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City Center of Pukë
City Center of Pukë
Flag of Pukë
Official logo of Pukë
Pukë is located in Albania
Coordinates: 42°03′N 19°54′E / 42.050°N 19.900°E / 42.050; 19.900
Country Albania
 • MayorRrok Dodaj (BF)
 • Municipality505.83 km2 (195.30 sq mi)
890 m (2,920 ft)
 • Municipality
 • Municipality density22/km2 (57/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal Code
Area Code(0)212

Pukë (Albanian definite form: Puka) is a town and municipality in northern Albania. It was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Gjegjan, Pukë, Qelëz, Qerret and Rrapë, that became municipal units. The seat of the municipality is the town Pukë.[1] The total population is 11,069 (2011 census),[2] in a total area of 505.83 km2.[3] The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 3,607.[2]

At 838 metres above sea level, the town is one of the highest in elevation in Albania and a well-known ski area. It is 150 km from Albania's capital, Tirana.

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The toponym may derive from Latin via publica ("public road") as it was located on an old trade route.[4]


The settlement is inhabited by the tribe of Puka,[5] itself one of the "seven tribes of Puka" (Albanian: shtatë bajrakët e Pukës).[4] According to tradition, collected by Hyacinthe Hecquard [fr] in the mid-19th century, the settlement of Puka had been founded by a Paolo Zenta, who according to Marin Barletius was a relative of Lekë Dukagjini.[5]

The region also has its own Kanun, a set of traditional Albanian laws,[6] and is known as Kanuni i Pukës (English: Canon of Pukë) and used mainly in Northern Albania and Kosovo.

In the 20th century, Pukë was expanded as a military base and a centre of Catholic education. The distinguished Albanian poet Migjeni taught in the town from 1936 to 1937.[7]

Pukë is surrounded by a 400-hectare (1.5 sq mi) pine-coated massif.

As in other parts of Europe, climate change has extended and consolidated the range of the pine processionary moths, who defoliate pines, including in the pinelands of northern Albania.[8]


The hotel standing in the town square has been upgraded and now boasts a microbrewery producing Puka Beer, which is a lager in draught form. The local football club is KF Tërbuni Pukë.


No. Name Term in office
1 Halit Topalli 1992-1996
2 Halit Furriku 1996-2000
3 Ndue Cara 2000-2003
4 Rrustem Strugaj 2003-2011
5 Beqir Arifaj 2011-2015
6 Gjon Gjonaj 2015 (Incumbent)

Notable people

Twin towns – sister cities

Pukë is twinned with:

See also


  1. ^ "Law nr. 115/2014" (PDF) (in Albanian). pp. 6374–6375. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Population and housing census - Shkodër 2011" (PDF). INSTAT. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  3. ^ "Correspondence table LAU – NUTS 2016, EU-28 and EFTA / available Candidate Countries" (XLS). Eurostat. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  4. ^ a b Elsie 2015, p. 178.
  5. ^ a b Elsie 2015, p. 179.
  6. ^ Sellers, Mortimer; Tomaszewski, Tadeusz (July 23, 2010). The Rule of Law in Comparative Perspective. Springer Netherlands. p. 211. ISBN 978-90-481-3749-7.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  7. ^ Elsie, Robert (2010). Historical Dictionary of Albania. Scarecrow Press. pp. 301–302. ISBN 9780810873803.
  8. ^ Roques, Alain (2014-10-10). Processionary Moths and Climate Change : An Update. Springer. pp. 7–8, 126. ISBN 978-94-017-9340-7.
  9. ^ "Gemellaggi - Comune di Signa" (in Italian). Retrieved 2021-09-14.


The author refers to processionary disease in Pukë on a cycle trip through Albania, including a stay in the town, described on page 213

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