- Saraj, which means "palace" in Turkish, is also the name of the village where the municipal seat is found.
- It is a rural municipality and it is not part of the urban core of Skopje proper.
Municipality of Saraj
Komuna e Sarajit
|• Mayor||Bekim Murati (DUI)|
|• Total||229.06 km2 (88.44 sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
In the early 2000s municipal boundaries within Macedonia in some areas were redrawn. During difficult negotiations the governing Macedonian Social Democrats (SDSM) gave in to the request of its Albanian coalition partner that wanted Albanians within Skopje to surpass the 20% population mark by attaching two rural Albanian inhabited municipalities, Saraj and Kondovo. The municipalities attachment to the capital city raised the Albanian population from 15.30% to 20.49%. The change was seen as an important win among Albanians, while Macedonians were concerned with a more visible Albanian presence in Skopje and the increasing fragmentation of the urban population based on ethnicity.
According to the last national census from 2002, Saraj has 35,408 inhabitants.
Ethnic groups in the municipality include:
- Albanians = 32,408 (91.5%)
- Macedonians = 1,377 (3.9%)
- Bosniaks = 1,120 (3.2%)
- Ragaru, Nadege (2008). "The Political Uses and Social Lives of "National Heroes": Controversies over Skanderbeg's Statue in Skopje". Südosteuropa. 56 (4): 535.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- 2002 census results in English and Macedonian (PDF)
- Komuna e Sarajit binjakëzim me komunën turke Uskudar Archived 2012-06-04 at the Wayback Machine, INA, 2012-06-01 (in Albanian)
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