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Town and municipality
Lipljan town park
Lipljan town park
Location of the municipality of Lipljan within Kosovo
Location of the municipality of Lipljan within Kosovo
Coordinates: 42°32′N 21°06′E / 42.533°N 21.100°E / 42.533; 21.100
Country Kosovo[a]
District District of Pristina
 • Mayor Imri Ahmeti (LDK)
 • Municipal 338 km2 (131 sq mi)
Elevation 563 m (1,847 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Urban 6,870
 • Municipal 57,605
 • Municipal density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 14000
Area code(s) +383 38
Car plates 01

Lipljan (Serbian Cyrillic: Липљан) or Lipjan (Albanian: Lipjani) is a town and municipality located in the Pristina District of Kosovo[a]. According to the 2011 census, the town of Lipljan has 6,870 inhabitants, while the municipality has 57,605 inhabitants.


The name of the town, Lipljan, is derived from the Serbian lipa, "linden tree", referring to the local foliage.[1] The name lipa is often used in South Slavic toponyms.[1] The Roman city of Ulpiana was located near Lipljan and it was named in honor of the Roman Emperor Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus. In the early Middle Ages in was part of the Bulgarian Empire and a diocese of the Bulgarian Patiarchate. The neo-Latin form Lypenion for the city occurs for the first time in a Byzantine text from 1018 AD that confirmed the town as an episcopal seat of the Bulgarian Archbishopric of Ohrid following the Byzantine conquest of Bulgaria in the same year.[2]


Roman period[edit]

Ulpiana played an important role in the development of the most important cities in the Roman province of Dardania.

Middle Ages[edit]

Lipljan was the seat of medieval Eparchy of Lipljan that existed up to the beginning of 18 century. The Gračanica monastery was built in 1321, on the ruins of two older churches.


Municipal historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: Division of Kosovo

According to the last official census done in 2011, the municipality of Lipljan has 57,605 inhabitants.

The ethnic composition of the municipality:

Ethnic Composition, Including IDPs
Year/Population Albanians  % Serbs  % Croats  % Others  % Total
1961 census 24,433 60.98 10,902 27.21 3,304 8.25 1,431 3.57 40,070
1991 census 53,730 77.36 9,713 13.99 2,914 4.20 3,094 4.45 69,451
January 1999 (OSCE est.) 62,706 81.3 9,985 13.0 N/A N/A 5,834 7.6 77,087
2000 (OSCE est.) 63,478 83.3 9,300 12.2 363 0.5 1,890 2.6 76,143


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Notes and references[edit]

  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 received formal recognition as an independent state from 113 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. pp. 305–306. ISBN 86-407-0064-8. 
  2. ^ Collective (1965). Greek Sources about Bulgarian History (GIBI), volume VI (in Bulgarian and Greek). Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Press. p. 44. 

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Coordinates: 42°31′48″N 21°08′19″E / 42.53000°N 21.13861°E / 42.53000; 21.13861