Durrës

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Durrës
Official seal of Durrës
Seal
Country Albania
CountyDurrës County
DistrictDurrës District
Regions (Rajone)6
Founded627 BC
Government
 • MayorVangjush Dako (PS)[1]
Elevation
0 ft (0 m)
Population
(2011)[2]
 • Municipality and City115,550
 • Metro
265,330
Time zoneUTC+1 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
2001-2009
Area code(s)052
Websitewww.durres.gov.al

Durrës is the second largest city of Albania. It is on the central Albanian coast, about 33 kilometres (21 mi) west of the capital Tirana. It is one of the most ancient and economically important cities of Albania. Durrës is at one of the narrower points of the Adriatic Sea. It is opposite the Italian ports of Bari (300 kilometres (190 mi) away) and Brindisi (200 kilometres (120 mi) away). Durrës is home to Albania's main port, the Port of Durrës. The Aleksandër Moisiu University is here. The town has about 115,550 people.[2] Durrës was the national capital from 7 March 1914 until 11 February 1920 .[3]

Climate[change | change source]

Durrës has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool winters. The average of water temperature in Durrës is from 14 °C (57 °F) in February to 26 °C (79 °F) in August. The summer in Durrës starts from May to middle of October .

References[change | change source]

  1. Durrës.gov.al
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Population and Housing Census in Albania" (PDF). Institute of Statistics of Albania. 2011.
  3. Organic Statute of the Principality of Albania (in Albanian), http://licodu.cois.it