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Albanian
shqip
Pronunciation [ʃcip]
Native speakers 7,436,990  (date missing)
Language family
Indo-European
  • Albanian
Dialects
Arbëreshë
Arvanitika
Gheg
Tosk
Writing system Latin
Official status
Official language in 2 countries
Recognised minority language in 5 countries
Regulated by officially by the Social Sciences and Albanological Section of the Academy of Sciences of Albania
Language codes
ISO 639-1 sq
ISO 639-2 alb (B)
sqi (T)
ISO 639-3 sqi

Albanian is an Indo-European language spoken by approximately 7.4 million people, primarily in Albania and Kosovo, but also in other areas of the Balkans in which there is an Albanian population, including western FYR Macedonia, southern Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Italy. Centuries-old communities speaking Albanian-based dialects can be found scattered in southern Bosnia, southern Italy, Sicily, and Ukraine. As a result of a modern diaspora, there are also Albanian speakers elsewhere in those countries and in other parts of the world, including Scandinavia, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Singapore, Brazil, Canada, and the United States.

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