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|Town and municipality|
View of the Prokletije
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||+382 20|
Tuzi (Montenegrin: Тузи/Tuzi, pronounced [tǔːzi]; Albanian: Tuz) is a small town 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. Tuzi is an urban municipality, a subdivision of Podgorica Municipality. The Church of St. Anthony is in the centre of the town.
Tuzi is situated to the northwest of Lake Skadar, 10 km from Podgorica, 150 km from Dubrovnik (Croatia) and 130 km to Tirana (Albania). It is located in surrounded by forests and mountains that are further connected with Prokletije. As in all cities in Montenegro, Tuzi has a health centre, elementary school "Mahmut Lekić" and since 2004 the high school "25 Maj". Later developments also include a football stadium. Korita, Lake of Rikaveci, Vitoja, Cemi river etc.
The town of Tuzi is situated between Podgorica and the Skadar lake. The Albanian community of Tuzi descend from the surrounding tribes of Hoti, Gruda, Trieshi and Koja, part of the Malësor tribes. Montenegrin Albanians view the town as an important cultural and traditional center. 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 Gjergj Kastrioti, the Albanian flag was risen on top of the Deçiq Mountain in Tuzi during the Battle of Deçiq. In the battle, Ded Gjo Luli led the Albanians to victory against the Ottomans which marked the turning point in Albanian self-determination.
According to 2011 census, the town of Tuzi has a population of 4,748, while Tuzi Urban Municipality has 12,096 residents. Out of this, roughly half are Albanians, but there is also a significant percentage of Bosniaks, Muslims by nationality, and Montenegrins.
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