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Istok or Istog is a town and municipality
A Municipality is the basic administrative division in Kosovo.-List of Municipalities:The first name is Serbian and the second one is Albanian:* Dečani / Deçan* Dragaš / Dragash* Đakovica / Gjakovë* Glogovac / Gllogovc * Gnjilane / Gjilan...
in the Peć district of north-western Kosovo
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. The town is the administrative capital of the municipality, which includes the town and the surrounding villages.
The name of the town comes from the archaic version of the Serbian word istok
(modern version istek
), meaning "well, water source" referring to the springs of the Istočka river, a tributary to the White Drin river. The name of the nearby village of Vrela, one of the largest settlements in the municipality, also means "springs", as does the newly proposed Albanian name of the town, Burimi.
|Ethnic Composition, Including IDPs
|Ref: Yugoslav Population Censuses for data through 1991, and OSCE estimates for data in 1998 and 2006
Although there is no official data, the total population of the municipality is estimated at 65,000.
After World War II
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, watermills on the river of Istok were nationalized and a new fish plant was built to operate as a Socially-owned Enterprise. The company's name during socialism was "Ribnjak" (in Serbian) meaning "Piscatory or Fishery", and when it was privatized as Motel "Trofta" (in Albanian) meaning "Trout
Trout is the name for a number of species of freshwater and saltwater fish belonging to the Salmoninae subfamily of the family Salmonidae. Salmon belong to the same family as trout. Most salmon species spend almost all their lives in salt water...
", or the type of fish it has been and is still producing, selling, and distributing. The company currently employs around 70 workers.
- Ibrahim Rugova
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, former President of Kosovo
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, born in the municipality of Istok (in the village of Crnce
Crnce is a village in Kosovo , 2 km south of the town of Istok.-Geography:This village of approximately 300 households is located in north-west Kosovo on the border with Serbia.-Economy:...
- Agnesa Vuthaj
Agnesa Vuthaj is an Albanian beauty pageant contestant and winner of Miss Kosovo title in 2003 as well as Miss Albania title in 2004.- Personal life :...
, who was crowned Miss Albania
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in 2004, and represented Albania in Miss World 2004
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hosted in the city of Sanya
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, was born in Istok on 8 February 1986.
- Fatmire Bajramaj
Fatmire "Lira" Bajramaj is a German footballer with Albanian etnicity. She plays as an attacking midfielder for 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam and the German national team. She placed 3rd in 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or competition, an annual award given to the world's best player.-Club:Bajramaj began her...
, international woman footballer for Germany and a World Cup (2007) and European Cup (2009) winner, was born in Istok on 1 April 1988.