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Butel ( ) is one of the 10 municipalities the make up the city of Skopjemarker, the capital of the Republic of Macedoniamarker. In a cemetery in Butel is where George Zorbas's grave is located. George Zorbas was the character upon whom Nikos Kazantzakis based his fictional Alexis Zorbas, the protagonist of his novel Zorba the Greek.


Butel borders Gazi Baba municipality to the south-east, Čair municipality to the south, Karpoš municipalitymarker to the south-west, Šuto Orizari municipalitymarker and Čučer-Sandevo municipalitymarker to the north-west, and Lipkovo municipalitymarker to the north-east.


According to the last National census from 2008 Butel has 36,154 inhabitants.

Ethnic groups in the municipality include:
  • Macedonians = 22,506
  • Albanians = 9,107
  • Turks = 1,304
  • Serbs = 1,033
  • others.


  1. Macedonian census data of 2002

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