Albania celebrates 100th anniversary of independence
Several hundred thousand ethnic Albanians gather together in the main square in Tirana, Albanian’s capital city, to celebrate independence. Albania proclaimed its independence from the Ottoman empire on 28 November 1912.
TIRANA, Albania - Albania is celebrating its 100th anniversary of independence with national flag blanketing city squares, apartment buildings and public institutions.
In 1912, Albania became the last Balkan country to declare independence from the Ottoman Empire. But many Albanians were left outside the new state, giving rise to the dream of "all Albanians under one nation'.
The Wednesday's celebrations started in the southern city of Vlore where Albanian notables declared the country's independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912.
Albania is now a parliamentary democracy, a member of the United Nations and NATO and has applied for the European Union membership.