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Chepinska river in the city centre.
Chepinska river in the city centre.
Rudozem is located in Bulgaria
Location of Rudozem
Coordinates: 41°29′N 24°51′E / 41.483°N 24.850°E / 41.483; 24.850Coordinates: 41°29′N 24°51′E / 41.483°N 24.850°E / 41.483; 24.850
Country Bulgaria
 • Mayor Rumen Pehlivanov (MRF)
Elevation 826 m (2,710 ft)
Population (31.12.2009)[1]
 • Total 3,583
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 4960
Area code(s) 0306

Rudozem (Bulgarian Cyrillic: Рудозем) is a town in southern Bulgaria, near the Greek border, located in the Rhodope Mountains, where the Elhovo and Chepino rivers flow into the Arda, and is part of Smolyan Province. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous Rudozem Municipality. As of December 2009, the town has a population of 3,583 inhabitants.[1]

The name Rudozem is a compound word made up of Bulgarian ruda (руда) meaning "ore"; and the root zem (зем) meaning "land". It refers to the wealth of the area in mineral resources. Its former name is Palas. She was a township of the Ottoman İskeçe sanjak in Edirne vilayet between 1867 and 1912.

Rudozem Heights on Fallières Coast in Antarctica is named after the town.[2]