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Kišava is located in Republic of Macedonia
Location within Macedonia
Coordinates: 40°52′59″N 21°19′0″E / 40.88306°N 21.31667°E / 40.88306; 21.31667
Country  Macedonia
Municipality Bitola Municipality
Elevation 881 m (2,890 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 308
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 7223
Area code(s) +389 047
Car plates BT
Website .

Kišava, (Macedonian: Кишава, sometimes transliterated Kishava, Albanian: Këshavë) is a small village in the municipality of Bitola. It is in the district of Bitola. It is located about 20 km south of Bitola and is accessed by narrow mountainous roads. The main road that links this village to the near city is in need of maintenance as it was built in the 1970s. According to the 2002 national census, the total population of the village is 308 people inhabited by Muslim Albanians - 307 and Macedonians - 1.[1]

The main occupation of villagers in Kišava is farming and herding. The most known product of this village is the Kišava bean. Local villagers also rely on milk production as their main income. In recent times, the local economy has experienced a downturn affecting Kišava with expenses going up and income somewhat in decline.

From the 1950s onward, people from Kišava began migrating to nearby settlements like Medžitlija or going abroad to other countries for better opportunities. As such, a sizable diaspora from the village exists in the suburb of South Dandenong in Melbourne, Australia.[2] Kišava is surrounded especially on its western confines by the Baba mountain range and frequented by people who come to camp at a place called "Demikapt". Its local fauna is full of flowers.

Tourists come to Kišava, often from Canada, Australia, United States, Switzerland and Turkey. Many Albanians from the village diaspora also come back to Kišava for a visit, especially during the summer holiday months.

Coordinates: 40°53′N 21°19′E / 40.883°N 21.317°E / 40.883; 21.317


  1. ^ Book 5 - Total population according to the Ethnic Affiliation, Mother Tongue and Religion, The State Statistical Office, Skopje, 2002, p. 69.
  2. ^ "After World War II". Immigration Museum. Retrieved 30 November 2015. "Albanian migration in the wake of World War II is intimately connected with the turbulent political, social and economic conditions of the homelands: Albania, Kosova, Macedonia and Montenegro. Following the war, the establishment of a Stalinist dictatorship in Albania and a centralised communist regime in former Yugoslavia had profound and deeply tragic consequences. A small number of refugees from Albania, and especially Albanians from the Prespa region in south-western Macedonia, were resettled in Australia. Sharing a common dialect – Toskë, one of the major southern Albanian dialects – and a long history of intermarriage and cultural exchange with Albanians from the Korçë region, they found a ready sense of community and solidarity with the early kurbetxhi in Victoria and elsewhere in Australia. With mass migration to Australia during the 1960s and 1970s, the Prespa Albanians and those from the nearby villages of Këshavë and Ostrec formed a large proportion of the Albanian community in Australia, numbering 5,401 in 1991. The majority of these mostly Muslim Albanians settled in Victoria, principally in Melbourne’s industrial, working-class suburbs of Dandenong, Footscray, Yarraville, Altona, St Albans, Preston, Thomastown and Lalor."