Kosovo Albanians

The Albanians of Kosovo (Albanian: Shqiptarët e Kosovës, pronounced [ʃcipˈtaɾət ɛ kɔˈsɔvəs], also commonly called Kosovo Albanians or Kosovar Albanians, constitute the largest ethnic group in Kosovo.[a]

Kosovo Albanians
Shqiptarët e Kosovës
Albanians in Kosovo[a] (2011 census)
Total population
2–3 million[citation needed]
Regions with significant populations
 Kosovo 1,616,869 (2011)[1]
Other regions
Europe
 Turkey600,000+[2]
 Germany300,000[3]
  Switzerland200,000[3][4][5]
 Italy43,763[6]
 Austria21,371[3]
 Sweden19,576[3]
 Croatia17,513[7]
 Finland12,359[3]
 United Kingdom10,643[3]
 Netherlands8,500[8]
 Belgium7,891[3]
 Slovenia6,783[3]
Americas
 United States13,452[3]
 Canada2,870[9]
Rest of the World
39,535–100,000[3]
Languages
Albanian
(Gheg Albanian)
Religion
Sunni Islam (majority)
Christianity, Irreligion (minority)
Related ethnic groups
Albanians

According to the 1991 Yugoslav census, boycotted by Albanians, there were 1,596,072 ethnic Albanians in Kosovo or 81.6% of population. By the estimation in year 2000, there were between 1,584,000 and 1,733,600 Albanians in Kosovo or 88% of population; as of 2011,[1] their population share is 92.93%. Albanians of Kosovo are Ghegs.[10] They speak Gheg Albanian, more specifically the Northwestern and Northeastern Gheg variants.