World's Strangest National Anthems
While some countries use
their anthems to laud their battle victories a little too aggressively,
others—like Albania—seem far too humble. Aleksander Stavre Drenova, who wrote “Himni
i Flamurit (Hymn to the Flag)” in 1912, could just have easily titled
his composition “The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth;” the song’s final
(ostensibly triumphant) final verse reads:
For God himself
The nations of the earth shall wane,
And yet will live, will thrive Albania.
For her our fight won’t be in vain.