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This article is about a town and municipality in Kosovo. For other uses, see Orahovac (disambiguation).
Municipality and city
Orahovac/ Ораховац
Rahovec/ Rahoveci
Pano orahovac.jpg
Orahovac is located in Kosovo
Location in Kosovo
Coordinates: 42°23′58″N 20°39′17″E / 42.39944°N 20.65472°E / 42.39944; 20.65472Coordinates: 42°23′58″N 20°39′17″E / 42.39944°N 20.65472°E / 42.39944; 20.65472
Country Kosovo[a]
District District of Gjakova
 • Total 276 km2 (107 sq mi)
Elevation 477 m (1,565 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 55,053 (municipality)
 • Density 199.5/km2 (517/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,[a] in the District of Gjakova.


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[edit]

The municipality coveres an area of approximately 276 km2 (107 sq mi) and contains 35 villages. In 2006 the town had a total population of 25.000 and the population of the municipality was 55,053. Besides a small Serbian enclave in the town numbering around 400 residents, in the municipality of Orahovac is another Serbian enclave named Velika Hoča, numbering around 700 residents.

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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[when?] 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 [1]
Historical population of Orahovac
Year 1948 1953 1961 1971 1981 1991 2011
Population 5600 6411 7373 10080 13143 18296 55053

Notable people[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 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.


  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 86-407-0064-8. "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 Proto-Slavic orěhъ "nux". The adjective on -ov, orahov, is nominalised in toponymy into Orahovo, ... Orahov Do (Herzegovina), ... Oriovac (Slavonia) = Oravac = Oraovac (1770, Kosovo and Metohija) = Raovec in Albanian pronunciation. (N.B. Orahovac and Rahovec are shown here in h-less variants Oraovac and Raovec)]"
  • Marijana Milosavljević (NIN, 15/12/05)

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