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|Municipality and city|
|Albanian: Rahovec, Rahoveci
Serbian: Ораховац, Orahovac
|District||District of Gjakova|
|• Mayor||Idriz Vehapi|
|• Total||278 km2 (107 sq mi)|
|Elevation||477 m (1,565 ft)|
|• Density||210/km2 (540/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||(+381) 29|
|Website||Municipality of Rahovec|
Geography and population
The municipality coveres an area of approximately 276 km2 (107 sq mi) and contains 35 villages. In 2014 the town had a total population of 23,200 and the population of the municipality was 58,214. In 2011 the municipality had a total population of 56,208. Approximately 800 Kosovo Serbs live in a small Serbian enclave in the town and in the village of Velika Hoča.
|Ethnic Composition, Including IDPs|
|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 
The town is known for a local dialect, Orahovac dialect (ravëqki; Albanian: rahovecianshe, gjuha e Rahovecit) which is a mixture of Albanian, Serbian and Bulgarian languages. Its use has declined rapidly after the Kosovo War, with Albanian becoming the predominant language.
- Ukshin Hoti, activist, politician, and phylosopher from Krusha e Madhe.
- 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 recognition as an independent state from 110 out of 193 United Nations member states.
- Skok, Petar (1988) . 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)]
- Municipal Profile: Rahovec/Orahovac. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, May 2006. Accessed October 2014.
- Municipal Profile: Rahovec/Orahovac. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, March 2014. Accessed October 2014.
- "Kosovo's Mysterious Dialect Fades Away :: Balkan Insight". www.balkaninsight.com. Retrieved 2016-04-14.
- Marijana Milosavljević (NIN, 15/12/05)
- Rahoveci24.com (Albanian)
- Rahoveci.NET (Albanian)
- BBC article concerning March 2004 riots
- Statistical Office of Kosovo (SOK) (Albanian)
- International Organization for Mifration (IOM)
- Survivors describe massacre in Orahovac
- Human Rights Publication-Massacre in Pastasel, Orahovac
- Photographic Evidence of Kosovo Genocide and Conflict
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