Administrative divisions of Albania

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Albania is divided into 12 administrative counties (Albanian: qark or prefekturë). These counties were further divided in 36 districts (Albanian: rreth) which became defunct in 2000.[1] These counties are divided into 373 municipalities (Albanian: bashki or komunë). 72 municipalities have city status (Albanian: qytet). There are overall 2980 villages/communities (Albanian: fshat) in all Albania, formerly known as localities (Albanian: lokalitete). Recently, the government introduced a new administrative division to be implemented in 2015 whereby municipalities are reduced to 61 in total, while rural ones called komuna are abolished.[2]

Overview[edit]

Albanian English Quantity Status Note Main article
prefekturë prefecture 10 defunct Introduced ca. 1925 Prefectures of Albania
qark county 12 active Listed in ISO 3166-2:AL Counties of Albania
rrethe district 36 defunct Listed in ISO 3166-2:AL Districts of Albania
bashki municipality 65 active urban Municipalities of Albania
komunë commune 309 active rural Municipalities of Albania
qytet city 72
fshat village 2980
lokalitete locality defunct
njësi bashkiake, lagje or rajone municipal unit

Administrative divisions[edit]

Counties of Albania

Each district has its council which is composed of a number of municipalities. The municipalities are the first level of local governance, responsible for local needs and law enforcement.[3]

County Capital Districts Municipalities Cities Villages
Central Albania
4 Elbasan Elbasan Elbasan
Gramsh
Librazhd
Peqin
20
9
9
5
3
1
2
1
177
95
75
49
11 Tirana Tirana Kavajë
Tirana
8
16
2
3
66
167
North Albania
2 Dibër Peshkopi Bulqizë
Dibër
Mat
7
14
10
1
1
2
63
141
76
3 Durrës Durrës Durrës
Krujë
6
4
4
2
62
44
8 Kukës Kukës Has
Kukës
Tropojë
3
14
7
1
1
1
30
89
68
9 Lezhë Lezhë Kurbin
Lezhë
Mirditë
4
9
5
3
1
2
26
62
80
10 Shkodër Shkodër Malësi e Madhe
Pukë
Shkodër
5
8
15
1
2
2
56
75
141
South Albania
1 Berat Berat Berat
Kuçovë
Skrapar
10
2
8
2
1
2
122
18
105
5 Fier Fier Fier
Lushnjë
Mallakastër
14
14
8
3
2
1
117
121
40
6 Gjirokastër Gjirokastër Gjirokastër
Përmet
Tepelenë
11
7
8
2
2
2
96
98
77
7 Korçë Korçë Devoll
Kolonjë
Korçë
Pogradec
4
6
14
7
1
2
2
1
44
76
153
72
12 Vlorë Vlorë Delvinë
Sarandë
Vlorë
3
7
9
1
2
4
38
62
99

Counties[edit]

Albania is divided into twelve counties (Albanian: qarku, sing. qark (official term); but often prefektura, sing. prefekturë, sometimes translated as prefecture). Each contained several districts (sometimes described as subprefectures). The current administration divisions were put into effect in 1938.

Counties of Albania
Color County Capital Population
(2011 census)
Area
(km²)[4]
Density Districts NUTS
region
Notes
Berat Berat 141,944 1,798 159 Berat
Kuçovë
Skrapar
South
Dibër Peshkopi 140,002 2,507 58 Bulqizë
Dibër
Mat
North
Durrës Durrës 262,785 766 367 Durrës
Krujë
North
Elbasan Elbasan 295,827 3,199 105 Elbasan
Gramsh
Librazhd
Peqin
Central
Fier Fier 310,331 1,890 198 Fier
Lushnjë
Mallakastër
South
Gjirokastër Gjirokastër 72,176 2,884 36 Gjirokastër
Përmet
Tepelenë
South
Korçë Korçë 220,357 3,711 69 Devoll
Kolonjë
Korçë
Pogradec
South
Kukës Kukës 85,292 2,374 33 Has
Kukës
Tropojë
North
Lezhë Lezhë 134,027 1,620 100 Kurbin
Lezhë
Mirditë
North
Shkodër Shkodër 215,347 3,562 69 Malësi e Madhe
Pukë
Shkodër
North
Tirana Tirana 749,365 1,652 491 Kavajë
Tirana
Central
Vlorë Vlorë 175,640 2,706 67 Delvinë
Sarandë
Vlorë
South

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