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Pustec (Albania)
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Coordinates: 40 ° 47 '  N , 20 ° 54'  E

Basic data
Qark : Korça
Municipality : Pustec
Height : 870  m above sea level A.
Area : 198.68 km²
Bashkia residents : 3290 (2011)
Population density (Bashkia): 17 inhabitants / km²
Postal code : 7020
Politics and administration (as of 2019 )
Mayor : Pali Kolefski ( PS )
Website :
View to the east over Pustec and the Prespa lake (2010)

View to the east over Pustec and the Prespa lake (2010)

Pustec ( Macedonian Пустец , Albanian  Liqenas or Liqenasi ) is a village with 3290 inhabitants (as of 2011) on Lake Prespa in Korça Qark in southeastern Albania . It is the capital of the Bashkia of the same name , to which eight other villages belong. The majority of the population consists of Macedonians who profess the Orthodox faith .


Pustec is located in a small plateau southwest of the (large) Prespa lake . Because of the mostly marshy lake shore, the village is a bit away from the water.

The municipality begins at 1099  m above sea level. A. high-altitude Zvezda pass , which is the only access from the Albanian side. It extends along the lake shore on the east side of Mali i Thatë ( 2287  m above sea level ) to the North Macedonian border, where there is a border crossing between Kallamas and the Macedonian town of Resen . The territory of the municipality of Pustec completely coincides with the Albanian part of the Prespa National Park .


The Orthodox parish church, built between 2004 and 2007, is located in the center of Pustec. Until the end of the 1960s, the village's old church stood here, which was destroyed by the communists and replaced by a functional building for the agricultural cooperative. There is another small Orthodox church on the outskirts of the main town. The previous building was built in 1754 and was destroyed by fire in 1865.

The municipality also includes the small island of Maligrad in Lake Prespa, on which the ruins of a monk's hermitage and church are located, which were built in the 11th century.

Politics and administration

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Bilingual street sign in the Dolna Gorica part of the municipality

In Pustec, bilingualism is respected by the authorities. Numerous road signs and information signs with inscriptions in Albanian and Macedonian were set up. In addition, the hospital and the two secondary schools are provided with bilingual boards. In March 2013 the municipality was officially renamed by the Albanian Parliament and changed the name from the Albanian version Liqenas to the Macedonian Pustec . As a minority area, Pustec was not merged with other municipalities during the territorial reform of 2015, but has since been the municipality in Albania with the fewest inhabitants.

The municipality of Liqenas includes a total of nine villages, from south to north (Macedonian / Albanian) Cerje / Cerja , Zrnovsko / Zaroshka , Leska / Lajthiza , Pustec / Liqenas , Šulin / Diellas , Globočani / Gollomboç , Dolna Gorica / Gorica e Vogël , Gorna Gorica / Gorica e Madhe and Tuminec / Kallamas .


The only Macedonian-speaking grammar school in Albania is in Pustec . The community also has four primary schools that also teach Macedonian.


The people live mainly from small-scale farming and border trade. There are also first approaches to tourism : two small hotels with a lido in Pustec and individual landlords of private rooms. As in large parts of the rest of Albania, unemployment and emigration are relatively high.


Web links

Commons : Pustec  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Ines Nurja: Censusi i popullsisë dhe banesave / Population and Housing Census - Korçë 2011. Resulted from Kryesore / Main Results . Ed .: INSTAT . Pjesa / Part 1. Adel Print, Tirana 2013 ( instat.gov.al [PDF; 1.6 MB ; accessed on April 14, 2019]).
  2. D. Fickenscher: The school system and the school books for the Macedonian minority in Albania . In: International textbook research . Issue 4, No. 23 , 2001.
  3. Maqedonasit nuk duan mbishkrime në gjuhën shqipe (Macedonians do not want headings in Albanian). In: Telegrafi. April 17, 2011, accessed February 16, 2014 (Albanian).
  4. Andreas Schneider: Albania's parliament turns Liqenas into "Pustec". In: Kosovo News. March 19, 2013, archived from the original on October 7, 2013 ; accessed on February 16, 2014 .