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    Albania Geography - 1991

      Total area: 28,750 km2
      land area: 27,400 km2

      Comparative area: slightly larger than Maryland

      Land boundaries: 768 km total
      Greece 282 km, Yugoslavia 486 km

      Coastline: 362 km

      Maritime claims: Continental shelf: not specified
      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: Kosovo question with Yugoslavia; Northern Epirus question with Greece

      Climate: mild temperate; cool, cloudy, wet winters; hot, clear, dry summers; interior is cooler and wetter

      Terrain: mostly mountains and hills; small plains along coast

      Natural resources: crude oil, natural gas, coal, chromium, copper, timber, nickel

      Land use: arable land 21%; permanent crops 4%; meadows and pastures 15%; forest and woodland 38%; other 22%; includes irrigated 1%

      Environment: subject to destructive earthquakes; tsunami occur along southwestern coast; deforestation seems to be slowing

      Note: strategic location along Strait of Otranto (links Adriatic Sea to Ionian Sea and Mediterranean Sea)

      NOTE: The information regarding Albania on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Albania Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Albania Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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