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Antartiko (Greek: Ανταρτικό, Macedonian Slavic: Желево, Želevo) is a village in the Prespes Municipality in Macedonia. Nestled in the mountains to the West of Florina the village has suffered a long decline in population and influence. The area has been settled for hundreds of years and there are two old Churches testifying to the villages' age. Antartiko had a population of approximately 2000 people in the early 20th century but starting in the 1920s began a long exodus out of it.

Many people immigrated to Canada, the United States, and Australia and the population of Antartiko is now only slightly over 100 people. As of 1993, the population was exclusively Macedonian speaking.[1] In more recent decades the area has seen an increase in illegal immigration from Albania, as the border is close by. The main industry of the area for a long time was farming, and a main road only connected the village with Florina in the last 50 years or so.

Antartiko, 1916

Antartiko (*)


^ Riki Van Boeschoten. "Usage des langues minoritaires dans les départements de Florina et d’Aridea (Macédoine)"

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