Albania (Albanian: Shqipëri/Shqipëria, Gheg Albanian: Shqipnia or Shqypnia), officially the Republic of Albania (Albanian: Republika e Shqipërisë, pronounced [ɾɛpuˈblika ɛ ʃcipəˈɾiːs]), is a Mediterranean country in South Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Montenegro to the north, Kosovo to the northeast, Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south-east. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west, and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. It is less than 72 km (45 mi) from Italy, across the Strait of Otranto which links the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea.
Albania is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Council of Europe, World Trade Organisation, Organisation of the Islamic Conference and one of the founding members of the Union for the Mediterranean. Albania has been a potential candidate for accession to the European Union since January 2003, and it formally applied for EU membership on 28 April 2009.
Albania is a parliamentary democracy and a transition economy. The Albanian capital, Tirana, is home to approximately 895,000 of the country's 3.6 million people, and it is also the financial capital of the country. Free-market reforms have opened the country to foreign investment, especially in the development of energy and transportation infrastructure.
Alternate versions of Albania have been discovered in the multiverse:
- Albania (Cricket)
- Albania (Much ado about Nonsuch)
- Albania (Revolution 1)
- Epirus (Chaos)
- Kingdom of Albania (February's Legacy)
- Kingdom of Albania (Washington Shot at Murdering Town!)
- Kingdom of Epirus (With All My Heart)
- Communist Republic of Albania (Totalitarian Superpowers)
Alternate version of Albania have also been discovered to belong to different nations:
- Naples (Chaos)
- Republic of The Balkans (Zhou)
- Union of Soviet Socialist Republics