1st CENTURY

100 yrs ALBANIA

ALBANIA
  • Albania was ruled by the Ottoman Empire from the late 14th century until the early 20th century, when a groundswell of nationalism led to the independence movement. 
  • In 2012 — the ancient nation marked its century of 100th years since their country’s declaration of independence on November 28, 1912.
  • Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia participated in several days of celebrations that began on November 25 2012.

When I returned from my European tour to meet with few editors over my reporting from Syria’s civil war and prior to my 2nd return in the Middle Eastern war torn country, I visited capital Tirana and recorded the celebrations of the 100th anniversary since Albanian declaration of independence on November 28, 1912. 

November 28 – 1912-2012

Albanians come from an ancient tribe called Illyrians, a population which was created around 2000 BC. Illyrian provinces especially in the coastal areas were very developed both socially and politically. Illyrian states that were formed during this time, were included in the Mediterranean world of advanced civilization.

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  • The Albanian Armed Forces were formed after the declaration of independence in 1912. Today it consists of: the General Staff, the Albanian Land, Air and the Naval Force.
  • Albania joined NATO alongside Croatia in the sixth enlargement in 2009.

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