Arbereshe in Italy

Joshua Project has identified the Arbereshe only in Italy





Largest Religion

Main Language


Where Are they Located?

This ethnically Albanian community lives in Italy's southern mountians, especially in Calabria, Apulia, Basilicata, Molise and Sicily.

What Are Their Lives Like?

One author's remembers a visit to the village of Baille, at the top of the mountians above the city of Potenzia: "In the 70's, when I found my grandmother's sister and her husband still alive and living there, the village had just only recieved single strand electricity. The electric service consisted of a few lights bulbs and an open air coffee cafe with a couple of electic light bulbs. The only other commerical enterprise was a stone oven bakery where the village bread was baked. It too was more open air than housed; a couple of half walls made of rubble brick. The houses are small and made from stone with small stone fireplaces. They lived off the land. My family had a small piece of land with olive trees. They traded olives and gathered twigs, wild mushrooms and wild onions. They had a son who worked as an electrician in Naples. He visited on weekends maybe twice a month and helped out financially."

What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority are of the Latin Catholic rite.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Arbereshe
People Name in Country Arbereshe
Population in Italy 102,000
World Population 102,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Tosk Albanian
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Albanian
People Name General Arbereshe
Ethnic Code CEW13
People ID 10413
Country Italy
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country South; Calabria, Apulia, Basilicata, Molise, Sicily.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

No people group map currently available. Use the above button to submit a map.

Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Albanian, Arbereshe (102,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Albanian, Arbereshe 102,000
For Primary Language: Albanian, Arbereshe

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1868-1869)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.80 %)
83.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
17.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
4.0 %
Roman Catholic
86.0 %
Photo Source: Wikipedia   Creative Commons  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

Copyright © 2015 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.