Sopotnica, Demir Hisar

Sopotnica (Macedonian: Сoпoτница) is a village in North Macedonia, it used to be a separate municipality but as of 2005 it belongs to the Demir Hisar municipality.


Panorama of Sopotnica
Panorama of Sopotnica
Flag of Sopotnica
Official logo of Sopotnica
Coat of Arms
Sopotnica is located in North Macedonia
Location within North Macedonia
Coordinates: 41°17′40″N 21°9′18″E / 41.29444°N 21.15500°E / 41.29444; 21.15500Coordinates: 41°17′40″N 21°9′18″E / 41.29444°N 21.15500°E / 41.29444; 21.15500
Country North Macedonia
RegionLogo of Pelagonia Region.svg Pelagonia
MunicipalityCoat of arms of Demir Hisar Municipality.jpg Demir Hisar
 • MayorLjupčo Najdovski
 • Total48,013 km2 (18,538 sq mi)
Highest elevation
400 m (1,300 ft)
Lowest elevation
2,000 m (7,000 ft)
 • Total929
 • Density19,780/km2 (51,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)+389 047
Car platesDH

The area of Sopotnica as a typical rural and urban whole, consists of different developed small populated places-villages, starting from smaller developed villages (Boiste, Cerovo, Virovo etc.) located in the mountainous part of Sopotnica, till more developed places with elements of urban living, as is Sopotnica, the administrative centre of the former Municipality of Sopotnica. The main characteristic of the ambient of this area that will take your breath is the contrast that origins by the beauty of the wild landscapes-masterpieces of the nature, and the cultivated areas made by the anthropogenesis factors.

The area of Sopotnica is rich with real and available natural resources, huge cultural and historical heritage and other human valuables.


Demographic historyEdit

According to Vasil Kanchov's study of Macedonia in 1900, "Macedonia, Ethnography and Statistics", (Bulgarian: Македония. Етнография и статистика, romanizedMakedoniya. Etnografiya i statistika), counted the village as having 560 inhabitants, all of whom were counted as Bulgarian Christians.[1]

Dimitar Mišev's 1905 study of the Bulgarian Exarchate, Macedonia and its Christian population (French: La Macédoine et sa Population Chrétienne), counted 640 exarchists in the village.[2]

Demographics of Sopotnica
Census year Population

1961 956

1994 989

2002 929

Demographics TodayEdit

According to the 2002 census, the village had a total of 929 inhabitants.[3] Ethnic groups in the village include:[3]

The majority of the population was elderly and the proportion of youths was below the national average.

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ Македония. Етнография и статистика, 1900
  2. ^ D.M.Brancoff. "La Macédoine et sa Population Chrétienne". Paris, 1905, р.164-165.
  3. ^ a b Macedonian Census (2002), Book 5 - Total population according to the Ethnic Affiliation, Mother Tongue and Religion, The State Statistical Office, Skopje, 2002, p. 314.