Albania

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The name "Albania" is derived from an ancient Illyrian tribe, the Albanoi, who inhabited party of modern-day Albania from around 1225 BC to AD 200. Albanians call their country Shqipëri (Skip-AIR-ee), "Lan of the Eagle." They call themselves Shqiptarë.

Albania, on Southeastern Europe's Balkan Peninsula, is a small country with Adriatic and Ionian breathtaking coastlines and an interior crossed by the Albanian Alps.

The country has many castles and archeological sites. Capital Tirana centers on sprawling Skanderbeg Square, site of the National History Museum, with exhibits spanning antiquity to post-communism, and frescoed Et'hem Bey Mosque.

Albanian live in ethnically compact settlements in large areas, primarily in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, but also in Montenegro and Greece. Albanian culture is unique and diverse. There are two cultural groups in Albanian territories: the Ghegs and Tosks.

"Tavë Kosi" is a national dish in Albania that is beloved throughout the country. The specialty is a simple dish of baked lamb and rice served with a flavoured yogurt sauce.

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