Tuzi

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Tuzi
Тузи
Town
Tuzi is located in Montenegro
Tuzi
Coordinates: 42°21′56″N 19°19′53″E / 42.36556°N 19.33139°E / 42.36556; 19.33139
Country Montenegro
MunicipalityPodgorica Municipality
Population (2003)
 • Total3,900
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code81206
Area code(s)+382 20
Vehicle registrationPG-T
 
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Tuzi
Тузи
Town
Tuzi is located in Montenegro
Tuzi
Coordinates: 42°21′56″N 19°19′53″E / 42.36556°N 19.33139°E / 42.36556; 19.33139
Country Montenegro
MunicipalityPodgorica Municipality
Population (2003)
 • Total3,900
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code81206
Area code(s)+382 20
Vehicle registrationPG-T
Municipal of Malësia

Tuzi (Montenegrin, Bosnian: Tuzi, Тузи, pronounced [tǔːzi]; Albanian: Tuzi) is a settlement in the Podgorica Municipality, Montenegro, located along a main road between the city of Podgorica and the Albanian border crossing, just a few kilometers north of Lake Skadar. The exact location of Tuzi is 42°21′56″N 19°19′53″E / 42.36556°N 19.33139°E / 42.36556; 19.33139. Tuzi is urban municipality, a subdivision of Podgorica municipality.

Origin of name[edit]

Although there is no historical record for the name "Tuzi", locals say it owes it name to its founder and first settler, Llesh Tuzi. He was said to have lived in the 15th century and migrated from the Albanian Highlands (Malesia e Madhe).

According to some documents of an local catholic church, the name Tuzi is being used in the year 1222

History[edit]

The town of Tuzi is situated in the region of Malesija. It is the largest and most important town in the region. The Albanians of Tuzi today are originally from the surrounding Malesija region tribes of Hoti, Gruda, Triesh and Koja. The Malësor Albanians consider Tuzi as an important cultural and traditional center for their people. Although Tuzi is historically an Albanian majority town, it is also home to smaller ethnic groups, such as the Bosniaks (Muslims) and Montenegrins.

In 1911, for the first time since the era of George Kastrioti, the Albanian flag was risen on top of the Dečić Mountain in Tuzi during the Battle of Dečić. In the battle, Ded Gjo Luli led the Albanians to victory against the Ottomans which marked the turning point in Albanian self-determination.

Geography[edit]

Tuzi is situated to the northwest of the Lake of Shkodra 10 km from Podgorica, 150 km from Dubrovnik (Croatia) and 130 km to Tirana (Albanian Capital).

Tuzi is located in surrounded by forests and mountains that are further connected with the Prokletije. As in all cities in Montenegro, Tuzi has a health centre, elementary school "Mahmut Lekić" and high school "25 Maj". KIC 'TUZI', was built in 2004. In the last few years, Tuzi built a new elementary school and football stadium.

Subdivisions[edit]

Apart from Tuzi, the Urban Municipality of Tuzi contains the following villages.

Natural and Touristic Resources[edit]

Korita, Lake of Rikaveci, Vitoja, River Cemi etc.

Economy[edit]

The urban municipality of Tuzi in the year 2005 has had a budget of over 3.500.000 euros, but in the year 2012 it has a decrease amount of budget to 45.000 euros.

Demographics[edit]

According to 2011 census, the town of Tuzi has a population of 4,748,[1] while Tuzi Urban Municipality has 12,096 residents.[2] Out of this, most are Albanians, but there is also a significant percentage of Bosniaks, Muslims by nationality and Montenegrins.

Religious demographics[edit]

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