The District of Shkodra II

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The Municipal Organization

The city of Shkodra is divided in two administrations. The District of Shkodra and the District of Highlands
(Malësi e Madhe). The District of Shkodra includes 15 smaller districts (communes) which represent 135 villages. The district of Highlands’ municipality is located in the town of Koplik and includes 5 communes, which represent 55 villages.
The Council for the District of Shkodra has 35 committee members, which includes a Chairman and a Vice Chairman. The Council members are elected by the district and are charged with the responsibility of governing the District. The Chairman is the Executive Branch of the government.

The Mayor of Shkodra is elected by the Shkodra citizens. The city of Shkodra has its own Council of Municipality, which has the right of decision.

Social Life

Shkodra is considered the cradle of the Albanian culture. This honorable distinction is due to the outstanding literary figures the city has produced: Marin Barleti, Zef
Jubani, Pashko Vasa, Gjergj Fishta, Kol Idromeno, Kasem Taipi, Kolë Kamsi, Migjeni, etc.

There are more than 90 cultural monuments, the most prominent being : Museum of the City, Rozafa Castle – with its own museum, the Lead Mosque, the Large Church – the largest church in the Balkans, Mes Bridge, and Migjeni Theater.

The City Library, located in the center of the city, has over 150,000 volumes, including rare historical works. In 1905, the first football in the history of Albania was held in Shkodra. The people of Shkodra, known as “Shkodrans” are well-known for their sense of humor.

The University “Luigj Gurakuqi” of Shkodra, has the faculties of Philology, History and Geography, Biology and Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, and the College of Teacher Training. Most
recently the faculty of Jurisprudence has been formed and a business college is being planed. It is the only University in Northern Albania.

EDUCATIONAL DATA 1991-1992
Pre-elementary school
Kinder garden – 174
Children – 5,844
Teachers – 278
Elementary School(8-years)
Schools – 122
Pupils – 38,858
Teachers – 871Secondary school
Schools – 37
Pupils – 10,682
Teachers – 753
Undergraduate
University – 1
Faculties – 2
Students – 2970
Teachers – 97
HEALTH SERVICES
Hospitals – 9
Beds – 1,118
Maternities – 26
Doctors – 259
Chemists – 39
Dentists – 68

Economic Overview

Shkodra, like the rest of Albania, has now just begun to introduce a free market economy. Fifty years of commanded economy was not able to take advantage of Shkodra’s rich natural sources, specifically the production of electricity and chrome.

Most notably:

HYDROELECTRIC PLANTS, located on Drini river:

  • Koman Plant with an output of 600,000 kwh
  • Vau i Dejes Plant with an output of 250,000 kwh.
MINERALS, FISHING, FARMING, EXPORTED ITEMS
cooper
ore
clay
limestone
chrome
carp
eel
herring
beans
wheat
maize
tobacco
rice
medical
potatoes
electric wire
cable
tobacco
rugs
plants
fur/skins
essence

 

TERRAIN IN HECTARES
Total land
Forest
Agricultural fields
Field
Natural pasture
Orchards
Vineyards
Olive grove
Meadows
Cultivated pasture
252,830 ha
94,105 ha
45,584 ha
38,903 ha
22,847 ha
3,541 ha
1,800 ha
1,300 ha
1,054 ha
486 ha
TELEPHONES
Total number of phones
Government and business
Private

1,502
4921,010

The main foreign languages spoken in Shkodra are: Italian, English, German and French.

NOTE: The information is taken from the folder of “Shkodra District Council” 1993.
For more information, please contact: Tel. 00355-224-3506, Fax: 00355-224-3720 / 2737.
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