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FUN FACTS about ALBANIA

If you lived in Albania and spoke Albanian, you'd say the name of your country is "Shqiperia", which means Land of the Eagles.

The first book published in Albania was in 1555. Meshari was written by a Catholic priest.

Albania is one of the few countries in Europe with a majority of Moslem people. It is estimated that 70% of the people follow Islam, 20% are Eastern Orthodox and 10% are Roman Catholic.

The main jobs in Albania are food processing, textiles, clothing, lumber and oil.

In Albania, nodding the head means "no" and shaking the head means "yes".

Mother Teresa, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work with the poor in India, was originally from Albania.

The population of Albania is over three million with over one million people living in the capital city Tirana.

During the years of communism (from the 1940's to the 1980's), over 750,000 bomb shelters were built across the Albanian countryside. These shelters, which are called mushrooms, were built to protect citizens from invasion.

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