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Municipality and city
Albanian: Rahovec, Rahoveci;
Serbian: Ораховац, Orahovac;
Turkish: Rahofça
Official seal of Orahovac
Orahovac is located in Kosovo
Location in Kosovo
Country Kosovo[1]
District District of Gjakova
 • Mayor Idriz Vehapi
 • Total 278 km2 (107 sq mi)
Elevation 477 m (1,565 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 58,214
 • Density 210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 21000
Area code(s) (+381) 29
Car plates 04
Website Municipality of Rahovec

Orahovac or Rahovec (Albanian: Rahovec, Rahoveci; Serbian: Ораховац, Orahovac; Turkish: Rahofça), is a town and municipality in western Kosovo,[1] in the District of Gjakova.


  • Name 1
  • Geography and population 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Notable people 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The Serbian name of the town, Orahovac, is derived from the Serbo-Croatian orah, meaning "walnut".[1] The Albanian name Rahovec comes from an Albanised pronunciation of Orahovac.[1]

Geography and population

The municipality coveres 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.[2] In 2011 the municipality had a total population of 56,208.[3] Approximately 800 Kosovo Serbs live in a small Serbian enclave in the town and in the village of Velika Hoča.[3]


Ethnic Composition, Including IDPs
Year/Population Albanians  % Serbs  % Others  % Total
1991 55,119 92 3,938 7 885 1 59,942
January 1999 52,500 92 4,000 7 800 1 57,300
December 1999 58,772 89 5,008 8 2116 3 65,896
May 2001 69,019 97.6 1,350 1.9 350 0.5 70,719
November 2002 71,834 97.7 1,300 1.8 420 0.5 73,554
August 2003 72,853 97.1 1,300 1.7 849 1.1 75002
Current figure 76,577 97.8 App. 1,300 1.66 App. 420 0.54 78,297
Source:1991 census, OSCE/KVM Report (January 1999), UNHCR/HCIC Kosovo, Database (December 1999), Community leaders’ information. 2002 -Directorate of Urbanism (only figures concerning Kosovo Albanian part of the population), Local Community Office, Community leaders’ information. All population figures are subject to a wide margin of error. It is noted that the 1991 census was highly politicized and is thus unreliable..
Ref: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe [2]
Historical population of Orahovac
Year 1948 1953 1961 1971 1981 1991 2011
Population 5600 6411 7373 10080 13143 18296 55053

Notable people

  • Ukshin Hoti, activist, politician, and phylosopher from Krusha e Madhe.

See also


  1. ^ a b 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 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognised as an independent state by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.


  1. ^ a b Skok, Petar (1988) [1971]. Etimologijski rječnik hrvatskoga ili srpskoga jezika (in Serbo-Croatian) 2. Zagreb: Jugoslavenska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti. p. 562. ISBN . 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  
  2. ^ Municipal Profile: Rahovec/Orahovac. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, May 2006. Accessed October 2014.
  3. ^ a b Municipal Profile: Rahovec/Orahovac. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, March 2014. Accessed October 2014.
  • Marijana Milosavljević (NIN, 15/12/05)

External links

  • (Albanian)
  • Rahoveci.NET (Albanian)
  • BBC article concerning March 2004 riots
  • Statistical Office of Kosovo (SOK) (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
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