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Партеш/Parteš  (Serbian)
Partesh or Parteshi  (Albanian)
Town and municipality
Church of the Holy Trinity in Parteš
Church of the Holy Trinity in Parteš
Location of the municipality of Parteš within Kosovo
Location of the municipality of Parteš within Kosovo
Coordinates: 42°24′07″N 21°26′01″E / 42.40194°N 21.43361°E / 42.40194; 21.43361Coordinates: 42°24′07″N 21°26′01″E / 42.40194°N 21.43361°E / 42.40194; 21.43361
Country Kosovo[a]
District District of Gjilan
Settlements 3
Municipality status 19 August 2010
 • Provisional president Dragan Petković (GIS)
 • Total 18.3 km2 (7.1 sq mi)
Elevation 473 m (1,552 ft)
Population (2013 (est.))
 • Total 5,300
 • Density 290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 38251

Parteš (Serbian Cyrillic: Партеш) or Partesh (Albanian: Parteshi), is a town and municipality located in the Gjilan District of Kosovo.[a] The municipality was established on 19 August 2010. It is inhabited by Serbs, and as of 2013, it has an estimated population of 5,300 inhabitants.


The municipality consists of town of Parteš and two villages: Pasjane and Donja Budriga.


The settlements of Parteš, Donja Budriga and Pasjane are inhabited by ethnic Serbs. There are four Serbian Orthodox churches within the municipality.[1] There are pilgrimage sites at medieval religious ruins.[1]


The economy is based mainly on dairy production and small trade.[1]


There are two primary schools and five secondary schools within the municipality.[1]


The municipality of Parteš is inhabited by ethnic Serbs. The ECMI calculated, based on 2010 and 2013 estimations, that the Parteš municipality was inhabited by 5,300 Serbs (99.96%).[2]

According to the 2011 census, which is unreliable due to partial boycot by Serbs and other minorities,[3] the settlement of Parteš alone had 478 residents, all of whom were Serbs (100%); the Parteš municipality had 1,787 residents, 1,785 of whom were Serbs (99.9%).[1] The municipality of Parteš includes the town and two villages. It is one of the Serbian enclaves in Kosovo (located outside Serb-inhabited North Kosovo), alongside five other municipalities: Gračanica, Štrpce, Novo Brdo, Ranilug and Klokot.[2]

Demographic history
Settlement 1948 1953 1961 1971 1981 1991
Donja Budriga 617 689 801 983 1.018 1.178
Parteš 775 878 1.009 1.203 1.274 1.513
Pasjane 1.325 1.448 1.508 1.845 1.974 2.030
Total 2.717 3.015 3.318 4.031 4.266 4.721


The municipality in planned to be included in the Community of Serb Municipalities, according to the 2013 Brussels Agreement.

The 2013 local elections, held in November, saw 2,770 voters, 63.8% of the total number of registered voters in the Parteš municipality (4,342) according to the last elections.[1] The elections saw the following results in the local government, the municipal assembly which has 15 seats:[1]

  • Independent Liberal Party (SLS), 37.60%—6 seats
  • Citizens' Initiative Srpska (GIS), 18.20%—3 seats
  • Democratic Initiative (DI), 13.04%—2 seats
  • People's Initiative (NI), 12.57%—2 seats
  • Serb Citizens' Initiative Pasjane (SGI P), 6.02%—1 seat
  • Serb Citizens' Initiative Donja Budriga (SGI DB), 6.02%—1 seat


  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.

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