Ruǵince or Ruđince (Macedonian: Руѓинце) is a settlement in northeastern North Macedonia, in the municipality of Staro Nagoričane. It used to be part of the former municipality of Klečevce.


Village church
Village church
Ruǵince is located in North Macedonia
Location within North Macedonia
Coordinates: 42°8′51″N 21°58′30″E / 42.14750°N 21.97500°E / 42.14750; 21.97500Coordinates: 42°8′51″N 21°58′30″E / 42.14750°N 21.97500°E / 42.14750; 21.97500
Country North Macedonia
RegionLogo of Northeastern Region, North Macedonia.svg Northeastern
MunicipalityCoat of arms of Staro Nagoričane.svg Staro Nagoričane
550 m (1,800 ft)
 • Total75
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Car platesKU


To the nearest city, the settlement is 22 kilometres east of Kumanovo. Ruǵince is situated in the historical region of Sredorek, in the Pčinja river valley, on ca. 550 m above sea. The German mountain rises to the north of the village.


In Serbian Emperor Stefan Dušan's (r. 1331–55) confirmed on 10 August 1354, several villages, settlements and arable land which was granted (metochion) by despot Dejan to his endowment, the Arhiljevica Church of the Holy Mother of God. Ruginci was one of the mentioned selište (arable land).[1] In the 1379 charter of Dejan's son Konstantin, it had evolved into a village.[1] The Kumanovo region (old Žegligovo) received its geographical location and certain settlement picture in the 14th century, during the rule of the Nemanjić and Dejanović.[2]


According to the 2002 census, it had 75 inhabitants, all of whom declared as ethnic Macedonians.[3] The families are Eastern Orthodox Christian. In the 1994 census, it had 121 inhabitants.


  1. ^ a b Blagojević 2007, pp. 448–450
  2. ^ Srpsko geografsko društvo 1972, p. 123:

    Као што се зна, тада је ова област — старо Жеглигово до- била учвршћен географски положај и одрећену насеобинску слику

  3. ^ "Macedonian census" (PDF). 2002: 179. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)


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