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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Gostivar is city in the Republic of Macedonia, located in the upper Polog region. It is one of the largest cities in the country with a population of 81042 and covers 1.341 square kilometres. Gostivar has good road and railway connections with the other cities in the region are Tetovo, Skopje, Kicevo, Ohrid, and Debar. A new and modern freeway was built, in 1995, from Gostivar to Tetovo, 24 km long.
Gostivar is situated on the foothills of one of the most important mountains in the region are Sar Planina mountain. Near to Gostivar is the village of Vrutok, where the Vardar river begins at an altitude of 683 meters from the base of the Sar Planina mountain. Vardar extends through Gostivar, cutting it in half, passes through the capital Skopje, goes through the country, enters Greece and finally reaches the Aegean Sea. According to the last census taken in 2002, 66.6 percent of the population is declared as ethnic Albanians, 19.5 percent as Macedonians, 9.8 percent as Turks, 3.8 percent as Romas and other.
Gostivar is a merchant city. From the second half of the 19th century, a lot of merchants started moving in and opening new stores. There is also a market day, Tuesday. The merchants from Kruševo, Kicevo, Tetovo and Veles were the founders of the Gostivar merchant centre at that time. But today they have become electricians, mechanics workers. Today Gostivar is a modern city.
As you leave Gostivar, on the way to Kicevo and Ohrid, in the Vrutok village is the gorge of the biggest river in Macedonia, Vardar, that is 388 kilometers long and flows in the Aegean Sea, at Thessaloniki. Gostivar is one of the biggest settlements in the Polog valley. The Polog valley can be observed from the high lands of Mavrovo and Galicnik, seeing the villages scattered through the valley like some kind of beautiful mosaic.

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