People Group Info
Total Population: 2,100,000ROP3 Code: 100222
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Albanian
Language: Tosk Albanian - (als)
Religion: Islam - Sunni
Country of Origin: Albania
Tosk people are Tosk-speaking population people from southern Albania. The Tosk language is one of two main dialects, the other being Gheg, spoken in Albania. Although mutually intelligible with one another, social-cultural norms derived from a long history of how the Tosk and Gheg view one another reinforce the Tosk's own distinct social identity. Tosk are often known to be friendly and talkative whereas Gheg are often known to be more stern and courageous. At the end of 19th and beginning of 20th century many Albanians migrated to Europe with the majority being Tosks.
The vast majority of Tosks reside in Italy. Other countries with significant populations include Germany, France, Macedonia, and United Kingdom.
Most Albanian Tosk are nominal Muslims, following only Islam because of their past family and ethnic heritage. Many have begun to marry outside their people group.