Districts of Albania
Districts (Albanian: rrethe) were geographic subdivisions of Albania that functioned from 1913-2000. Between 1991 and 2000 Albania was divided into 36 districts, which were grouped into 12 prefectures or counties.
On 31 July 2000, as per Law No. 8653, the districts were abolished as administrative units, being replaced by 12 newly formed counties (qark) as the second level of administrative division in Albania.
During the 1920s Albania had 39 districts and then 26 in 1939. From 1959 to 1991 Albania was organized into 26 districts. In 1991 ten more districts were added: Bulqizë (previously under Dibër), Delvinë (Vlorë), Devoll (Korçë), Has (Kukës), Kavajë (Durrës), Kuçovë (Berat), Kurbin (Krujë), Malësi e Madhe (Shkodër), Mallakastër (Fier) and Peqin (Elbasan). In 1978, Ersekë District was renamed to Kolonjë. In 2000, districts became defunct and were replaced by counties.
Alphabetical list of the 26 districts in place from 1959-1991:
Berat, Dibër, Durrës, Elbasan, Fier, Gjirokastër, Gramsh, Kolonjë, Korçë, Krujë, Kukës, Lezhë, Librazhd, Lushnjë, Mat, Mirditë, Përmet, Pogradec, Pukë, Sarandë, Shkodër, Skrapar, Tepelenë, Tirana, Tropojë, Vlorë
- A Brief History of the Administrative-territorial Organization in Albania Archived 2017-06-09 at the Wayback Machine, Ministry of State for Local Issues
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