Total population
Regions with significant populations
Flag of Macedonia.svg Macedonia - 85.000

Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo - 47,000 [1][2][3]


Torbeški language



Related ethnic groups

Pomaks, Gorani

The Torbeši are a minority South Slavic group, most of whom live in Macedonia (country) and Kosovo. There are about 130,000 Torbeši in the Balkans and many that live in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden. They form a distinct ethnic group (they are not Macedonians (ethnic group)).

Language and ethnic affiliation

Their language is called Torbeški and resembles a mix of Serbian language, Macedonian language and Bulgarian language. It is a South Slavic language. However the Torbeši have their own words as well.

Examples of Torbeški

dobar den kako si 
Good day how are you
što prajs a ima nešto novo 
What are you doing is there something new
Ja čidem do Torbešija denaski a če dođeš oz mene 
Im going to Torbešija today are you comming with me


Many Torbeši are involved in agriculture, and also work abroad. Torbeši are well known as fresco-painters, wood carvers and mosaic-makers. In the past few decades large numbers of Torbeši have emigrated to Western Europe and North America.

Areas of settlement


  Where Torbeši make up a majority population

  Areas where Torbeši are concentrated

The largest concentration of Torbeši can be found in Western Macedonia and Eastern Albania. The Centar Župa Municipality is populated by a large number of Torbeši although for personal reasons most of the population chooses to identify as Turks. Most of the villages in the Centar Župa and Debar regions are populated by Torbeši. The Struga municipality also holds a large number of Torbeši who are primarily concentrated in the large village of Labuništa. Further north in the Debar region many of the surrounding villages are inhabited by Torbeši. The Dolna Reka region is also primarily populated by Torbeši. They form the remainder of the population which emigrated to Turkey in the 1950s and 1960s. Places such as Rostuša and Tetovo also have large Torbeši populations. Another large concentration of Torbeši is in the so called Torbešija which is just south of Skopje. There are also major concentrations of Torbeši in the central region of the Republic of Macedonia, surrounding the Plasnica municipality and the Dolneni municipality.

The Torbeši population of Albania and Kosovo can be primarily found along the Macedonian border. Meny Torbeši live in Kosovo in a town called Prizren and there are Torbeši in 16 villages in Kosovo.


  1. Gallagher, Tom. The Balkans In The New Millennium: In the Shadow of War and Peace, p. 85. (Routledge, 2005)
  2. Kappeler, Andreas; Edward Allworth, Gerhard Simon, Georg Brunner (1994). Muslim communities reemerge: historical perspectives on nationality, politics, and opposition in the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Duke University Press. pp. 331. ISBN 0-8223-1490-8. 
  3. Poulton, Hugh (2000). Who are the Torbeši?. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. pp. 124. ISBN 1-85065-534-0.,M1. 
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