Albania: Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the country of the world Albania, the Gheg and Tosk people, Albanians in Yugoslavia and Massachusetts.

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The Shkumbi River forms a boundary between the 2 main racial groups of Albanian peoples--the Ghegs in the north and the Tosks in the south. The Ghegs are a superstitious and predatory clan; stern, hardy, and fierce, they live a pastoral life in the largely barren land of their region. The Tosks are a lively, friendly people, more advanced than their neighbors to the north; their land is more fertile and they are better equipped to pursue their agricultural and industrial labors. As they are isolated mountain dwellers, the 2 groups have a tendency to feud among themselves and with each other.

Albania sponsored the General Assembly resolution that secured recognition of Communist China as the sole representative of China in the United Nations in 1971.

The largest number of Albanians that live outside their country are concentrated in the Kossovo and Macedonia regions of Yugoslavia. Massachusetts has the largest population of Albanian immigrants in the U.S.

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