(, ) is a town and 483 km² large municipality located in the Pirot District
of the Republic of Serbia
. According to 2002 census, the municipality of Dimitrovgrad had a population of 11,748 people and the town 6,968.
The official Serbian
name is Dimitrovgrad
(Димитровград), but the name Caribrod
(Цариброд) is also used in Serbian. In Bulgarian
, the name Tsaribrod
(Цариброд) is preferred because there is another town called Dimitrovgrad on the river of Maritsa in Bulgaria; it can sometimes be transliterated as Caribrod
Dimitrovgrad was named after Georgi Dimitrov
, a Bulgarian Communist
There have been attempts to return the old name, Caribrod
, but the last referendum, held on Sunday, June 13, 2004, was invalid due to a low turnout. Only 47.8% of the 9,811 voters on the electoral roll turned out to vote, while 50% was the required minimum. Of those who voted on the issue, 2,586 were in favour of keeping the name Dimitrovgrad
, while 1,786 wanted the name Caribrod
to be returned.
According to the 1991 census, the absolute ethnic majority in the municipality were ethnic Bulgarians
, while according to the 2002 census, the municipality was ethnically mixed, with relative Bulgarian ethnic majority.
According to the 2002 census data, the population of the Dimitrovgrad municipality was 11,748 people, and it was composed of: