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This article is about the municipality in Elbasan County. For the village in Lezhë municipality, see Gramsh, Lezhë.
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Gramsh is located in Albania
Coordinates: 40°52′N 20°11′E / 40.867°N 20.183°E / 40.867; 20.183Coordinates: 40°52′N 20°11′E / 40.867°N 20.183°E / 40.867; 20.183
Country  Albania
County Elbasan
 • Mayor Luljeta Dollani (SP)
 • Municipality 739.22 km2 (285.41 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Municipality 24,231
 • Municipality density 33/km2 (85/sq mi)
 • Administrative unit 8,440
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 3301
Area code 0513
Vehicle registration GR

Gramsh (definite Albanian form: Gramshi) is a town and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. The municipality was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Gramsh, Kodovjat, Kukur, Kushovë, Lenie, Pishaj, Poroçan, Skënderbegas, Sult and Tunjë, that became municipal units. The seat of the municipality is the town Gramsh.[1] The total population is 24,231 (2011 census), in a total area of 739.22 km2.[2] The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 8,440.[3]

The town is connected with Elbasan, Korça, Pogradec, Skrapar, Librazhd and Berat. The town is crossed by the river Devoll.


During the Ottoman period and before the Albanian Declaration of Independence in 1912, it was known as Grameç in Turkish.[4]


Gramsh has been inhabited since ancient times, as is confirmed by archaeological findings in the Tumulus of Cëruja.
In the Middle Ages, the area was under the possession of Prince George Arianiti. During Ottoman rule, it was a kaza administrative division within the Sanjak of Elbasan of the Monastir Vilayet.[4]
From 1912 until 1947, this was the center of Gramsh area. With the new administrative division, it became the center of Gramsh district, in which were placed various state institutions. Gramsh was declared a city on July 10, 1960. Since 1965, it has been a municipality.


The city was home of one of the main military weaponry factories during the communist era. Devolli Hydro Power started in 1980, but was left between work due to the death of communist leader Enver Hoxha, and the beginning of a Transitional period until the 1990s that culminated in the overthrow of that system.
On October 2013, it was reported that the municipality debt was high and the municipality was close to bankruptcy.[5]


The football (soccer) club is KF Gramshi.

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