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Spread of the Albanian Language

Map No.

577

Albanian is spoken as a first language by nearly 6 million people in at least 17 territories. There are two main dialects; Gheg and Tosk. In Albania, the Shkumbin river is roughly the dividing line, with Gheg spoken to the north of it and Tosk to the south.

Albanian is also spoken by significant numbers in Serbia & Montenegro, Macedonia, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and the United States, and by smaller numbers in several other European countries.

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Technical Notes

The map shows the proportion of all people who speak Albanian as a first language that live in that territory in 2005. This map removes the countries where Albanian is dominant. This map therefore only shows 49.4% of all speakers of Albanian. The territory omitted is Albania.

Definition
The maps in the 2005 language data series are made from data on the number of people speaking a language as their first-language, that is the language they would use at home.

Data sources
This map uses data several sources, the main one being Ethnologue (15th Edition, 2005). Estimating the number of speakers of a language is fraught with difficulty on several levels (last accessed January 2009). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. The language numbers we use and publish are rough estimates, and should not be taken as definitive. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

All modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets. Data for this map will soon be available as a download.

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