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Republic of Albania



Location: Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea, between Greece and Serbia

Area: 328,750 sq km

Climate: mild temperate; cool, cloudy, wet winters; hot, clear, dry summers; interior is cooler and wetter

Terrain: mostly mountains and hills; small plains along coast

Population: 3,364,571 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Muslim 70%, Albanian Orthodox 20%, Roman Catholic 10% note: all mosques and churches were closed in 1967 and religious observances prohibited; in November 1990, Albania began allowing private religious practice

Languages: Albanian (Tosk is the official dialect), Greek

Capital: Tirana



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