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Gostivar

Gostivar, is a city in the Republic of Macedonia, located in the upper Polog valley region. It is one of the largest municipalities in the country with a population of 81,042, and the town also covers 1.341km2. Gostivar has good road and railway connections with the other cities in the region, such as Tetovo, Skopje, Kičevo, Ohrid, and Debar. A modern freeway was built in 1995, from Gostivar to Tetovo, 24km long. Gostivar is the seat of Gostivar Municipality.GeographyGostivar is situated on the foothills of one of the most important mountains in the region: the Šar Mountains. Near to Gostivar is the village of Vrutok, where the Vardar river begins at an altitude of 683m from the base of the Šar Mountains. Vardar River extends through Gostivar, cutting it in half, passes through the capital Skopje, goes through the country, enters Greece and finally reaches the Aegean Sea.DemographicsAccording to the 2002 census, the city of Gostivar has a population of 35,847 inhabitants and the ethnic composition is the following:Albanians, 16,890 Macedonians, 11,885 Turks, 4,559 Romas, 1,899 others, 614 The most common mother tongues in the city were the following:Albanian, 16,877 Macedonian, 13,843 Turkish, 4,423 Romani, 301 Serbian, 124 others, 279 The religious composition of the city was the following:
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