Qarku i Dibrës
Location of Dibër County within Albania.
|Number of Districts||3|
|• Total||2,586 km2 (998 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|• Density||53/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||AL-09|
Dibër is known for its resistance against the Turks. Historical Dibër included parts of Albania and Macedonia. This division is a result of a claim by the former Yugoslavia on what is now the Macedonian half of Dibër in a 1913 international conference in London. and creation of modern state of Albania by western powers.
Dibër has been the battlefield of Turkish and other Balkan wars for centuries. Its river, Drini i Zi (Albanian: Black River), was colored red with blood several times, which is a possible etymology for the name. Dibër has several interesting places to visit, such as the seven lakes of Lura and the Drin valley. It is the location of the town of Kastriot, traditionally thought to be the birthplace of the Albanian national hero George Kastrioti Skanderbeg and the great man Hasan Moglica.
Dibër's eastern border is with the Republic of Macedonia. Domestically, it borders the following counties:
|Bulqizë District||Bulqizë||28,374||695||Bulqizë, Fushë-Bulqizë, Gjoricë, Martanesh, Ostren, Shupenzë, Trebisht, Zerqan|
|Dibër District||Peshkopi||62,825||970||Arras, Fushë-Çidhën, Kala e Dodës, Kastriot, Lurë, Luzni, Maqellarë, Melan, Muhurr, Peshkopi, Qendër Tomin, Selishtë, Sllovë, Zall-Dardhë, Zall-Reç|
|Mat District||Burrel||48,803||828||Baz, Burrel, Derjan, Gurrë, Klos, Komsi, Lis, Macukull, Rukaj, Suç, Ulëz, Xibër|
According to the last national census from 2011 this county has 137,047 inhabitants.
Ethnic groups in the county include:
- Albanians = 124,897 (91.13%)
- Greeks = 20 (0.01%)
- Gypsieskopians = 19 (0.01%)
- Aromanians = 28 (0.02%)
- Romani = 92 (0,07%)
- Egyptians = 97 (0,07%)
- "POPULLSIA SIPAS RRETHEVE, 2001-2010". Albanian Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 2010-09-09.
- Census Data - Tab. 1.1.12 Resident population by ethnic and cultural affiliation
- Regional Council of Diber
- David Levene. Albania's chestnut, cheese and pasta workers. The Guardian, 1 January 2013