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Municipality an toun
Dragaš (Драгаш)
Official seal of Dragaš
Dragaš municipality athin the Destrict o Prizren
Dragaš municipality athin the Destrict o Prizren
Dragaš is located in Kosovo
Location o the toun o Dragaš in Kosovo
Coordinates: 42°03′N 20°39′E / 42.050°N 20.650°E / 42.050; 20.650
DestrictDestrict o Prizren
 • Total435 km2 (168 sq mi)
 • Total33,584 (municipality)
 • Density77.4/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)+381
Caur plates04
WebsiteMunicipality of Dragaš

Dragaš (Albanie: Dragash or Sharri; Bosnie: Dragaš; Serbie: Драгаш, Dragaš) is a toun an municipality in the Prizren destrict o soothren Kosovo. The population o the toun is approximately 33,584, that o the whole municipality is estimatit at 33,584 (2011).[1] It wis namit efter medieval Serbie laird Constantine Dragaš.[2]

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Dragaš municipality wis creatit bi the Unitit Naitions Interim Admeenistration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) bi mergin the twa umwhile municipalities o Gora an Opolje.

Geografie[eedit | eedit soorce]

The territory o the Dragaš municipality lees in the northren latitude o 41 52' 30" tae 42 09' 03" an langitude o 20 35' 39" tae 20 48' 26". The whole territory is surroondit by the Šar Mountains, then Koritnik Muntain, muntain Gjalic an Cylen in the direction o Prizren. Anerlie ane pairt o the territory in Prizren direction is hilly wi a relatively slicht slope bi which this territory is connectit wi Prizren basin an through Prizren wi the warld.

Demografics[eedit | eedit soorce]

The municipality is split intae the regions Opoja an Gora, wi the Albanie population livin in Opoja an the Gorani population livin in Gora.

  • 1971 – 13,867 Albanies, 11,076 Gorani an Bosniaks – total 26,850
  • 1981 – 18,623 Albanies, 15,942 Gorani an Bosniaks – total 35,054
  • 1991 – 22,785 Albanies, 16,129 Gorani an Bosniaks – total 39,435

OSCE estimates say the follaein...[1]

  • Januar 1999 – 27,633 Albanies, 17,470 Gorani an Bosniaks – total 45,103
  • Mairch 2000 – 24,856 Albanies, 9,706 Gorani an Bosniaks – total 34,562
  • Januar 2006 – 22,800 Albanies (57.22%), 17,975 Gorani an Bosniaks (43.30%) – total 40,775

(Accordin tae census in 2011 thare is a significant Bosniak commonty in Dragaš, aroond 4,100 fowk.)

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

The main employers in the aurie are the Municipality, UNMIK polis, an private companies as “KUK Commerc”, “Meka” an umwhile state-awned enterprises.[1]

Aw major local companies wur umwhile state-run an, as elsewhare in Kosovo, are currently unner the responsibility o KTA. The oreeginal UNMIK strategy towards these public enterprises consistit o carryin oot a process o ‘commercialisation’. This process wis believit tae be the best wey tae revive the enterprises, although nae foreign investors decidit tae invest.[1]

Infrastructur[eedit | eedit soorce]

The municipality is muntainous an tharefore haes relatit infrastructural problems (e.g. problematic access tae some veelages durin winter saison). Its infrastructur wis in a state o serious disrepair afore the war. Roads, in pairticular, (Zhur–Dragaš; Dragaš-Brod; Dragaš- Restelica) require urgent impruivement for the social-economic development o the aurie. Bus connections atween Dragaš toun an the Opoja aurie continue tae impruive an the services tae Gora are organisit bi the twa OSCE-SIMF buses donatit tae the municipality. There is a free schuil bus service providit bi the municipality alang Gora routes. Taxi services exist but are lairgely unaffordable for the population. OSCE through SIMF/ ECSF funds supportit the rehabilitation o the Heath Hoose an aw.

Mobile coverage is impruivin an aw. Watter supply is ensured in aw veelages.[1]

Seembol[eedit | eedit soorce]

The emblem o Dragaš includes an image o the Šarplaninac dog.[3]

Annotations[eedit | eedit soorce]

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References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. a b c d e OSCE municipal profile of Dragaš PDF, June 2006. Retrieved on 21 February 2008.
  2. Cawley, Charles, Serbia, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, retrieved December 2010 Cite has empty unkent parameters: |1=, |HIDE_PARAMETER6=, |HIDE_PARAMETER1=, |HIDE_PARAMETER4=, and |HIDE_PARAMETER5= (help); Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); freemit airtin in |publisher= (help), [better soorce needit]
  3. Municipal Assembly of Dragaš Archived 2006-07-12 at the Wayback Machine. – Retrieved on 20 November 2008.