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Šuto Orizari (Municipality, Macedonia)

Шуто оризари

Last modified: 2006-08-19 by ivan sache
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Municipal flag of Šuto Orizari - Image by Ivan Sache, 22 March 2005

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Presentation of Šuto Orizari

The municipality of Šuto Orizari, in short form Šutka, (20,800 inhabitants; 7.48 is one of the ten municipalities forming the city of Skopje. It is the only municipality in the world with a Rom administration.

Roms were elected for the first time in the Municipal Council of Skoplje in 1948. A few years later, they founded the sport club, Ekipe (Unity) and the cultural association Phralipe (Fraternity), which organized Rom music, dance and theater shows. The most famous member of Phralipe is Esma Redzepova, wordly renowned as the "Tsigane Queen".
On 26 July 1963, an earthquake destroyed two-thirds of Skopje. The Roms, who had been living since the XVIIth century in the borough of Topana, all moved to the hillside of Šuto Orizari, close to a garbage dump. They organized there their city, with an administration, shops and a cinema.
In 1996 Šuto Orizari was granted municipal statutes, according to the decentralization law. Romanes was adopted as its official language. Since 1999, more than 4,000 Roms expelled from Kosovo because they allegely supported the Serbs against the Albanians settled in Šutka.

Source: Sébastien Daycard-Heidet and Simon Mazurelle. "The city where the Roms feel at home." Le Monde, 11 March 2005

Ivan Sache, 22 March 2005

Municipal flag of Šuto Orizari

The municipal flag of Šuto Orizari is vertical, in proportion 2:1, vertically divided green-blue, the colours of the Rom flag. It shows the Rom wheel and a yellow bridge, representing the Kamen Most (Stone bridge) over the river Vardar.


Ivan Sache, 22 March 2005