Description flag of Albania
red with a black two-headed eagle in the center
Republika e Shqiperise (long)
People's Socialist Republic of Albania
Albanian(s) (noun) Shqiperia (adjective)
Albanian (official - derived from Tosk dialect), Greek, Vlach, Romani, Slavic dialects
3,619,778 ranked 131, (data 2008)
strategic location along Strait of Otranto (links Adriatic Sea to Ionian Sea and Mediterranean Sea). The lowest point is Adriatic Sea 0 m.
717km, Greece 282 km, Macedonia 151 km, Montenegro 172 km, Kosovo 112 km.
12 counties (qarqe, singular - qark); Berat, Diber, Durres, Elbasan, Fier, Gjirokaster, Korce, Kukes, Lezhe, Shkoder, Tirane, Vlore
28 November 1912 (from the Ottoman Empire)