Albanian speaking countriesAlbanian 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 m people worldwide speak Albanian as their mother tongue.
|Albania||Southern Europe||yes||97.9 %||2,778,000|
|Kosovo||Southern Europe||yes||94.5 %||1,678,000|
|North Macedonia||Southern Europe||yes||25.1 %||520,000|
|Italy||Southern Europe||no||0.2 %||119,000|
|Switzerland||Western Europe||no||1.3 %||112,000|
|Montenegro||Southern Europe||no||5.3 %||33,000|
|Croatia||Southern Europe||no||0.4 %||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 maybe not listed here.