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Geography of Albania
Albania is a small country in Southeastern Europe, stretching along the Adriatic and Ionian Sea inside the Mediterranean Sea, with an estimated coastline length of 476 km (296 mi). The country shares land border with Montenegro in the northwest, Kosovo in the northeast, the Republic of Macedonia in the east, and Greece in the south. Albania has a total area of 28,748 square kilometers and has 362 kilometers of coastline. The terrain is mostly mountainous, often covered with scrub forest. The average altitude of 708 meters is about twice as high as the European average. Most of Albania rises into mountains and hills, tending to run the length of the country, from north to south, as for instance the Albanian Alps in the north, the Sharr Mountains in the northeast, the Skanderbeg Mountains in the center, the Korab Mountains in the east, the Pindus Mountains in the southeast, and the Ceraunian Mountains in the southwest.