- a republic in SE Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula: became independent in 1912 after more than four centuries of Turkish rule; established as a republic (1946) under Communist rule; multiparty constitution adopted in 1991. It is generally mountainous, rising over 2700 m (9000 ft), with extensive forests. Language: Albanian. Religion: Muslim majority. Currency: lek. Capital: Tirana. Pop: 3 193 000 (2004 est). Area: 28 749 sq km (11 100 sq miles)
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- Place Namesa republic in S Europe, in the Balkan Peninsula, W of Macedonia and NW of Greece. 3,293,252;
10,632 sq. mi. (27,535 sq. km). Cap.: Tirana.
- Place Names[Obs.]Scotland.