An administrative reform took effect in 2015. The communes (komuna) were abolished and absorbed by the municipalities (bashkia), along with a few mergers or splits, resulting in 61 municipalities subordinate to the counties.
Jose Gavinha sent me the results of the Albanian census of 2011-10-01, found at source .
ISO 3166-2 Newsletter number II-1, dated 2010-02-03, changes the ISO codes for nine counties, prefixing a '0' to each of the one-digit codes. Now all the county codes are two digits.
ISO 3166-2 Newsletter number I-6, dated 2004-03-08, shows a change in terminology. Formerly, the top-level subdivisions of Albania were called prefectures, or prefekturė in Albanian. According to the new document, they should be called counties (qark). (However, the statistics bureau's "Albania in Figures" uses the term prefekturat, or prefectures in English.) ISO's format indicates that it considers the districts as the primary subdivisions of Albania, and the counties are regarded just as groupings of districts.
ISO 3166-2 Newsletter Number I-2 was published on 2002-05-21. It lists the twelve new counties, assigns ISO codes
to them, and changes two district names and one district code. Laē (ISO code
LA) was changed to Kurbin
KB), and Malėsia e Madhe was changed to Malėsi e Madhe. FIPS Publication Change Notice No. 9, issued on
2004-10-01, assigns FIPS codes to the new counties.
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Albania was still part of Turkey at the beginning of the 20th century. It declared its independence in 1912. The country went through several forms of government, including occupation during the World Wars, until it became a republic on 1946-01-11.
Ancient inhabitants were called Albanoi by Ptolemy. Shqipėria is Albanian for "land of the men of the eagle".
Albania is divided into twelve qarqe (sing. qark: counties, or regions).
Albania adopted a new set of four-digit postal codes in 2006-10, but the Albanian post office has been slow to implement them (Source ).
Underneath the counties there are 36 rrethe (districts), currently not functioning. Under them there are 308 communes and 65 municipalities.
Vlorė includes Saseno (Sazan) Island.
The UN LOCODE page for Albania lists locations in the country, some of them with their latitudes and longitudes, some with their ISO 3166-2 codes for their subdivisions. This information can be put together to approximate the territorial extent of subdivisions.
|Berat||142,616||126,913||3,666||Berat||Berat, Fier, Lushnjė, Skrapar|
|Elbasan||111,422||111,286||3,539||Elbasan||Elbasan, Gramsh, Librazhd|
|Gjinokastėr||143,926||121,253||4,125||Gjinokastėr||Gjirokastėr, Pėrmet, Sarandė, Tepelenė|
|Korēė||147,536||149,433||3,750||Korēė||Kolonjė, Korēė, Pogradec|
|Shkodėr||132,336||157,665||5,560||Scutari||Lezhė, Mirditė, Pukė, Shkodėr|
The Italian names are often used by Western Europeans in general.
According to Address Doctor (Source ), city names have two grammatical forms in Albanian, the definite and the indefinite. "Tirana" is definite and "Tiranė" is indefinite.
County populations calculated by totaling the populations of their component districts.
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