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Albania, officially the Republic of Albania (Albanian Republika e Shqipërisë [ɾɛˈpublika ɛ ʃcipəˈɾiːs], or simply Shqipëria) is a country in Southeastern Europe. Albania is bordered by Kosovo to the northeast, the Republic of Macedonia to the east, Greece to the south-east, and Montenegro to the north. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west, and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. From the Strait of Otranto, Albania is less than 100 km (60 miles) from Italy.

Albania is a parliamentary democracy that is transforming its economy into a market-oriented system. It is a potential candidate for membership in the European Union and is already member of NATO.[1]


  1. ^ http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1076.html U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs

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Apollonia in Illyria (modern Albania) was located on the right bank of the Vjose; now ruined, it is situated in the Fier region, near the village of Pojan (Pojani), geographically located at 40°43′N 19°28′E. It was founded in 588 BCE by Greek colonists from Kerkyra (Corfu) and Corinth, and was perhaps the most important of the several classical towns known as Apollonia. The site was already used by Corinthian traders and the Taulantii, an Illyrian tribe, who remained involved with the settlement for centuries, living alongside the Greek colonists. The city was said to have originally been named Gylaceia after Glyax, its founder, but the name was later changed to honour the god Apollo.


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Castle of Ali Pashe Tepelena in the Albanian coast

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Web resources

The following publications regularly include material relevant to Albania in the English language.


  • Jacques, Edwin E. (1995). The Albanians. Mc Farland. ISBN 9780899509327. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  • [1] A collection of works dealing with Albanian history and culture.
  • Antonia Young; John Hodgson; William B. Bland; Nigel Young (November 1997). Albania. Clio Press. ISBN 9781851092604. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 


  • New publications regarding Archaeology in Albania after 2000. [2] Ancient West & East, Volume 4, Issue 1 Volume 4 of Ancient West & East, No 1 Gocha Tsetskhladze Publisher BRILL, 2005 ISBN 9004141766, 9789004141766 Length 256 pages
  • A summary of Myzafer Korkuti work can be found here [3]
  • Gjerak Karaiskaj [4]

Medieval period

Ottoman period

Modern period

Society and culture

Albanian language

  • A summary by Shaban Demiraj link [5] The Indo-European languages Routledge language family descriptions Authors Anna Giacalone Ramat, Paolo Ramat Editors Anna Giacalone Ramat, Paolo Ramat Edition illustrated Publisher Taylor & Francis, 1998 ISBN 041506449X, 9780415064491 Length 526 pages
  • Cimochowski, W. "Prejardhja e gjuhës shqipe," BUShT 1958:2.37-53. Supports Illyrian kinship of Albanian. (see Hamp 1963)
  • Cimochowski, Waclaw. Des recherches sur la toponomastique de l'Albanie. LP VIII, 1960.(short version at Hamp 1963)
  • Encyclopedia of Indo-European culture By J. P. Mallory, Douglas Q. Adams Edition: illustrated Published by Taylor & Francis, 1997 ISBN 1884964982, 9781884964985 link here [6]
  • Eric P. Hamp The position of Albanian in Ancient Indo-European Dialects Publisher University of California Press link here [7]
  • Shaban Demiraj Gjuhesi ballkanike here the link [8]
  • Victor A. Friedman (vfriedm@midway.uchicago.edu) Albanian Grammar Victor A. Friedman A version of this grammar was published in
  • Studies on Albanian and Other Balkan Language by Victor A. Friedman Peja: Dukagjini. 2004.the link here [9]
  • Online IE dictionary for Albanian words

Albania news

In the news
  • Albania best backpack country of 2009. [1]

Selected biography

Marie Logoreci (born September 23, 1920 in Shkoder, Albania). She is an actress in Albanian films, television and drama; she has had roles in the films Skanderbeg, Fëmijet e Saj, Toka Jonë and a recurring appearance on the television show Gjenerali i Ushtrise se Vdekur. She is best known for acting in dramas.



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  1. ^ http://travel.blog.nl/backpacken/2009/06/25/albanie-backpackerbestemming-van-2009-2