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Dolna Gorica (Albanian: Dollna Goricë, Bulgarian[1][2][3]/Macedonian: Долна Горица), formerly Goricë e Vogël, is a village on the western shore of Lake Prespa in the Pustec Municipality which is officially recognised as a Macedonian minority zone[4] located in the Korçë County in Albania.[5] According to Bulgarian sources, including research by a Bulgarian scientist from Albania, the local inhabitants are Bulgarians.[6][7]

Dolna Gorica

Dollna Goricë
Goricë e Vogël
Долна Горица
Dolna Gorica and Lake Prespa
Dolna Gorica and Lake Prespa
Dolna Gorica is located in Albania
Dolna Gorica
Dolna Gorica
Coordinates: 40°52′37.92″N 20°55′30″E / 40.8772000°N 20.92500°E / 40.8772000; 20.92500Coordinates: 40°52′37.92″N 20°55′30″E / 40.8772000°N 20.92500°E / 40.8772000; 20.92500
Country Albania
CountyKorçë
MunicipalityPustec
Municipal unitPustec
Population
 (2007)
 • Total550
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

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HistoryEdit

A survey in the late 19th century found Dolna Gorica to consist of 75 houses and 67 male Bulgarian Orthodox residents.[8] In 1900, Vasil Kanchov gathered and compiled statistics on demographics in the area and reported that the village of Dolna Goritsa was inhabited by about 42 Bulgarian Christians.[9]

In February 1996, the village hosted a conference attended by officials from the Republic of Macedonia on the subject of the ethnic Macedonian minority in Albania.[10] In 2013, the village's official name was changed from "Goricë e Vogël" to "Dolna Gorica".[11]

DemographicsEdit

A 2007 estimate put the village's population at 550.[12]

Demographics
Year Population
1900 42
1926 511 (with Gorna Gorica)
1945 149
1960 108
1969 210
1979 271
1989 253
2000 364[13]
 
Bilingual sign in Dolna Gorica, written in both Macedonian and Albanian

CultureEdit

In 2002, a library opened in the village consisting of primarily Macedonian-language books.[14]

A monument commemorating the ethnic Macedonian refugees of the Greek Civil War was unveiled in the village in May, 2013.[15]

Dolna Gorica is home to the annual "Day of Wine" event, occurring each December.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ German Academic Exchange Service: Humboldt Balkan Cosmos - Dolna Gorica.
  2. ^ General survey of the nominal system of the Bulgarians in Mala Prespa — Albania. (Bg.) p. 170; in State and Problems of Bulgarian Onomastics, 2010 / Vol 11 / Issue 1, pp. 169-176.
  3. ^ Albania officially recognizes Bulgarian minority. Xinhua| 2017-10-13.
  4. ^ https://minorityrights.org/minorities/macedonians/
  5. ^ "Law nr. 115/2014" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-06-29.
  6. ^ Бело Раки (Belo, Raki). Селищни имена в Мала Преспа - Албания, в: Македонски преглед, ХХХ, № 3, с. 134.
  7. ^ Българите в района на Корча и Мала Преспа (Албания) - съвременна картина, Балканистичен Форум, 2005, №1-3, с. 113-129 (Pashova, Anastasija. Bulgarians in the region of Korcha and Mala Prespa (Albania) nowadays, Balcanistic forum, 2005, issue No: 1-3, pp. 113-129.)
  8. ^ Българите в Албания I част Archived 2009-07-09 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Васил Кънчов. „Македония. Етнография и статистика“. София, 1900, стр. 242. (Macedonia: Ethnography and Statistics, p. 242. Accessed 13 May 2018 (in Bulgarian)
  10. ^ Vickers, Miranada; Pettifer, James (2000). Albania: From Anarchy to a Balkan Identity. New York, NY: New York University Press. p. 205. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Pas Pustecit, edhe 7 fshatra të Korçës me emertime maqedonase" (in Albanian). Info Arkiv. 17 April 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-08-05. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  12. ^ Бело Раки (Belo, Raki). Селищни имена в Мала Преспа - Албания, в: Македонски преглед, ХХХ, №3, стр. 135.
  13. ^ http://www.rec.org.mk/Proekti/Prespa/ecotourismmk.pdf
  14. ^ ""The Temple of the Book" – Window towards the Fatherland". Culture.in.mk. 4 March 2002. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  15. ^ Janevska, Ubavka (7 May 2013). "Во село Горица поставен споменик за егзодусот на македонските бегалци". Kanal 5 (in Macedonian). Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  16. ^ "Мала Преспа организира манифестација "Ден на виното"" (in Macedonian). Lider. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014.