Albanians in Montenegro

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Total population

30,439 Albanians
4.91% of Montenegro population (2011)

32,671 Native Albanian speakers
5.27% of Montenegro population (2011)
Regions with significant populations
Ulcinj Municipality 14,076
Podgorica Municipality 9,538
Bar Municipality 2,515
Plav Municipality 2,475
Rožaje Municipality 1,158
Other municipalities 677
Albanian (Gheg dialect), Montenegrin
Sunni Islam, Catholicism
Related ethnic groups
Albanians, Arbëreshë people
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Albanians in Montenegro constitute 4.91% of the county's total population.[2] Albanians of Montenegro are Ghegs[3] 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%)[citation needed] 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.


According to the 2003 census, 73.37% of Albanians living in Montenegro were Muslim and 26.08% were Roman Catholic.[4]


There are four Malesor Albanian tribes:


Albanian outpost in Montenegro

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.

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  1. ^ "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). Statistical office, Montenegro. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in Montenegro 2011" (PDF). July 12, 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  3. ^ 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. 
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  5. ^ Recherches albanologiques: Folklore et ethnologie (in French). Pristina: Instituti Albanologijik i Prishtinës. 1982. 

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