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is town and municipality in south-east Serbia
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. The municipality has 29,669 inhabitants, while the town itself has a population of 15,830 (2011 census).
According to Turkish records, the town existed in the 15th century as a Turkish administrative center. After the Turks were forced out of Serbia, locals started growing winegrapes as a kind of complementary business to their building activities. They made Vlasotince number one wine region in former Yugoslavia
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and furthermore the biggest wine exporter in the Balkans
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. The craftmenship and building skills of workers and builders from this region were very much appreciated in former Yugoslavia and its surrounding neighbours until the recent Balkan Wars.
Ethnic groups in the municipality (2002 census):
- Serbs = 32,858
- Roma = 277
Vlasotince municipality consists of Vlasotince (town) and the following villages surrounding it:
- Borin Dol
- Crna Bara (Vlasotince)
- Gornja Lopušnja
- Gornja Lomnica
- Gornji Dejan
- Gornji Orah
- Gornji Prisjan
- Donje Gare
- Donji Dejan
- Donja Lopušnja
- Donja Lomnica
- Donji Prisjan
- Kukavica (Vlasotince)
- Ravna Gora (Vlasotince)
- Ravni Del