четвъртък, октомври 18, 2007
There is no exact data on how many Bulgarians live in Albania - 100,000 is quite a big number, but certainly, there are Bulgarians living there, in particular in the region of the GoloBardo and Prespansko Lake and this is beyond any doubt, the Chairperson of the International Center for Examining Minorities and Inner-cultural interactions Antonina Zhelyazkova said in an interview for FOCUS News Agency. According to her during a census in the 19-th century, 7,000 people in nine village sin Albania self-defined as Bulgarian. But during a census in 2005, one part said they were Bulgarians, other said they were Macedonians. 'Of course, there are Macedonians in Albania, but the large number of Bulgarians there cannot be questioned', Zhelyazkova said.