Picture Languages

Albanian speaking countries

Albanian is an official language in Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia and is spoken in 4 other 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.

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 98 percent is in Albania. A total of about 5.2 million people worldwide speak Albanian as their mother tongue.
Distribution Albanian

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
AlbaniaSouthern Europeyes97.9 %2,753,000
KosovoSouthern Europeyes94.5 %1,688,000
North MacedoniaSouthern Europeyes25.1 %518,000
ItalySouthern Europeno0.2 %118,000
SwitzerlandWestern Europeno1.3 %113,000
MontenegroSouthern Europeno5.3 %33,000
CroatiaSouthern Europeno0.4 %16,000

Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers — not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Albanian as a subsequently learned language is not the subject of this page. Countries where native speakers make up only a few thousand, or even a few hundred people, or countries with a percentage well below 1% are unlikely to be listed here.