Albanìa (in Albanian: Shqipëria; traditionally Arbëria ), formally the Republic of Albania (in Albanian: Republika and Shqipërisë, AFI: [ɾepublika e ʃcipəˈɾisə]), is a state positioned within the Balkan peninsula. It borders Montenegro to the north-west, Kosovo to the north-east , North Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south. Its coasts overlook the Adriatic Sea (the Otranto Channel) and the Ionian Sea. The nation, with its borders, has an space of 28756 km² and a inhabitants of two.8 million inhabitants.
Cradle of the Illyrian civilization, it was united within the Kingdom of Epirus with Pyrrhus, underwent the Greek-ancient colonization on the coast and within the classical age was a part of the Roman Empire, changing into one of many cultural and non secular facilities of the Byzantine Empire in 1190 (Principality of Arbanon). Subsequently invaded by the barbarians (Slavs, Avars, Bulgarians), it had the navy penetration of the Kingdom of Sicily (with the Sovereigns of the Altavilla, Swabian and Aragon dynasties) and the business penetration of the Republic of Venice. Within the Center Ages the battle of Kosovo (1389) introduced the Turco-Ottomans to Albania who, initially contained by the League of Albanian peoples, or League of Lezhë, created in 1444 by Giorgio Castriota often called “Scanderbeg”, had the higher of the loss of life of those ( 1467). The Principality of Albania was the one nation within the Balkans that within the fifteenth century resisted – for properly over twenty years – the assaults of the Ottomans. Albania was divided into small autonomous principalities subjected for 4 and a half centuries to the sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire.
Within the nineteenth century well-liked revolts for independence have been accentuated, together with that of Epirus which managed to make itself unbiased (1820-1822). The League of Prizren (1878) promoted the thought of an Albanian nationwide state, additionally in protection of the borders from Serbian-Montenegrin and Greek pressures, and established the trendy Albanian alphabet. On November 28, 1912, it declared its independence from the Turks, later acknowledged by the Convention of Ambassadors in London in 1913, the yr during which the primary provisional authorities was born within the midst of the Balkan wars, the Kingdom of Albania. Briefly turned an Italian Protectorate on the finish of the First World Struggle, it was once more occupied and annexed to the Kingdom of Italy in 1939. In the course of the Second World Struggle, components of the territories of the so-called ethnic Albania have been included, including solely the territories of the north-west and ethnic Albanian settlements left past the borders of the state. From 1944 to 1990 Albania was an especially isolationist, Stalinist and anti-revisionist Communist state. Since 1998 Albania has been a parliamentary republic.
Albania is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the Group for Safety and Cooperation in Europe, the Council of Europe, the World Commerce Group and one of many founding members of the Union for the Mediterranean. Since 24 June 2014, Albania is formally a candidate for membership of the European Union  after having formally utilized for EU membership on 28 April 2009. Free market reforms have opened the nation to overseas funding, particularly within the growth of vitality and transport infrastructures. It’s among the many rising international locations of Europe and, due to the quite a few historic and pure beauties, among the many new vacationer destinations of the Balkan Peninsula and the Mediterranean basin.
The capital of Albania is Tirana. Different main city facilities are Durres, Valona, Shkodra and Gjirokastra. Albanian is the official language; Albanians name themselves shqiptarë.