|Subdivisions||3 municipalities, 114 towns and villages|
|• Council chairman||Alfred Mullaraj|
|• Total||766 km2 (296 sq mi)|
|• Density||360/km2 (940/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
The historical city of Krujë is the second largest city in Durrës County.
Durrës County is located in the North-Western part of Albania. It borders to the sea Adriatic Sea in the west. The climate is generally Mediterranean but varies by local topography. There are diverse microclimates in the county. Summers are dry while heavy rains are experienced during the winter.
The city of Krujë is found at an altitude of 600 m (1,969 ft) on the foot of Mount Krujë (Albanian: Mali i Krujës) of the Krujë Gorge, while south and west of the town is found the plain of the Ishëm River. The town is located in the northern part of the outer Albanides tectonic unit, which consists of anticlines of Mesozoic carbonate platforms.
The Ishëm is the biggest river in Durrës County, it brings water to the area north of the Albanian capital, Tirana. It forms part of a watercourse (Tiranë - Gjole - Ishëm), but only the lower third of the watercourse is known as the Ishëm. Durres plain is divided by Tirana by long range of hills known as the Kodra e Gjatë to the east of the port city.
As of 2009, there are 13 representatives of Durrës County with setas in the Parliament of Albania out of 140.
Until 2000, Durrës County was subdivided into two districts: Durrës, and Krujë. Since the 2015 local government reform, the county consists of the following 3 municipalities: Durrës, Krujë and Shijak. Before 2015, it consisted of the following 16 municipalities:
The municipalities consist of about 115 towns and villages in total. See Villages of Durrës County for a structured list.
According to the last national census from 2011 this county has 262,785 inhabitants. Ethnic groups in the county include:
Islam is by far the largest religion in the county, forming 67.46% of the total population (177,274 people). There are also some Bektashi Muslims with 1.60% (4,215 people), 3.47% percent consisting of believers without a denomination (9,131 people) and Christians forming 4.53% of the county's population (Orthodox (3.30%) (8,675 people), Evangelists (0.12% (325 people) (and Roman Catholics) (1.15%) (3,022 people).
The city of Durrës remains a major seaport and commercial centre, with a significant fishing and industrial sector. Durrës County has grown in importance in agriculture with very large-scale planting of olive and fruit trees, and the city has become center of the food processing and oil export industries. Tourism has become a major industry in recent years, with many hotels, recreational centers, and vast beaches.
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