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Struga

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Struga is a town and popular tourist destination situated in the south-western region of the Republic of Macedonia, lying on the shore of Lake Ohrid. The town of Struga is the seat of Struga Municipality.EtymologyThe origins for the name Struga come from Old Church Slavonic language. There are three theories regarding the name, all of which are supported by the local inhabitants of the Struga region.The first theory is that the name of the town originated from the geographic location of the town. Located at the foot of an open valley and subject to a windy climate, it was suggested that the name originates from the old Macedonian term: струже ветер (it blows wind). The second theory says that the name of the city origins from the old Macedonian word straga, meaning a cross. The old name of the city is Ενχαλών Enchalon, the ancient Greek word for eel, a kind of fish that lives in the Lake Ohrid. The third theory comes from the Old Macedonian word str'g which means water branch.GeographyStruga is located in an open valley on Lake Ohrid. The Black Drin river starts at the lake and divides the city.DemographicsAs of the 2002 census, the city of Struga has 16,559 inhabitants and the ethnic composition was the following:Macedonians, 8,901 Albanians, 5,293 Turks, 907 Vlachs, 550 others, 908 The mother tongues of the city's residents were the following: Macedonian, 9,665 Albanian, 5,615 Turkish, 823 Aromanian, 271 others, 185 The religious composition of the city was the following: Orthodox Christians, 9,197 Muslims, 7,075 others, 287
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