Memaliaj

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Memaliaj
Memaliaj (Albania).jpg
Official logo of Memaliaj
Emblem
Memaliaj is located in Albania
Memaliaj
Memaliaj
Coordinates: 40°21′N 19°59′E / 40.350°N 19.983°E / 40.350; 19.983
Country Albania
CountyStema e Qarkut Gjirokastër.svg Gjirokastër
Government
 • MayorDurim Rroshi (PS)
Area
 • Municipality372.07 km2 (143.66 sq mi)
Elevation
130 m (430 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Municipality
10,657
 • Municipality density29/km2 (74/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
2,647
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal Code
6302
Area Code(0)885
Vehicle registrationAL
WebsiteOfficial Website

Memaliaj is a town and a municipality in Gjirokastër County, southern Albania. It was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Buz, Krahës, Luftinjë, Memaliaj, Memaliaj Fshat and Qesarat, that became municipal units. The seat of the municipality is the town Memaliaj.[1] The total population is 10,657 (2011 census), in a total area of 372.07 km2.[2] The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 2,647.[3]

A small industrial town was established here in 1946 to support the mining activity in the area. In 1990 the production of coal was around 500,000 tons per year. After the fall of communism and introduction of a free market economy the mine closed as the town fell into economic stagnation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Law nr. 115/2014" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-09-24.
  2. ^ "Interactive map administrative territorial reform". Archived from the original on 2017-01-12. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  3. ^ 2011 census results Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine