Qark Durrës

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Qark : Durrës
Seat: Durrës
Former circles : Durrës and Kruja
Surface: 766 km²
Residents: 262,785   as of 2011
343 inhabitants / km²
Qark Council: 46 members
Members of Parliament : 13
ISO-3166-2 code: AL-02
Durrës is the second largest city in terms of population and the most important port city in Albania. It is also the most frequented seaside resort in the country.
Remains of the Roman amphitheater in Durrës, in the background the Great Mosque of Durrës
The fortress of Kruja was one of the last bastions of the Albanian resistance, led by Skanderbeg , against the Ottoman conquerors in the 15th century.

The Qark Durrës ( Albanian  Qarku i Durrësit ) is one of the twelve Qarks in Albania . It is located in central Albania and has an area of ​​766 km². According to the 2011 census, it has 262,785 inhabitants; INSTAT gave 310,442 inhabitants for 2009, while the district administration even listed 414,892 inhabitants for the same year. The capital is Durrës .


The Qark Durrës covers an area in central Albania around the cities of Durrës and Kruja . In the west, the Adriatic Sea forms the natural border for 61.8 kilometers. To the east of the coastal plain near Kruja rise the mountains of the Skanderbeggebirge . A small range of hills extends between the two centers of the qark, rising up to 300 meters and separating the catchment areas from the rivers Ishëm (east) and Erzen (west). The hills end in the north at Cape Rodon . All traffic between the two regions leads via Vora in Qark Tirana , where there is an almost flat passage in the chain of hills.

Today the Qark is divided into the three communities Durrës , Kruja  and Shijak  . The area used to be divided into the two districts of Durrës and Kruja .

To the north of the qark is Lezha qark , to the east of Dibra qark and south of Tirana qark .


The Qark's population is 262,785 (2011 census). In ten years the population has increased by almost 16% from 226,808 people.

The religious majority are Sunni Muslims (67.46%). The Bektashi (1.6%), Albanian Orthodox (3.3%), Roman Catholic (7.35%) and atheists (1.1%) have more or less the same number of followers.

Economy and Transport

The Qark is part of the Tirana – Durrës economic region, the economic center of the country, in which the country's most important port ( Durrës port ) and the only international airport (in the Tirana – Kruja border area) are to be found. More than a third of the population of Albania live in the entire metropolitan area .

Politics and administration

The Qark Council (alb. Këshilli i Qarkut ) based in the port city of Durrës has 46 members.

For the legislative periods of the Albanian parliament beginning in 2009 and 2013, the Qark has 13 members out of a total of 140.

New parishes since summer 2015
local community Population (2011) Old churches circle
Durrës 175.110 Durrës, Ishëm, Katundi i ri, Manza , Rrashbull, Sukth Durrës
Kruja 059,814 Bubq, Cudh, Fushë-Kruja , Kodër Thumana , Kruja, Nikël Kruja
Shijak 027,861 Gjepalaj, Maminas, Shijak, Xhafzotaj Durrës
The former circles
circle Capital surface Residents
(Instat, 2001)
(district administration, 2009)
(2011 census)
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Durrës Durrës 000000000000433.0000000000433 km² 000000000182988.0000000000182,988 000000000334871.0000000000334.871 000000000202971.0000000000202.971 000000000000010.000000000010
Kruja Kruja 000000000000333.0000000000333 km² 000000000064357.000000000064,357 000000000080021.000000000080.021 000000000059814.000000000059,814 000000000000006.00000000006th

Web links

Commons : Qark Durrës  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Ines Nurja: Censusi i popullsisë dhe banesave / Population and Housing Census - Durrës 2011 . Results Kryesore / Main Results. Ed .: INSTAT . Pjesa / Part 1. Adel Print, Tirana 2013 ( [PDF; accessed April 14, 2019]).
  2. Shqipëria në Shifra 2010. (PDF) (No longer available online.) INSTAT, archived from the original on March 4, 2016 ; Retrieved December 20, 2015 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. a b c Qarku Durrës - Statistika. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on October 12, 2011 ; Retrieved January 2, 2012 .
  4. INSTAT (Ed.): Population and Housing Census in Albania 2011: Preliminary Results . Tirana December 2011 ( online version [PDF; 5.8 MB ; accessed on January 3, 2020]).
  5. ^ Albania Districts. In: Statoids. Retrieved October 30, 2011 .

Coordinates: 41 ° 23 '  N , 19 ° 30'  E