Mallakastër

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Mallakastër
Mallakastra.jpg
Official logo of Mallakastër
Emblem
Mallakastër is located in Albania
Mallakastër
Mallakastër
Coordinates: 40°36′N 19°44′E / 40.600°N 19.733°E / 40.600; 19.733
Country Albania
CountyALB Qarku i Fierit COA.png Fier
Government
 • MayorAgron Kapllanaj (PD)
Area
 • Municipality329.19 km2 (127.10 sq mi)
Population
(2011)
 • Municipality
27,062
 • Municipality density82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal Code
9308
Area Code(0)313
Vehicle registrationAL
WebsiteOfficial Website

Mallakastër (definite Albanian form: Mallakastra) is a region and a municipality in Fier County, southwestern Albania. It was created in 2015 by the merger of the present municipalities Aranitas, Ballsh, Fratar, Greshicë, Hekal, Kutë, Ngraçan, Qendër Dukas and Selitë. The seat of the municipality is the town Ballsh.[1] The total population is 27,062 (2011 census), in a total area of 329.19 km2.[2] It is coterminous with the former Mallakastër District.

Name[edit]

The municipality takes its name from the Mallakastër hills.

Geography[edit]

The landscape consists of fields alternated with low hills. Their highest point is the hill Shëndëlli (712 m).[3]

Population[edit]

The people from this region are called Mallakastriotë. The population is Muslim and Christian. The region is a center of both the Bektashi order and the Halveti order (to a lesser extent). The region is known for its cultural traditions and has produced many brave fighters including Rrapo Hekali.

Economy[edit]

Mallakastër is an industrially important region for Albania since it has reserves of natural gas and oil which make area a center of oil production and refining in Albania. Mallakastër is also known for its agriculture which produces a large variety of products.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Law nr. 115/2014[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Interactive map administrative territorial reform". Archived from the original on 2017-01-12. Retrieved 2017-08-27.
  3. ^ Soviet military map К-34-124-Б (1:50.000)