Mbretnija Shqiptare
Albanian Kiingdom
Flag of Albania
  Official Albanian
  Other none
State Religion: Vulpine paganism, Eastern Orthodoxism, Islamism
Other Religion(s): Roman Catholicism
Capital: Durrës
King Leka II
Chief of state: Sali Berisha
Area: 22,104 km²
Population 2,000,000 inhabitants
Currency: Lek
Albania (Albanian: Shqipëri/Shqipëria, Gheg Albanian: Shqipnia/Shqypnia), officially known as the Albanian Kingdom (Albanian: Mbretnija Shqiptare), is a country in South Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, Macedonia to the east and the Byzantine Empire to the south and southeast. 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 constitutional monarchy. The Albanian capital, Durrës, is home to approximately 307,467 of the country's 2,032,952 people, and it is also the financial capital of the country.

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