Gjirokastër County

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Gjirokastër County
Qarku Gjirokastër
Vjosë River
Vjosë River
Official seal of Gjirokastër County
Location of Gjirokastër County within Albania.
Location of Gjirokastër County within Albania.
Country  Albania
Municipalities 7
Villages 268
Established 2000
County Seat Gjirokastër
 • Council Chairman Armand Hilaj
 • Total 2,884 km2 (1,114 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 72,176
 • Density 25/km2 (65/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
NUTS Code AL033

Gjirokastër County (Albanian: Qarku i Gjirokastrës) is one of the 12 counties of Albania. The population at the 2011 census was 72,176, in an area of 2884 km².[1] Its capital is the city Gjirokastër.

Administrative divisions[edit]

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.[2] Before 2015, it consisted of the following 32 municipalities:

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.[3][4] 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, Egyptians[1]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b 2011 census results
  2. ^ Law nr. 115/2014
  3. ^ http://mondediplo.com/maps/albanianmdv1999 The Albanians, a scattered people by Philippe Rekacewicz, Le Monde diplomatique, January 1999
  4. ^ "Country Studies US: Greeks and Other Minorities". Retrieved September 6, 2006. 

Further Reading[edit]

  • Kallivretakis, Leonidas (1995). "Η ελληνική κοινότητα της Αλβανίας υπό το πρίσμα της ιστορικής γεωγραφίας και δημογραφίας [The Greek Community of Albania in terms of historical geography and demography]". In Veremis, Thanos. Ο Ελληνισμός της Αλβανίας [The Greeks of Albania]. University of Athens. pp. 25–58. ISBN 9600800545. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°10′N 20°10′E / 40.167°N 20.167°E / 40.167; 20.167