|Subdivisions||7 municipalities, 268 towns and villages|
|• Council chairman||Armand Hilaj|
|• Total||2,884 km2 (1,114 sq mi)|
|• Density||24/km2 (63/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Until 2000, Gjirokastër County was subdivided into three districts: Gjirokastër, Përmet, and Tepelenë. Since the 2015 local government reform, the county consists of the following 7 municipalities: Dropull, Gjirokastër, Këlcyrë, Libohovë, Memaliaj, Përmet and Tepelenë. Before 2015, it consisted of the following 32 municipalities:
- Dropull i Poshtëm
- Dropull i Sipërm
- Fshat Memaliaj
- Qendër Libohovë
- Qendër Piskovë
- Qendër Tepelenë
The municipalities consist of about 270 towns and villages in total. See Villages of Gjirokastër County for a structured list.
Its population includes a substantial Greek minority which in several places becomes a majority. According to the last national census from 2011 this county has 72,176 inhabitants. Ethnic groups in the county include Albanians, Greeks, Montenegrins, Aromanians, Romani, Balkan Egyptians
According to the 2011 census Islam is by far the largest religion in the county, forming 38.54% of the total population (27,815 people). There are also some Bektashi Muslims with 8.48% (6,118 people), 7.15% percent consisting of believers without a denomination (22,186 people) and Christians forming 19.65% of the county's population (Orthodox (17.43%) (15,295 people), Evangelists (0.08% (59 people) (and Roman Catholics) (2.07%) (1,493 people).
Demographics history of Permet district
- 1921: A 1921[verification needed] document has the population divided by 12,780 Orthodox and 12,173 Muslims, a total of 25,043. Greek was spoken as a first language in few parts of the district. The northern part of the kaza was inhabited by Muslims.
- 1918–19: According to Greece Before the Conference (1919), the kaza (Ottoman district) of Premeti had 15,138 Muslims, 10,823 Greeks, 888 Others; a total of 26,849.
- 1913: According to Mary Edith Durham, writing on 3 September 1913, the district of "Premeti" was "purely Albanian".
- 1904: According to German state archives, in 1904, the district of Premeti had 8,000 inhabitants, all Albanians, divided by 5,000 Muslims and 3,000 Christians.
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