Tetovo (Macedonian: Тетово, [ˈtɛtɔvɔ] (listen); Albanian: Tetovë/Tetova; Turkish: Kalkandelen) is a city in the northwestern part of North Macedonia, built on the foothills of Šar Mountain and divided by the Pena River. The municipality of Tetovo covers an area of 1,080 km2 (417 sq mi) at 468 meters (1,535 ft) above sea level, with a population of 52,915.[1] The city of Tetovo is the seat of Tetovo Municipality.

Тетово (Macedonian)
Tetovë  (Albanian)
Kalkandelen  (Turkish)
From top: View over Tetovo, Isa Beg Hammam, Arabati Baba Teḱe, Painted Mosque, Church of St Cyril and Methodius, Popova Šapka, Urban Tetovo, Baltepe Fortress, Tetovo centre.
Location in Northwestern Macedonia.
Location within Republic of North Macedonia
Coordinates: 42°00′N 20°58′E
Country North Macedonia
Region Polog
Municipality Tetovo
  MayorTeuta Arifi (DUI)
  Total1,068 km2 (412 sq mi)
468 m (1,535 ft)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)+389 044
Car platesTE

In antiquity, Tetovo was a Penestae (Illyrian) fortress-town in eastern Illyria, called Oaeneon (Οαίνεον),[citation needed] in Latin Oaeneum, located on the pass between mount Scardos (now Šar) and river Artatos (later called Oracha, now Pena), a tributary to the Vardar river. This was a territory where the Illyrian tribe Penestae lived, and it included the fortress-towns Draudacum, Uskana, Divra and Styberra in northern Pelagonia.

Based on archaeological findings in the area, the city was first inhabited thousands of years ago. Archaeological findings include a Mycenaean sword and a bronze statuette of the 6th c. BCE.[citation needed] Subsequently, Oaeneon was ruled by many ethnic groups; the Illyrian King Genti of the Labeatae, by King Perseus of Macedonia, by the Romans, by the Byzantines, by the Slavs, by the Bulgarians, and by the Albanians led by Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg.

In the 15th c. AD, Oaeneum came under Ottoman rule for about five centuries. For a short period of time during the 15th century, Tetovo came under the control of the Albanian state, League of Lezhë led by Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg and the Albanians achieved a victory over the Ottomans in the Battle of Polog. After its conquest by the Ottomans, most of city's population converted to Islam and many Ottoman-style structures were built, such as the Šarena Džamija and the Arabati Baba Teḱe, which still stand as two of Macedonia's most significant landmarks of its Ottoman period. During this period, the town belonged to the Vilayet of Kosovo, became a firearm and cannon foundry, and was renamed Kalkandelen (meaning Shield Penetrator); as a result, the town attracted many workers and grew to a city. Following the World Wars, Tetovo became a part of Yugoslavia and, later, the Republic of Macedonia.

Tetovo has become the unofficial capital and centre[2] of a predominantly ethnic Albanian region which extends in an arc from Tetovo to Struga.[3][4] Over one-third of the city is inhabited by ethnic Macedonians. Tetovo historically had a large Turkish population, forming nearly one-quarter as recently as 1961, though it now makes up under 4% of the city.

South East European University, North Macedonia's third largest university after Skopje and Bitola, is located in Tetovo.[5] Tetovo is also home to the State University of Tetovo.