Albanian is also spoken by large Albanian communities in Europe, the Americas and Australia.
However, due to the large Albanian diaspora, the total number of speakers is much higher than the native speakers in Southern Europe.
The Albanian language is the official language of Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, it is spoken by the entire Albanian population in all three, including by ethnic minorities.
Gheg is primarily spoken in the north, while Tosk is spoken in the south. The number of Albanian speakers in the Balkans is estimated to be approximately 5 million.
The language is spoken by approximately 7 million people primarily in Albania, Kosovo, Greece, Italy, Macedonia and Montenegro.
There are other estimates however that place the number of people in Turkey with Albanian ancestry and or background upward to 5 million.