Orahovac (Serbian Cyrillic: Ораховац) or Rahovec (Albanian: Rahoveci) is a town and municipality located in the District of Gjakova in western Kosovo.[a] According to the 2011 census, the town of Orahovac has 15,892 inhabitants, while the municipality has 56,208 inhabitants.
Panorama of Orahovac
Location of the municipality of Orahovac within Kosovo
|District||District of Gjakova|
|• Mayor||Smajl Latifi (AAK)|
|• Municipal||278 km2 (107 sq mi)|
|Elevation||477 m (1,565 ft)|
|• Municipal density||200/km2 (520/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code(s)||+383 29|
Geography and populationEdit
The municipality covers an area of approximately 276 km2 (107 sq mi) and contains 35 villages. In 2014 the town had a total population of 23,200 and the population of the municipality was 58,214. In 2011 the municipality had a total population of 56,208. Approximately 800 Kosovo Serbs live in a small Serbian enclave in the town and in the village of Velika Hoča.
|Source: Division of Kosovo|
According to the last official census done in 2011, the municipality of Orahovac has 56,208 inhabitants.
The ethnic composition of the municipality:
|Ethnic group||1991 census||2011 census|
|Ashkali and Egyptians||-||703|
The town is known for a local dialect, Orahovac dialect (ravëqki; rahovecianshe, gjuha e Rahovecit) which is a mixture of Albanian, Serbian, Turkish and Bulgarian languages. Its use has declined rapidly after the Kosovo War, with Albanian becoming the predominant language.
- Shkelzen Maliqi (born 1947), Kosovo Albanian former politician, born in Orahovac.
- Ajet Shehu (born 1990), English footballer, born in Orahovac.
- Ukshin Hoti (1943–1999), Kosovo Albanian activist, politician, and philosopher, born in Krusha e Madhe.
- Ali Sokoli (1921–1974), Yugoslav physician, born in Orahovac.
- Jovan Grković-Gapon (1879–1912), Serbian Chetnik guerrilla fighter, born in Orahovac.
- Lazar Kujundžić (1880–1905), Serbian Chetnik guerrilla fighter, born in Orahovac.
- Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 99 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 13 later withdrew their recognition.
- Skok, Petar (1988) . Etimologijski rječnik hrvatskoga ili srpskoga jezika (in Serbo-Croatian). 2. Zagreb: Jugoslavenska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti. p. 562. ISBN 86-407-0064-8.
orah, pl. orasi ... praslav. orěhъ "nux". Pridjev na -ov orahov, poimeničen u topnimiji u sr. r. Orahovo, ... Orahov Do (Hercegovina), ... Oriovac, gen. -vca (toponim u Slavoniji) = Oravac, gen. -avca = Oraovac (1770, Kosmet) = Raovec u arbanaskom izgovoru.
[Translation: orah, plural orasi ... from the Proto-Slavic orěhъ "nux". The adjective on -ov, orahov, is nominalised in toponymy into Orahovo, ... Orahov Do (Herzegovina), ... Oriovac (Slavonia) = Oravac = Oraovac (1770, Kosovo and Metohija) = Raovec in Albanian pronunciation. (N.B. Orahovac and Rahovec are shown here in h-less variants Oraovac and Raovec)]
- Municipal Profile: Rahovec/Orahovac. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, May 2006. Accessed October 2014.
- Municipal Profile: Rahovec/Orahovac. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, March 2014. Accessed October 2014.
- "Kosovo's Mysterious Dialect Fades Away :: Balkan Insight". www.balkaninsight.com. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
- Marijana Milosavljević (NIN, 15/12/05)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rahovec.|
- Rahoveci24.com (in Albanian)
- Rahoveci.NET (in Albanian)
- BBC article concerning March 2004 riots
- Statistical Office of Kosovo (SOK) (in Albanian)
- International Organization for Mifration (IOM)
- Survivors describe massacre in Orahovac
- Human Rights Publication-Massacre in Pastasel, Orahovac
- Photographic Evidence of Kosovo Genocide and Conflict