District of Gjilan

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District of Gjilan

Rajoni i Gjilanit
Location of Gjilan District in Kosovo
Location of Gjilan District in Kosovo
Country Kosovo
 • Total1,206 km2 (466 sq mi)
 (2011 census)
 • Total180,783
 • Rank6th
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Postal code
Vehicle registration06
HDI (2017)0.742[2]
high · 4th

The District of Gjilan (Albanian: Rajoni i Gjilanit) or the District of Gnjilane (Serbian: Гњилански округ/Gnjilanski okrug) is one of the seven districts (the higher-level administrative divisions) of Kosovo. Its seat is in the city of Gjilan.[3]

The district largely corresponds to the geographic region of Anamorava or Kosovo-Pomoravlje, and was created in 2000 to replace the Kosovo-Pomoravlje District of the Serbian government.


Anamorava, literally "side of river of Morava", is the hilly countryside in south eastern Kosovo south of Gjilan[4] and on the Binačka Morava. It stretches eastward to the Preševo (Presheva) valley in southern Serbia. The mountains in this region rise to an altitude of 1,000 to 1,200 meters, and culminate in the Karadak region bordering neighboring Macedonia north of Skopje.[5]


The district of Gjilan has a total of 6 municipalities and 287 other smaller settlements:

Municipality Population (2011) Area (km2) Density (km2) Settlements
Gjilan 90,015 385 233.8 54
Vitina 46,959 278 168.9 39
Kamenica 35,600 423 84.2 58
Ranilug 3,866 78 49.6 13
Klokot 2,556 24 106.5 4
Parteš 1,787 18 99.3 3
Gjilan District 180,783 1,206 149.9 287

Ethnic groups[edit]

In 1991, all municipalities of the district had an Albanian majority: Gjilan (Gnjilane) (76.54%), Kamenica (Dardana) (73.05%), Vitina (Vitia) (78.68%).

In the 2011 census,after the creation of new municipalities with Serb population, Albanians are the majority in: Gjilan (Gnjilane) (97.4%), Kamenica (Dardana) (94.7%), Vitina (Vitia) (99.3%),and in Klokot (Kllokot) (53.3%). Serbs are the majority in Parteš (Partesh) (99.9%) and in Ranilug (Ranillug) (95.5%). In Klokot they represent 46% of the population.

Ethnic groups in 2011 census: The largest ethnic groups are Albanians and the biggest minority groups are Serbs.

Number %
TOTAL 181,459 100
Albanians 170,053 93.7
Serbs 8,945 4.9
Turks 988 0.5
Roma (Ashkali) 652 0.4
Others and no response 686 0.4

See also[edit]


a.   ^ 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 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 112 out of 193 United Nations member states, while 11 states have recognized Kosovo only to later withdraw their recognition.


  1. ^ "Komunat në rajonin e Gjilanit".
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ www.logincee.org/file/22465/library|Loc. Development Strategy Gjilan-Logincee
  4. ^ Robert Elsie - 2010 - [1]
  5. ^ Robert Elsie - 2010 -

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°28′N 21°28′E / 42.467°N 21.467°E / 42.467; 21.467