|• Mayor||Besnik Dushaj (PD)|
|• Municipality||1,057.30 km2 (408.23 sq mi)|
|• Municipality density||19/km2 (50/sq mi)|
|• Administrative Unit||4,117|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Tropojë (definite Albanian form: Tropoja) is a municipality in Kukës County, northern Albania, near the border with Kosovo.[a] It was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Bajram Curri, Bujan, Bytyç, Fierzë, Lekbibaj, Llugaj, Margegaj and Tropojë, that became municipal units. The seat of the municipality is the town Bajram Curri. The total population is 20,517 (2011 census), in a total area of 1057.30 km2. The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 4,117. The non-navigable Valbonë River flows through the municipality.
Archaeological evidence found in the area, such as castles or tumuli show that the area was populated since the ancient time. The region lies in the geographical span of the Dardanii tribes.
Tropojë (today's Bajram Curri) was founded by the Berisha tribe and was the center of the commercial trade from the east (Kosovo Vilayet) to the west (Scutari Vilayet) in order to get imported products from the Adriatic Sea. One of the principal trade commodities was salt, which was exchanged for agricultural products. Having this geographical importance, Tropojë was the center of the former highlands of the famous and old city of Gjakova. Tropojë e Vjetër is also the name of a pass, which goes through the mountains, where the people from all over this region go during the summer to relax, and to have access in the green fields with their cattle. In modern times, these highlands attract tourists, especially those from Europe and Israel.
The population of the commune is officially listed at 5,606 inhabitants;[when?] however, this figure includes many inhabitants who have emigrated from the area but still keep their original registration. A large number of Tropojans have moved to Tirana and are employed by state institutions, while still retaining their registration in Tropojë. The city of Kamëz is a popular location for many emigrants from the commune. The locals belong to the Ghegs, an ethnographic group of Albanians living in the northern parts. Although most Gheg Muslims are Sunni, there is a notable presence of Sufi Halveti structures clustered in Tropojë, as well as one in the nearby town of Shoshan in the eastern part of the neighboring Margegaj commune. There is also a small Catholic minority.
Within Albania, the Tropojë district has had a long reputation as one of the wildest and most conservative regions in Albania, virtually out of control of every government in Tirana, whether royalist, communist, or republican.
Tropojë has many agricultural products and is famous for its chestnuts, apples, nuts, grapes, and especially blueberries.
Large reserves of platinum, rhodium, ruthenium, palladium, iridium, and osmium have been discovered in Tropojë. Albanian, Italian, and Chinese engineers, working for Albanian Minerals and Bytyci ShPK in Tropojë, suggest the area may have more than 500 million tons of chrome ore and more than two billion tons of olivine in which platinum is 5-7 grams present per ton. This gigantic body of ore is one of the largest in the world.
According to official statistics from the commune of Tropojë, only 23% of the communes 266 km2 have been registered.
- Tropojë is mentioned in the 2008 film Taken, starring Liam Neeson, in which members of the Albanian Mafia come from the town. The municipality is also mentioned in the film's sequel Taken 2.
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- Sali Berisha, Prime Minister of Albania.
- Azem Hajdari, leader of student movement 1990-1991, politician.
- Zhaneta Byberi, Miss Universe Albania 2014
- Erjon Dollapi, professional rugby league footballer.
- Skënder Gega, international footballer and coach.
- Fatime Sokoli, folk music singer, artist.
- Gëzim Nika, traditional music singer.
- Soni Malaj, singer.
- Besnik Mustafaj, writer, diplomat.
- Mic Sokoli, patriot, guerilla fighter.
- Bajram Curri, chieftain, politician, guerilla fighter, posthumously given the title Hero of Albania.
- Haxhi Zeka, commander, nationalist, member of League of Prizren and leader of League of Peja.
- Binak Alia, leader, participant of Albanian Revolt of 1845.
- Zeqir Elezi, or known as Shpend Dragobia, Kosovo's delegate to Vlora assembly in 1912.
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