Albania is a southeastern European country that is slightly larger than Maryland and near Montenegro, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, and Greece. The capital is a city called Tirana. Some other major cities in Albania are Durrës, Elbasan, Vlorë, and Shkodër. Albania gained its independence in 1912. Many different languages are spoken but the official language is Albanian. They also speak Italian, Greek, French, German, and English. The population is currently 2,897,400 people (254 per square mile).
Most Albanian people are Muslim but some are Christian. Albania is mostly farmland and is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Albania is known to have beautiful beaches. Despite most of Albania being in poverty Albanian people are very generous and takes good care visitors. It's not uncommon for a family to go hungry after a big celebration like weddings. Most of the food is very meat oriented like lamb dishes.
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