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Albanian speaking countries

Albanian is the official language in Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia and is spoken in 4 more countries as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Albanian language (native name: Shqip) has its roots in the Indo-European language family.

With a share of around 98%, it is most widespread in Albania. A total of about 5.3 million people worldwide speak Albanian as their mother tongue.

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
AlbaniaSouthern Europeyes97.9 %2,813,000
KosovoSouthern Europeyes94.5 %1,730,000
North MacedoniaSouthern Europeyes25.1 %523,000
ItalySouthern Europeno0.2 %121,000
SwitzerlandWestern Europeno1.3 %110,000
MontenegroSouthern Europeno5.3 %33,000
CroatiaSouthern Europeno0.4 %16,000