Flag of Albania

Flag of Albania

Albanian flag consists of a red leaf where a black double-headed eagle is depicted. The flag was adopted in 1912, when Albania gained independence from the Ottoman Empire. The origin of the flag is associated with a national hero Skanderbeger (formerly George Kastrioti), who lived in the fifteenth century and who was a general of the Turkish army. However, Skanderbeger left the army so that he can return to Albania and erect the flag with double-headed egle above the castle of his father in Kruje with words: "I did not bring you freedom. I found it here, among you." After his return to Albania, Skanderbeger managed to unify Albania and defend it against the Turkish attacks.

Country information

Independent Yes
Country codes AL, ALB (ISO 3166-1)
Official name Republic of Albania
Capital city Tirana
Continent Europe
Member of United Nations, NATO, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
Population 2 862 427 (2019)
Total area 28 748 km2
Highest point Korab (2 764 m, 9 068 ft)
Lowest point Adriatic Sea
GDP per capita $ 5 269 (World Bank, 2018)
Currency Albanian lek (L, ALL)
Calling code +355
Internet TLD .al

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