Shishtavec is a village of Kukës District, northeastern Albania. The village consists of 300 households with over 1,800 inhabitants of Gorani ethnicity. The village is part of the wider Gora region.
After 2000, many young people have migrated to the UK.
The village is a municipality in several surrounding villages and has a primary and secondary school, post office, and other municipal institutions. Many inhabitants of engaged in agriculture. It is only 25 km from Kukes, but very bad gravel road, which started to pave this year. Due to very bad relationship with the inhabitants of Kukes were forced to travel through Kosovo, which is nearer to them and travel routes are in better condition.
Although situated on the border with Kosovo, there is a big difference in lifestyle. Borders during the reign of Enver Hoxha was completely blocked, and the same population on both sides is not allowed to communicate. Homes and state institutions were built in a special way, although the mountainous municipality of buildings with flat roofs.
There is a myriad of bunkers made for war with the entire world.
Still stand slogans on a particular building as the glory of Marxism-Leninism.
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