Dibër (Albanian: [ˈdiˈbər]; definite Albanian form: Dibra pronounced [ˈdiˈbɾa]) is a municipality in Dibër County, northeastern Albania. The municipality consists of the administrative units of Arras, Fushë-Çidhën, Kala e Dodës, Kastriot, Lurë, Luzni, Maqellarë, Melan, Muhurr, Selishtë, Sllovë, Tomin, Zall-Dardhë, Zall-Reç with Peshkopi constituting its seat. As of the Institute of Statistics estimate from the 2011 census, there were 61,619 in Dibër Municipality.
|• Mayor||Dionis Imeraj (PS)|
|• Council||Dibër Municipal Council|
|• Municipality||937.88 km2 (362.12 sq mi)|
|• Municipality density||84.16/km2 (218.0/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Dibër Municipality is located on the bank of Black Drin in northwestern Albania adjacent to the border with North Macedonia. The Korab Mountain is the highest mountain in Albania and forms alongside the Deshat Mountain the eastern of border of Dibër Municipality. Lurë-Dejë National Park sprawls in the remote mountainous west of the area with Korab-Koritnik Nature Park extending in the east.
Despite the municipality's proximity to North Macedonia, Dibër's ethnic make-up is relatively homogeneous, but there is a small Macedonian minority living in the villages around Maqellarë. Unlike the Macedonians who live around Lake Prespa, Macedonians in Dibër have no linguistic rights and no autonomous subdivisions. There has been an active campaign to change this situation for almost ten years.
Almost 90 percent of the population are Muslim, while the Macedonian minority is Orthodox. The Khalwati order has a khanqah in the village of Herbel, while Allajbegi's Mosque in Maqellarë is a recognised cultural monument.
Albanians and Macedonians in the area often have relatives in North Macedonia, so there is a lot of interaction across the national border. Like all the rural municipalities of Albania, Dibër is heavily effected by emigration.
- The municipality of Dibër consists of the administrative units of Arras, Fushë-Çidhën, Kala e Dodës, Kastriot, Lurë, Luzni, Maqellarë, Melan, Muhurr, Selishtë, Sllovë, Tomin, Zall-Dardhë, Zall-Reç and Peshkopi. The population of the municipality results from the sum of the listed administrative units in the former as of the 2011 Albanian census.
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- dibra.gov.al – Official Website (in Albanian)