Albanian language

Indo-European language, spoken in Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Montenegro as well as Italy, Croatia, Romania and Sebia

The Albanian language (Shqip) is an Indo-European language. It is spoken mostly in Albania (3,500,000), Kosovo and (500,000) Republic of North Macedonia.

shqip, gjuha shqipe, 𐔀𐔐𐔁𐔀𐔓𐔍𐔀𐔔
Native toAlbania, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria, Albanian diaspora
Native speakers
7.6 million (2011)[1]
  • Albanian
Latin (Albanian alphabet)
Albanian Braille
Official status
Official language in
 North Macedonia[a]
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated byOfficially by the Social Sciences and Albanological Section of the Academy of Sciences of Albania
Language codes
ISO 639-1sq
ISO 639-2alb (B)
sqi (T)
ISO 639-3sqi – inclusive code
Individual codes:
aae – Arbëresh
aat – Arvanitika
aln – Gheg
als – Tosk
Linguasphere55-AAA-aaa to 55-AAA-ahe (25 varieties)
The dialects of the Albanian language.
(The map does not indicate where the language is majority or minority.)
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Counting from one to 10 in Albanian



Ghegs, Tosks, Arbëresh, Arvanites, Arbanasi


  1. Albanian at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Arbëresh at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Arvanitika at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Gheg at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Tosk at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. "Language and alphabet Article 13". Constitution of Montenegro. WIPO. 19 October 2007. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2021. Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian and Croatian shall also be in the official use.

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