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Serbian: Малишево / Mališevo
Albanian: Malishevë / Malisheva
Mališevo is located in Kosovo
Location in Kosovo
Coordinates: 42°28′58″N 20°44′45″E / 42.48278°N 20.74583°E / 42.48278; 20.74583
Country Kosovo[a]
District District of Prizren
 • Mayor Reqip Beqaj [1]
 • Total 306 km2 (118 sq mi)
Elevation 538 m (1,765 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 56,889
 • Density 190/km2 (480/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 24000
Area code(s) +381
Car plates 04
Website Municipality of Mališevo
Not to be confused with Mališevo/Malishevë, a village in the District of Gjilan.

Mališevo or Malishevë (Albanian Malishevë or Malisheva; Serbian: Малишево, Mališevo; Turkish: Malişova) is a town and municipality in the Prizren District of central Kosovo.[a] The town itself has approximately 2,300 inhabitants while the municipality has an estimated 56,889 inhabitants.


The population of the town has historically been predominantly ethnic Albanian. The town was largely destroyed by Serbian forces in 1998. Town residents only returned following the 1998 withdrawal of Serbian paramilitary police and military, in response to international pressures.[2]

The town became a stronghold for the ethnically Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army during the Kosovo War in 1999. The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) formally re-established the municipality of Mališevo in July 2000. During the war, a number of atrocities were committed by both Albanian and Yugoslav forces. One such incident occurred in Mališevo, the execution of no fewer than seven Serbian men, named the Mališevo Massacre. The UN-run Office on Missing Persons and Forensics began the excavations at the site in May 2005.


Ethnic Composition, Including IDPs
Year/Population Albanians  % Roma  % Total
January 1999 60,411 N/A 45 60,456
February 2005 65,500 99.9 20 0.01 App. 65,520
Ref: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe[1])

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  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 been recognised as an independent state by 109 out of 193 United Nations member states.


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  2. ^ Julius Strauss, "Albanian refugees nervously return to their Kosovo homes as Serbian troops pull out". Daily Telegraph via the National Post, October 28, 1998, p. A12.

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Coordinates: 42°28′58″N 20°44′45″E / 42.48278°N 20.74583°E / 42.48278; 20.74583