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Counties of Albania

The Counties of Albania (Albanian: qark or qarqe, pronounced [caɾk] or [carcɛ]) are the primary administrative divisions of the Republic of Albania.

Counties of Albania
Albania Counties Named Colored.svg
CategoryUnitary State
LocationRepublic of Albania
Number12
Populations70,331 (Gjirokastër) – 811,649 (Tiranë)
Areas766 km2 (296 sq mi) (Durrës)– 3,711 km2 (1,433 sq mi) (Korçë)
GovernmentCounty Government, National Government
SubdivisionsMunicipality

The government structure is based on the 1998 constitution, while the reform was made effective on 31 July 2000.[1][2] The country has been divided into twelve counties. The twelve counties replaced the former districts (Rrethe). Further, the counties has been divided into sixty one municipalities (Bashkia), which are the secondary administrative divisions of the country.[3]

List of counties of AlbaniaEdit

Emblem County
(Qark)
Municipalities
(Bashki)
Area
km² (sq mi)
NUTS
Region
Map
Location
Population
(2016)[4]
Prefect
Berat Berat, Kuçovë, Poliçan, Skrapar, Ura Vajgurore 1,798 km2 (694 sq mi) South 139,815 Harilla Dafa
Dibër Bulqizë, Dibër, Klos, Mat 2,586 km2 (998 sq mi) North 134,153 Abedin Shehu
Durrës Durrës, Krujë, Shijak 766 km2 (296 sq mi) North 278,775 Roland Nasto
Elbasan Belsh, Cërrik, Elbasan, Gramsh, Librazhd, Peqin, Prrenjas 3,199 km2 (1,235 sq mi) Central 298,913 Maksim Malaj
Fier Divjakë, Fier, Lushnjë, Mallakastër, Patos, Roskovec 1,890 km2 (730 sq mi) South 312,448 Baki Bala
Gjirokastër Dropull, Gjirokastër, Këlcyrë, Libohovë, Memaliaj, Përmet, Tepelenë 2,884 km2 (1,114 sq mi) South 70,331 Astrit Aliaj
Korçë Devoll, Kolonjë, Korçë, Maliq, Pogradec, Pustec 3,711 km2 (1,433 sq mi) South 221,706 Dhori Spirollari
Kukës Has, Kukës, Tropojë 2,374 km2 (917 sq mi) North 84,035 Zenel Kucana
Lezhë Kurbin, Lezhë, Mirditë 1,620 km2 (630 sq mi) North 135,613 Gjergj Prendi
Shkodër Fushë-Arrëz, Malësi e Madhe, Pukë, Shkodër, Vau i Dejës 3,562 km2 (1,375 sq mi) North 215,483 Çesk Millja
Tiranë Kamëz, Kavajë, Rrogozhinë, Tiranë, Vorë 1,652 km2 (638 sq mi) Central 811,649 Suzana Jahollari
Vlorë Delvinë, Finiq, Himarë, Konispol, Sarandë, Selenicë, Vlorë 2,706 km2 (1,045 sq mi) South 183,105 Flamur Mamaj

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1998 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA". osce.org. p. 21.
  2. ^ "A Brief History of the Administrative-territorial Organization in Albania". reformaterritoriale.al.
  3. ^ "A Brief History of the Administrative-territorial Organization in Albania". reformaterritoriale.al.
  4. ^ "Popullsia e Shqipërisë" (PDF). instat.gov.al (in Albanian). 19 February 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2017-02-17.