Bajram Curri (town)

Bajram Curri (Albanian: [bajˈɾam t͡suri]) is a town and administrative unit in the municipality of Tropojë, northeastern Albania, within the historical ethnographic region of the Gjakova Highlands. The town is located in a remote and mountainous region of the Albanian Alps, within the Valbonë Valley, and close to the border to Kosovo[a]. It is named after Bajram Curri, a national hero who fought for ethnic Albanians, first against the Ottoman Empire and later against the Albanian government.

Bajram Curri
Bajram Curri
Bajram Curri
Bajram Curri is located in Albania
Bajram Curri
Bajram Curri
Bajram Curri is located in Europe
Bajram Curri
Bajram Curri
Coordinates: 42°21′29″N 20°4′33″E / 42.35806°N 20.07583°E / 42.35806; 20.07583Coordinates: 42°21′29″N 20°4′33″E / 42.35806°N 20.07583°E / 42.35806; 20.07583
CountryAlbania
CountyKukës
MunicipalityTropojë
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total
5,340
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
8701–8702
Area code(s)+355 (0) 213
Vehicle registrationBC

HistoryEdit

Bajram Curri was founded in the year 1957 to serve as the centre of the district of Tropoja. The village was previously known as Kolgecaj. The newly formed city was built based on socialist principles.

GeographyEdit

Bajram Curri is located down the valley of the river Valbonë. It is the main access point by road to the villages of Valbona and Rrogam. Water from the mountains flow into the waters of the Valbonë, the latter being famous for having the clearest river water in Albania. It is an administrative unit in the municipality of Tropojë.[2]

ClimateEdit

Bajram Curri has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfa).

Seeing silent lightning is very common in the summer nights of Bajram Curri.

Climate data for Bajram Curri
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4.9
(40.8)
7.5
(45.5)
12.2
(54.0)
16.9
(62.4)
21.9
(71.4)
25.8
(78.4)
28.5
(83.3)
28.5
(83.3)
24.3
(75.7)
17.8
(64.0)
11.2
(52.2)
6.7
(44.1)
17.2
(62.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 1.6
(34.9)
3.7
(38.7)
7.6
(45.7)
11.9
(53.4)
16.5
(61.7)
20.3
(68.5)
22.6
(72.7)
22.4
(72.3)
18.5
(65.3)
13.0
(55.4)
7.6
(45.7)
3.5
(38.3)
12.4
(54.4)
Average low °C (°F) −1.6
(29.1)
−0.1
(31.8)
3.1
(37.6)
6.9
(44.4)
11.1
(52.0)
14.8
(58.6)
16.7
(62.1)
16.4
(61.5)
12.8
(55.0)
8.3
(46.9)
4.1
(39.4)
0.3
(32.5)
7.7
(45.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 126
(5.0)
114
(4.5)
106
(4.2)
105
(4.1)
93
(3.7)
65
(2.6)
52
(2.0)
58
(2.3)
92
(3.6)
119
(4.7)
154
(6.1)
151
(5.9)
1,235
(48.7)
Source: [3]

EconomyEdit

The municipality of Tropojë has many agricultural products and is famous for its chestnuts, apples, nuts, grapes, and especially blueberries. Large reserves of platinum, rhodium, ruthenium, palladium, iridium, and osmium have been discovered in Tropojë. Albanian, Italian, and Chinese engineers, working for Albanian Minerals and Bytyci Sh.p.k in Tropojë, suggest the area may have more than 500 million tons of chrome ore and more than two billion tons of olivine in which 5-7 grams of platinum is present per ton. This gigantic body of ore is one of the largest in the world.

DemographyEdit

As of the 2011 census, the administrative unit of Bajram Curri had an estimated population of 5,340 of whom 2,717 were men and 2,623 women.[1]

Notable peopleEdit

 
Azem Hajdari Square recently renovated in central Bajram Curri

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 97 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states have recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Nurja, Ines. "Censusi i popullsisë dhe banesave/ Population and Housing Census–Kukës (2011)" (PDF). Tirana: Institute of Statistics (INSTAT). p. 39. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Law nr. 115/2014" (PDF) (in Albanian). Fletorja Zyrtare e Republikës së Shqipërisë. p. 97. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Climate: Bajram Curri". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved April 29, 2019.

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