The full name of Kukes is Kukesi i Ri (New Kukes). The original
town was engulfed in 1976, by the waters of the large artificial lake (area
72.5 km) formed to supply the Fierza Hydropower station. The town of Kukes
has a population of 12000 inhabitants.
Ferry Fierze-Koman through the Albanian Alps
Kukes is completely new, built during the 70's. The old town of Kukes
is submerged under waters. This district is mainly mountainous. The highest
peak is that of Gjalica (2480m). The mountains are covered by industrially
important forests, the geological structure of the area has determined
the existence of innumerable ores such as copper and chromium. The Highlanders
in the region, are well known for their developed agriculture.
Kukes has a carpet factory whose products are for domestic and trade
use. There is also a copper processing factory as the raw material, copper,
is found in this place.
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