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Albania

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Albanians descend from Illyrians who occupied the West Balkan peninsula c. 1000 BC. King Argon and, after him, his wife Teuta, conquered many territories, provoking the military might of Rome. Despite Roman occupation and invasions by Visigoths, Slavs and Huns, the Albanians were one of the few peoples to retain their Illyrian language and customs. Turkish invasions began in the 14th century. Independence followed the end of Turkish rule in 1912 when General Ferreo, in command of Italian troops declared Albania an independent country. Italian forces occupied the country from 1914 to 1920.

A constitution was adopted and Albanian became a republic in 1925. In 1928 a constitutional amendment made the country a monarchy under King Zog I.

In March of 1939, Italy invaded Albania (King Zogu fled the country, but did not abicate his throne). Germany occupied Albania from September 1943 until late 1944 when it became an independent state headed by Enver Hoxha. The People's Socialist Republic was instituted in 1976 and was renamed Republic of Albania in 1991. Postage stamps have been issued since 1913.

Contact:
Albanian Post Enterprise
Philatelic Department
"Reshit Collaku"-Str.
Tirana, Albania


CIA data on Albania
Location: Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea, between Greece and Serbia and Montenegro
Independence: 28 November 1912 (from Ottoman Empire)


FIP - Federation Internationale de Philatelie member
Fédération des Collectionneurs Albanais
1 Mai 15/4
Tirana, Albania
Fax: 00355 42 450 59


The Albania Study Circle
Enquiries about joining the circle should be sent to Norman Ames, the honorary secretary, by e-mail at [email protected]


Malte's Stamp News on the Net - Stamp Images for ALBANIA * SHQIPËRIA

Philatelic Museums & Libraries data - Albania

Universal Postal Union Addresses for International customer relations
Albanian Mail Enterprise
M. Thoma Kero
Specialist of Marketing
"Reshit Çollaku" Street
TIRANA, ALBANIE
Téléphone (+355 42) 23243
Téléfax (+355 42) 32133
Téléfax (+355 42) 23108

PostEurop - The Association of European Public Postal Operators
Correspondence:
Albanian Postal Enterprise
Rreshit Collaku Street
Tirana, Albania

Mr Fadil Smajli
General Director
Tel: +355.42.29696
Fax: +355.42.32133
Language of correspondence: English
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