Bilisht

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Bilisht
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Bilisht is located in Albania
Bilisht
Bilisht
Coordinates: 40°37′39″N 20°59′24″E / 40.62750°N 20.99000°E / 40.62750; 20.99000Coordinates: 40°37′39″N 20°59′24″E / 40.62750°N 20.99000°E / 40.62750; 20.99000
Country Albania
County Korçë County
District Devoll District
Government
 • Mayor Valter Miza
Elevation 922 m (3,025 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 8,319
Time zone Central European Time (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 7006
Area code(s) 0811
Car Plates DV
Website [1]

Bilisht (Macedonian: Билишта, Bilišta) is a city of about 12,000 people. It is the local capital of Devoll District, south-eastern Albania. The city is 9 km from the border with Greece at Kapshticë. The closest Greek town across the border is Krystallopigi in the Florina regional unit. Bilisht is at about 800–850 meters above the sea level and has a continental climate with cool summers and cold winters. The football club is Bilisht Sporti.

History[edit]

The Treaty of San Stefano nearly put Bilisht and the entire Devoll area in Bulgarian territory, but, due to being superseded by the Treaty of Berlin, the town remained within the Ottoman Empire.

In 1911, the town was recorded as having 106 Bulgarian residents.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Bilisht is home to an Albanian majority and a Macedonian minority. At the 2011 Albanian local elections, the Macedonian minority succeeded in electing one councilor to the 17-member city council.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trajchev, Georgi. Български селища в днешна Албания, в: Отецъ Паисий, 15-31 юли 1929 година, стр.213.
  2. ^ "List of elected councilors (2011 local elections of Albania)" (in Albanian). Central Election Commission of Albania. 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 

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