Albanian (Gjuha shqipe pronounced [ˈɟuha ˈʃcipɛ/]) is a language spoken by nearly 6 million people, primarily in Albania and Kosovo, but also in other parts of the Balkans in which there is an Albanian population. These parts include the west of the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, and south Serbia. In Greece and down the eastern coast of Italy plus Sicily, the language is spoken too. Elsewhere throughout the latter two countries, there is a modern diaspora originating from the Balkans; similarly, many other diasporans live in Scandinavia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Australia, Turkey and the United States.
The Albanian language belongs to the Indo-European language family of languages but has its own specifics, which means it does not have any direct similarities with other languages in the same family.