Vlora County

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Qark : Vlora
Seat: Vlora
Former circles : Delvina , Saranda and Vlora
Surface: 2706 km²
Residents: 175,640   as of 2011
65 inhabitants / km²
Qark Council: 59 members
Members of Parliament : 12
ISO-3166-2 code: AL-12
Northern end of the district with Vjosa, Narta lagoon and Adriatic coast

The Qark Vlora ( Albanian  Qarku i Vlorës ) is one of the twelve Qarks in Albania . It is located in southern Albania and has an area of ​​2706 square kilometers. The capital is Vlora .


The Qark Vlora consists of the municipalities Delvina , Finiq , Himara , Konispol , Saranda , Selenica and Vlora . The area extends along the coast of the Adriatic and in particular the Ionian Sea with the Albanian Riviera . In the south the Qark borders on Greece . Along the Ionian Sea, the coast is steep with high mountains in the hinterland, including parts of the Kurvelesh . The Shushica flows through the northern part of the Qark, in the southern it is the Bistrica . Other notable waters north of the city of Vlora, the lagoon of Narta and the far south to Greece out of Lake Butrint . Sazan is one of the few islands in Albania and is also administered by the Qark Vlora.

To the north of the Qark lies Qark Fier and to the east the Qark Gjirokastra .

Until 2015 the Qark was divided into the three districts Delvina , Saranda and Vlora with 26 municipalities.


The 2011 census recorded 175,640 residents. The population decline of not quite 5% in ten years is well below the Albanian average.

A Greek- speaking minority lives in the Qart , particularly in the municipality of Finiq and on the Albanian Riviera, but also in the village of Narta near Vlora.

42.14% of the residents are Muslims , mainly Sunnis . The Shiite- dominated Sufi Order of the Bektashi makes further 1.08% of the population. 13.74% of the population are Orthodox , 1.98% Catholic , 0.06% Protestant and 0.07% other Christians. Confessing people without religion make up 10.97% of the population, atheists 6.01%. 20.92% of the population give no information about their denomination.

Politics and administration

The Qark Council ( Albanian  Këshilli i Qarkut ) has 59 members.

The Qark Vlora has twelve members out of a total of 140 for the legislative periods of the Albanian parliament beginning in 2009 and 2013 .

New parishes since summer 2015
local community Population (2011) Old churches Circles
Delvina 007,598 Delvina, Vergo Delvina
Finiq 010,529 Aliko, Finiq, Livadhja, Mesopotam , Dhivër Delvina , Saranda
Himara 007,818 Himara, Horë-Vranisht, Lukova Vlora , Saranda
Konispol 008,245 Konispol, Markat, Xarra Saranda
Saranda 020,227 Ksamil , Saranda Saranda
Selenica 016,396 Armen, Brataj, Kota, Selenica, Sevaster, Vllahina Vlora
Vlora 104,827 Novosela, Orikum , Qendër, Shushica, Vlora Vlora
Former circles
circle Capital surface Population
Number of
Delvina Delvina 000000000000367.0000000000367 km² 000000000011717.000000000011,717 000000000010859.000000000010,859 000000000000004.00000000004th
Saranda Saranda 000000000000730.0000000000730 km² 000000000037798.000000000037,798 000000000035235.000000000035,235 000000000000009.00000000009
Vlora Vlora 000000000001609.00000000001,609 km² 000000000126125.0000000000126.125 000000000147267.0000000000147.267 000000000000013.000000000013

Web links

Commons : Qark Vlora  - 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 - Vlorë 2011 . Results Kryesore / Main Results. Ed .: INSTAT . Pjesa / Part 1. Adel Print, Tirana 2013 ( document [PDF; accessed on April 11, 2019]).
  2. 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]).
  3. ^ Nataša Gregorič: Contested Spaces and Negotiated Identities in Dhërmi / Drimades of Himarë / Himara area, Southern Albania. (PDF; 2.2 MB) In: University of Nova Gorica. Retrieved February 24, 2013 .
  4. ^ Albania Districts. In: Statoids. Retrieved October 30, 2011 .

Coordinates: 40 ° 30 ′  N , 19 ° 37 ′  E