Korçë County

Korçë County (Albanian: Qarku Korçë), officially the County of Korçë (Albanian: Qarku i Korçës), is a county in the Southern Region of the Republic of Albania. It is the largest by area and the seventh most populous of the twelve counties, with more than 204,000 people within an area of 3,711 km2 (1,433 sq mi). The county borders on North Macedonia to the northeast and Greece to the southeast, the counties of Elbasan to the northwest, Berat to the west and Gjirokastër to the southwest. It is divided into six municipalities, Korçë, Devoll, Kolonjë, Maliq, Pogradec and Pustec, with all of whom incorporate thirty-seven administrative units.

County of Korçë
  • Qarku i Korçës
Flag of Korçë County
Stema e Qarkut Korçë.svg
Map of the Republic of Albania with Korçë highlighted
Map of the Republic of Albania with Korçë highlighted
Coordinates: 40°40′N 20°48′E / 40.667°N 20.800°E / 40.667; 20.800Coordinates: 40°40′N 20°48′E / 40.667°N 20.800°E / 40.667; 20.800
CountryAlbania
RegionSouthern Albania
Municipalities
Units
CapitalKorçë
Government
 • TypeCouncil
 • ChairmanAna Verushi (PS)
Area
 • Total3,711 km2 (1,433 sq mi)
Area rank1st
Population
 (2020)
 • Total204,831
 • Rank5th
 • Density55/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
NUTS CodeAL034
HDI (2018)0.779
high · 7th
Websitekorcaregion.com

GeographyEdit

Protected areasEdit

The Ministry of Tourism and Environment manages numerous natural sites and protected areas in Korçë County.[1] In conjunction with numerous national natural sites and areas, the National Agency of Protected Areas has the Fir of Drenovë National Park and Prespa National Park under its administration. The UNESCO Ohrid-Prespa Transboundary Biosphere Reserve is also encompassed in the county.

DemographicsEdit

Most of the region's inhabitants are ethnic Albanians, but there are also important communities of Greeks (especially in the South), Macedonians (especially in the East), Aromanians (more concentrated in Western parts) and Roma. With regards to religion, the region is home to a large Muslim majority (many of whom are Bektashis) and a significant Orthodox Christian minority. According to the last national census from 2011, the county has 220,357 inhabitants. Ethnic groups in the county include Albanians, Greeks, Macedonians, Montenegrins, Aromanians, Romani, Egyptians.

Religion in Korçë County (2011 census)
religion percent
Muslim
58.98%
Orthodox
16.25%
Prefer not to answer
10.25%
believers without denomination
8.38%
atheist
3.61%
Not relevant/not stated
2.29%
Bektashi
2.07%
Catholic
1.13%
Evangelist or Protestant
0.08%
Other Christian
0.06%
Others
0.01%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Databazë e Burimeve Turistike–Qarku Korçë" (PDF) (in Albanian). Ministria e Turizmit dhe Mjedisit. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 September 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2020.