Albanians in Montenegro
5.27% of Montenegro population (2011)
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|Albanian (Gheg dialect), Montenegrin|
|Sunni Islam, Catholicism|
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Albanians in Montenegro constitute 4.91% of the county's total population. Albanians of Montenegro are Ghegs who mainly live in South-Eastern Montenegro, in the region commonly known as Malesija as well as in the municipality of Ulcinj (Albanian: Ulqin). The largest city of Albanians in Montenegro is Ulcinj.
In the municipality of Ulcinj, Albanians form the majority of population (70.66% according to 2011 census). A large Albanian community also exists in the Tuzi area within the Podgorica municipality (making up part of the cultural region known as Malesija). As of 2003, there were a total of 9,296 Albanians in Podgorica municipality, 2,300 of which live in Tuzi (the rest living in the rural area around Tuzi, to the north of Lake Skadar). There is also a significant presence of Albanians in parts of Plav (2,719 or 19.7%) and Rožaje (1,008 or 4.44%), as well as in Bar (3,036 or 7.61%), Hoti, Gruda (Grudë), Zatrijebač (Triesh]]), Koći (Kojë), and Krajina.
The government of Montenegro provides Albanian-language education in the local primary and secondary schools. There are also some university-level courses in Podgorica offered in Albanian. Montenegrin Albanian culture in this region is closely related to the culture of Albanians in Albania, and the city of Shkodër in particular. Their Albanian language dialect is Gheg as of Albanians in Northern Albania. Predominant religions of Albanians in this region are Roman Catholic and Muslim.
- Gjon Buzuku - Albanian Catholic priest who wrote the first known printed book in the Albanian language: Meshari
- Emina Cunmulaj - Albanian-American model
- Mark Gjonaj- politician Democratic Party for District 80 in the New York State Assembly.
- Pjetër Gjoka- actor and People's Artist of Albania.
- Baca Kurti Gjokaj - Albanian nationalist
- Enver Gjokaj - Albanian-American actor
- Ded Gjo Luli- (1840–1915) leading nationalists of the Albanian revolt against Turkey.
- Adrian Lulgjuraj - Albanian singer, winner of the Festivali i Këngës 51.
- Pjeter Malota- Albanian actor,martial artist.
- Nikollë Nikprelaj - Albanian singer
- Rexhep Qosja - prominent Albanian politician and writer (lives in Kosovo)
- Alex Rudaj - Albanian-American mobster most famous for leading the Rudaj Organization in the 90s.
- Mujo Ulqinaku- officer in the Royal Albanian Army and People's Hero of Albania.
- Afërdita Dreshaj- Albanian-American model
- Malesija, Montenegro
- Greater Albania
- Albanian Language
- Albanians in Kosovo
- Albanians in the Republic of Macedonia
- Albanians in Central Serbia
- "Popis stanovništva, domaćinstava i stanova u Crnoj Gori 2011. godine" [Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in Montenegro 2011] (PDF) (Press release) (in Serbo-Croatian and English). Statistical office, Montenegro. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- "Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in Montenegro 2011". July 12, 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
- Simon Broughton; Mark Ellingham; Richard Trillo (1999). World music: the rough guide. Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Rough Guides. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-85828-635-8. Retrieved 13 July 2013. "Most of the ethnic Albanians that live outside the country are Ghegs, although there is a small Tosk population clustered around the shores of lakes Presp and Ohrid in the south of Macedonia."