Korçë County

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Korçë County
Qarku Korçë
County
Borova memorial commemorating the massacre of German Wehrmacht in the 2nd World War
Borova memorial commemorating the massacre of German Wehrmacht in the 2nd World War
Official seal of Korçë County
Seal
Location of Korçë County within Albania.
Location of Korçë County within Albania.
Country  Albania
Municipalities 6
Villages 336
Established 2000
County Seat Korçë
Government
 • Council Chairwoman Ana Verushi
Area
 • Total 3,711 km2 (1,433 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 221,706[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
NUTS Code AL034
Website Official Website

Korçë County (Albanian: Qarku i Korçës) is one of the 12 counties of Albania, located in the eastern part of the country. The population at the 2011 census was 220,357, in an area of 3711 km².[2] It is the largest county of Albania by area. Its capital is the city Korçë.

Topography[edit]

Mountain Gramos

Topographically, most of Korçë County is elevated, including the Gramos range, which forms the connection between the Scardus to the north and the Pindus range to the south.

Borders[edit]

Korçë's eastern border is also Albania's eastern border, as the county borders the Republic of Macedonia to the northeast and Greece to the southeast. Domestically, it borders on Gjirokastër County (southwest). Berat County (west) and Elbasan County (northwest).

People[edit]

Most of the region's inhabitants are ethnic Albanians, but there are also important communities of Greeks (especially in the South), Macedonians (especially in the East), Aromanians (more concentrated in Western parts) and Roma. With regards to religion, the region hosts large concentrations of both Muslims (many of whom are Bektashis) and Orthodox Christians. According to the last national census from 2011, the county has 220,357 inhabitants. Ethnic groups in the county include Albanians, Greeks, Macedonians, Montenegrins, Aromanians, Romani, Egyptians.[2]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Until 2000, Korçë County was subdivided into four districts: Devoll, Kolonjë, Korçë, and Pogradec. Since the 2015 local government reform, the county consists of the following 6 municipalities: Devoll, Kolonjë, Korçë, Maliq, Pogradec and Pustec.[3] Before 2015, it consisted of the following 37 municipalities:

The municipalities consist of about 340 towns and villages in total. See Villages of Korçë County for a structured list.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Popullsia e Shqipërisë" (PDF). instat.gov.al (in Albanian). 19 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b 2011 census results
  3. ^ Law nr. 115/2014

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°35′N 20°40′E / 40.583°N 20.667°E / 40.583; 20.667