Key: 5870  
Country:
Group: Europe, East
Volume: 60
Issued: 2942 Stamps / end of 1999
  
  
 

Information
Area - 28,748 sq.km; Population - 3,510,000; Capital - Tirana
A Republic on the Adriatic Sea, bordering Yugoslavia and
Greece, one of the five Balkan States. Economy is mainly based on agriculture,
with some manufacturing and mining.
Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire. Following the first Balkan War of 1912
gained its independence, which was officially recognized at the London Treaty of
same year. During World War I Albania was in a state of chaos while occupied by
various powers. The territory of EPIRUS (of which the northern part is today
part of Albania) was occupied by GREECE (HELLAS) until 1916. After the war a Republic
was established until 1928, when it became a Monarchy with president Zogu as
King Zog I. At the beginning of World War II the state was occupied by ITALY
until its fall down in 1943, immediately followed by occupation of GERMANY. In 1940
southern Albania was again occupied by Greece. In 1946 Albania became a People's
Republic and since 1976 People's Socialist Republic, calling themselves
'Shqiperia' and from 1991 Democratic Republic.
First stamps were issued in 1913. Several indirect UPU memberships since 1875,
direct from March 1st, 1922. Annual output about 30.
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Inscriptions
SHQIPENIA overprinted on stamps of Turkey
TE SHQIPENIES
SHQIPENIA
SHQIPENIE
POSTA SHQYPNIS etc... overprinted on Fiscal stamps of Austria used in Albania
POSTAT SHQIPTARE overprinted on Fiscal stamps of Austria used in Albania
SHKODRA overprinted on stamps of Albania
SHQYPTARE
REPUBLIKA SHQIPTARE overprinted on stamps of Albania
REP. SHQIPTARE
REPUBLIKA SHQIPTARE
MBRETNIA SHQIPTARE overprinted on stamps of Albania
MBRETNIA SHQYPTARE
SHQIPNI
MBRETNIJA SHQIPTARE
AJRORE etc...
ELLINIKI DIOIKISIS in Greek script overprinted on stamps of Greece
14 SHTATOR 1943 overprinted on stamps of Albania
SHQIPNIJA
QEVERIJA DEMOKRATIKE E SHQIPERISE etc... overprinted on stamps of Albania
QEVERIA DEMOKRATIKE E SHQIPNIS
R P SH
REPUBLIKA POPULLORE E SHQIPERISE overprinted on stamps of Albania
REPUBLIKA POPULLORE E SHQIPERISE
SHQIPERIJA
SHQIPERIA
R.P.E SHQIPERISE
R.P.SHQIPERISE
REPUBLIKA POPULLORE SOCIALISTE E SHQIPERISE
R P S E SHQIPERISE
POSTA SHQIPTARE
TAKSE

Index
ALBANIA (SHQIPERIA)
      Autonomous State 1912-1913
      Principality 1914-1925
      Republic 1925-1928
      Kingdom 1928-1939
      Italian Occupation 1939-1943
      Greek Occupation 1940
         Postage Due Stamps
         Obligatory Stamps
      German Occupation 1943-1944
      Independent State 1944-1945
      People's Republic 1946-1991
      Republic 1991-
      Postage Due Stamps
 
Currency
40 Paras = 1 Piaster = 1 Grossion
100 Qintar = 1 Franc
100 Qintar = 1 Lek (1947)
100 Oindarka = 1 Lek (1965)
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Related Countries

EPIRUS
Epirus

GREECE (HELLAS)
Greece (hellas)

ITALY
Italy

GERMANY
Germany