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Yakoruda is located in Bulgaria
Location of Yakoruda
Coordinates: 42°1′N 23°41′E / 42.017°N 23.683°E / 42.017; 23.683
Country  Bulgaria
 - Mayor Nuredin Kafelov
Elevation 888 m (2,913 ft)
Population (2005-09-13)
 - Total 6,299
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 2790
Area code(s) 07442
License plate EH

Yakoruda (Bulgarian: Якоруда) is a Bulgarian town located in the southwestern part of the country. A part of the Blagoevgrad Province, it is the seat of the municipality which is the north-easternmost in the province. The town lies in the Rhodope Mountains, along the Mesta River, 26 km west of the town of Velingrad. Yakoruda was proclaimed a town on 9 September 1964, having previously been officially classified as a village.

A plurality of the residents are Muslim Bulgarians (Pomaks), the rest being for the most part Eastern Orthodox.

Notable natives are Survivor BG season one runner-up Ahmed Shuganov and Minister of Labour and Social Policy Emiliya Maslarova.


Yakoruda is the seat of Yakoruda municipality (part of Blagoevgrad Province), which includes the following 8 places:

  • Avramovo
  • Bel Kamen
  • Buntsevo
  • Cherna Mesta
  • Konarsko
  • Smolevo
  • Yakoruda
  • Yurukovo


Yakoruda Glacier on Greenwich Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Yakoruda.

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