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The best land in Albania is located in the valleys pictured in the previous slide, but population growth and the relatively high percentage of the population engaged in agricultural production has increased pressure on the land, especially since only 21% of the land in the country is arable.  People in the higher altitudes live in dire poverty, as in this village in the mountains of Southern Albania.  The soil on the limestone outcroppings is very thin and hard to farm.  Grazing, meanwhile, demands a lot of pastureland and is very taxing on the soil.  Land has been in high demand in Albania, especially since being privatized, meaning that pastureland once used communally for grazing is now in private hands.  This has contributed to ethnic tensions in the country as the Albanian majority has vied for control of the land against the minority Macedonian and Greek populations in the South.