| 2,975.2 sq mi|
2,941.6 sq mi
33.6 sq mi
–Total (as of 2000)
| City Proper|
| Time zone|
| East Africa Time (UTC+3)|
East Africa Time (UTC+3)
|Official website: www.qir.al|
Zera Lavan (Albanian: Sarë Lavani or Sarë Levanës, Malen: Zera Lavàn, Arabic: ايلمعرضة لاي il-Zareh) is the largest city in Malenia and the 67th largest in the world. The city is mostly rural, but has a large urban area situated around Torva. As of 2009, the population was 2,880,904; 12% of the national population. It is the capital of the Central Western Administrative Republic of Malenia.
The population was 21.3% Albanian, 48.6% Dhes or Malen, 18.4% Sudanese, and 11.7% of other ethnicities. 43% of the city was Jewish, 21.8% of the city was Muslim, 19.4% of the city was Atheist, 6.9% of the city was Roman Catholic and 8.9% were from another religion.
The median household income in the city was $15,425 (L 1,422,801) and $21,640 (L 1,996,073) for families. The per capita income for the city was $7,488 (L 690,693). 21.3% of the population was below the national poverty line.
The Africa-Asia Motorway, locally Autostrade 1, the world's longest highway stretching from Freetown, Sierra Leone to Shanghai, China via a bridge between Djibouti and Yemen serves as Zera Lavan's main commute and tourist highway. The highway links Zera Lavan to neighboring Torva.
Autostrade 337 runs through the eastern part of the city, linking it to Midra and Betneset a Tel.
Zëvendësoj-autostrade 2 and Zëvendësoj-autostrade 3 run diagonally through the city and cross at Autostrade 1. They are reserved only for commuter vehicles such as taxi cabs and busses as well as city vehicles.
Public Transportation Edit
Most of the urban areas in the city are served by a 24-hour cable car line. There are 63 lines in operation in the city. Anywhere in Zera Lavan, it is $0.36 (L 33.20) per stop on board, making it increasingly popular among lower-income commuters. Over the past 20 years, the cable cars have become relatively unsafe and stereotype such as that associated with the New York City Subway system has arisen.
The city is served by a municipal bus line. Because the bus serves the whole city, the fare is higher than the tram at $0.55 (L 50.73) per stop. Busses are often more utilized by businesspeople with higher incomes who do not own a motor vehicle.
In the city's urban areas, it is split up into multiple neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are often classified by ethnic, religious or architectural partition.
Liqeni, named for the Albanian word for lake, is Zera Lavan's principal urban neighborhood. It is primarily an Albanian neighborhood surrounding Lake Skanderbeg. According to statistics, it is the wealthiest neighborhood in Zera Lavan.
City Square is a neighborhood containing the city's central plaza and township hall. The Mbret Zogu Mosque stands in the neighborhood as Zera Lavan's tallest building.
The Tyschel (Malen:Tyshlii) is the smallest neighborhood in the city, encompassing 2.6 square miles. It is most known for it's modern Israeli Architecture and densely packed apartment buildings.
Other neighborhoods include Albanians Boulevard (Albanian: Shëtitore Shqiptarë), Barlisyn (Albanian: Brlasinë), Battle Village (Albanian: Katund Luftimi, Malen: Kesfar a Mavach), the Brick Crossroads (Albanian:Tullave udhëkryq), Crovaansrand, a major Afrikaaner area, Dechha, Dorvani Gardens (Albanian: Kopsht e Dorvëni), Elbasan, named after the Albanian city of the same name, Four Corners (Albanian: Katër qoshet), Georgestown (Albanian: Xhorxheofshatit), Joel's Monument (Malen: Peselli Joel), Malen Boulevard (Malen: Schadera Mal'yeni), New Bethlehem (Malen: Beiytlehem'Adashi), the Omar Wadalmi Houses (Arabic: َارٌكثير أقعمر ادالمي Kathiir-dār as-Omar Waldami), Skanderbeg Park (Albanian: Parku Skanderbegë), Treshami (Malen: Dreyshamitt) and Vlorashi Road (Albanian: Rrugë Vlori)