20 Awesome Facts about Albania

    1. Albania is a beautiful country located in southeastern Europe, with stunning sandy beaches along the Adriatic Sea.
    2. It shares a border with Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, Macedonia to the east and to the south and southeast.
    3. It has an area of 11,100 square miles (28,748 square kilometres).
    4. The coordinates for Albania are 41.0000° N, 20.0000°
    5. Albania’s population was 2.9 million in 2015.
    6. Tirana is the capital city; it has an area of 16.1 square miles (41.8 square kilometres) and a population of 421,286 (2011).
    7. The terrain here is mostly mountainous and hilly, with large plains along the idyllic coastline.
    8. Interestingly, Albania is one of only three European countries that does not have a branch of McDonalds!
    9. Residents here enjoy a temperate climate with dry, hot summers and wet, cool winters. Perfect, we like it even more!

  1. Tirana’s international airport is named after Mother Teresa, who’s family were of Albanian descent.
  2. Weirdly, if you shake your head in Albania it will be taken to mean yes, and if you nod, it means no – that’ll take some getting used to!
  3. The average life expectancy here is 74 years.
  4. The currency of Albania is the Albanian Lek.
  5. Albania’s official language is… Albanian! Shocker, eh?!
  6. In the Albanian language the word ‘Albania’ is actually known as Shqiperia, whilst ‘no’ is jo and yes is po.
  7. More than a third of Albania is forest, giving home to incredible wild animals including Lynx and Brown Bears.
  8. They grow fruits, corn, potatoes, wheat and vegetables, rear livestock and produce dairy products here.
  9. The country’s industry consists of food and tobacco products, textiles, lumber, oil, cement, mining and hydropower.
  10. Albania exports textiles, asphalt, metals, crude oil, vegetables, fruits and tobacco.
  11. The international dialling code for this often overlooked country is 00355.  To find out how to make cheap calls to Albania, just click here

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