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Monday, June 15, 2009

Where in the world is - Albania?

Thought we'd post a map of Albania as a quick reference for anyone who is geographically challenged such as I am.

Interesting Facts
*3.6 million people
*87% literacy rate
*Life expectancy 74 years old
*Currency - Lek

Physical Facts

*28,780 sq. ft (slightly larger than Maryland)
*shares borders w/Yugoslav republics of Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia
*also shares border with Greece
*70% of country is mountanous and often inaccessible

Ethnic Facts

*two major subgroups: Gegs and Tosks
*separated by Shkumbin River
*these two groups account for 90% of Albanian population

*70% of Albanians are Islam
*the Orthodox church is a distant second
*less than 10% are Roman Cathothic
*shows 1838 lds members, 10 congregations, 1 family history center

Agriculture & Industry
*main farming regions located on Adriatic coastal plain
*chief crops: corn, grapes, olives, potatoes, sugar beats and wheat
*chief livestock: cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens
*mining is the leading industry in Albania

*densely overpopulated
*average living quarters for a family of four is one room

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