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shqip, gjuha shqipe, 𐔀𐔐𐔁𐔀𐔓𐔍𐔀𐔔
Native toAlbania, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria, Albanian diaspora
Native speakers5.4 million in the Balkans  (2011)e18
Language family
  • Albanian
Writing systemLatin (Albanian alphabet)
Albanian Braille
Official status
Official language in Albania
 North Macedonia[a]
Recognised minority language in Italy
Regulated byOfficially by the Social Sciences and Albanological Section of the Academy of Sciences of Albania
Language codes
ISO 639-1sq
ISO 639-2alb (B)
sqi (T)
ISO 639-3sqiinclusive code
Individual codes:
aae – Arbëresh
aat – Arvanitika
aln – Gheg
als – Tosk
Linguasphere55-AAA-aaa to 55-AAA-ahe (25 varieties)
Albanian dialects.svg
The dialects of the Albanian language.
(The map does not indicate where the language is majority or minority.)
File:1-10 Numbers in Albanian (SQ).ogg

The Albanian language (Shqip) is an Indo-European language. It is spoken mostly in Albania (3,500,000), Kosovo and (500,000) Republic of North Macedonia.

Other websites


  1. "Language and alphabet Article 13". Constitution of Montenegro. WIPO. 19 October 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2021. "Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian and Croatian shall also be in the official use.".