Fier County (Albanian pronunciation: [fieɽ]; Albanian: Qarku Fier), officially the County of Fier (Albanian: Qarku i Fierit), is a county in the Southern Region of the Republic of Albania. It is the eighth largest by area and the third most populous of the twelve counties, with more than 286,000 people within an area of 1,890 km2 (730 sq mi). The county borders on the Adriatic Sea to the west, the counties of Tirana to the north, Elbasan to the northeast, Berat to the east and Vlorë to the south, Gjirokastër Country to the sud east. It is divided into six municipalities, Fier, Divjakë, Lushnjë, Mallakastër, Patos and Roskovec, with all of whom incorporate forty-two administrative units.[2]

Fier County
Qarku i Fierit  (Albanian)
Fier from the air
Fier from the air
Official logo of Fier County
Map of Albania with Fier County highlighted
Map of Albania with Fier County highlighted
Coordinates: 40°45′N 19°35′E / 40.750°N 19.583°E / 40.750; 19.583Coordinates: 40°45′N 19°35′E / 40.750°N 19.583°E / 40.750; 19.583
Country Albania
SeatFier
Subdivisions
Government
 • Council chairmanVangjel Ndreka (PS)
Area
 • Total1,890 km2 (730 sq mi)
 • Rank8th
Population
 (2021[1])
 • Total286,002
 • Rank3rd
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
HDI (2018)0.765
high · 10th
NUTS CodeAL032
WebsiteOfficial Website

GeographyEdit

Until 2000, Fier County was subdivided into three districts: Fier, Lushnjë, and Mallakastër. Before 2015, it consisted of 42 municipalities.[2]

DemographyEdit

According to the last national census from 2011, Fier County had 310,331 inhabitants. Ethnic groups in the county include:[3]

Islam is by far the largest religion in the county, forming 48.52% of the total population (150,559 people). There are also some Bektashi Muslims with 1.01% (3,137 people), 7.15% percent consisting of believers without a denomination (22,186 people) and Christians forming 15.91% of the county's population (Orthodox (13.76%) (42,993 people), Evangelists (0.11% (331 people) (and Roman Catholics) (1.98%) (6,149 people).

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Population on 1st January by prefecture and sex" (PDF). INSTAT. 7 May 2021. p. 6.
  2. ^ a b "Law nr. 115/2014" (PDF) (in Albanian). p. 6370. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  3. ^ "2011 census results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-05-25.