Banja (Suva Reka)

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Coordinates: 42°27′55″N 20°46′52″E / 42.46528°N 20.78111°E / 42.46528; 20.78111 Banja (Serbian: Бања, Banja; Albanian: Bajë) is a village in municipality of Suva Reka in Kosovo.[a]


The village has an area of 1305 ha.


Year Population
1948 942
1953 1036
1961 1252
1971 1707
1981 2349
1991 3099
Ref: Federal Office of Statistics and Evidence of Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia and Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, census for 1948, 1953, 1961, 1971, 1981. and 1991.


The village is named after a local spring with warm water that has healing properties. The toponym is of Serbian origin - banja (lit. spa). It was first mentioned in 1348, in Holy Archangel charter of emperor Stephen Uroš IV Dušan of Serbia. Above the village there were two churches, which villagers called Kiša and Other Kiša.



  1. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.