Mallakastër

Mallakastër (definite Albanian form: Mallakastra) is a region and a municipality in Fier County, southwestern Albania. It was created in 2015 by the merger of the present municipalities Aranitas, Ballsh, Fratar, Greshicë, Hekal, Kutë, Ngraçan, Qendër Dukas and Selitë. The seat of the municipality is the town Ballsh.[1] The total population is 27,062 (2011 census),[2] in a total area of 329.37 km2.[3] It is coterminous with the former Mallakastër District.

Mallakastër
Mallakastra.jpg
Official logo of Mallakastër
Mallakastër is located in Albania
Mallakastër
Mallakastër
Coordinates: 40°36′N 19°44′E / 40.600°N 19.733°E / 40.600; 19.733
Country Albania
CountyFier
Government
 • MayorQerim Ismailaj (PS)
Area
 • Municipality329.37 km2 (127.17 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
 • Municipality
27,062
 • Municipality density82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal Code
9308
Area Code(0)313
WebsiteOfficial Website

NameEdit

The municipality takes its name from the Mallakastër hills.

GeographyEdit

The landscape consists of fields alternated with low hills. Their highest point is the hill Shëndëlli (712 m),[4] not to be confused with the much higher Mount Shëndelli further south.

PopulationEdit

The people from this region are called Mallakastriotë. The population is Muslim and Orthodox Christian. The region is a center of both the Bektashi order and the Halveti order (to a lesser extent). The region is known for its cultural traditions and has produced many brave fighters including Rrapo Hekali.

EconomyEdit

Mallakastër is an industrially important region for Albania since it has reserves of natural gas and oil which make area a center of oil production and refining in Albania. Mallakastër is also known for its agriculture which produces a large variety of products.

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Law nr. 115/2014" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-03-20.
  2. ^ "Population and housing census - Fier 2011" (PDF). INSTAT. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  3. ^ "Correspondence table LAU – NUTS 2016, EU-28 and EFTA / available Candidate Countries" (XLS). Eurostat. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  4. ^ Soviet military map K-34-124-Б (1:50,000)