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Tirana (Albanian: Tiranë or Tirana) is the capital and the largest city of Albania. Modern Tirana was founded as an Ottoman town in 1614 by Sulejman Bargjini, a local ruler from Mullet, although the area has been continuously inhabited since antiquity. Tirana became Albania's capital city in 1920 and now it has a population of more than 600,000. The city is home to many universities and is the center of the political, economical, and cultural life of the country.

The Municipality of Tirana lies on the river Ishëm, about 32 kilometers (20 mi) inland and is located at (41.33°N, 19.82°E) in Tirana District, Tirana County. Tirana's average altitude is 110 meters (360 ft) above sea level and its highest point measures 1,828 m (5,997.38 ft) at Mali me Gropa. The city is on the same parallel as Naples, Madrid and Istanbul and on the same meridian as Budapest and Krakow. In addition to Ishëm, the Tiranë river also runs through the city, whereas the Lanë river, that runs through much of the city, is a brook. The city also contains a total of four artificial lakes: the Tirana Artificial Lake around which was built the Big Park, the Kodër-Kamëz Lake, Farka Lake, and Tufina Lake.

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KF Tirana (Albanian: Klubi i Futbollit Tirana, in English Football club Tirana) is the most successful Albanian football club. It is also the most popular football club in the country with a considerable number of supporters. KF Tirana team plays its home games in the capital of Albania, Tirana, at the Selman Stërmasi stadium or at the Qemal Stafa stadium. The club was founded on August 16, 1920 under the name of "Agimi Sports Association". In 1927 the club was renamed to SK Tirana (Albanian: Sportklub Tirana), in 1947, to "17 Nëntori Tirana", from 1952 to 1956 to "Puna Tirana", and in 1991 the club was renamed KF Tirana. Tirana won its first title of Albanian champions in the first Albanian Football Championship. KF Tirana is also the only club in Albania to have played all the championships of the Albanian Superliga since 1930 and all the Albanian Cups started in 1938. The club participated in a European cup competition in 1965-66 for the first time. The club also has women's football team called Tirana AS who have won both of the official organised events held so far in Albania. They also have a futsal called Futsal Klub Tirana who have won the Albanian Mini-Football Championship 5 times out of a possible 7, and they have competed in the UEFA Futsal Cup on four occasions.

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Inva Mula (born 1963) is an Albanian opera soprano. She comes from an artistic family. She began her soprano career at a very early age. Her father, Avni Mula, is a famous Albanian singer and composer, born in Đakovica, a city in Kosovo. Her first name, Inva, is formed from taking her father's name, Avni, and reading it backwards.

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Ministry of Transport in the early 1990s
Author: Decius

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