I traveled around most of Europe’s 50 countries and Albania is definitely the most unique country in the old continent. You will find a lot of beautiful, untouched mountains but also a lot of golden, hidden beaches. That’s the real beauty of this country is you never know what you’re going to get. And if you’re a modern-day explorer, this should be music for your ears. Are you planning to visit this unusual destination soon? Check out our articles to get some helpful Albania travel hacks and things you should know before visiting!
Basic Information About Albania
Albania is home to 2.8 million people. Almost 85% of the total population consists of ethnic Albanian. The main minority ethnic groups consists of Greeks, Macedonians, and Roma.
The official language is Albanian, one of the rare languages in Europe that doesn’t belong to any Language groups.
Albania’s official currency is the Albanian Lek (currency code ALL). One Euro/USD is equal to roughly 120-130 Lek.
With a territory of 28,748 square kilometers, Albania is the 36th largest country in Europe. It is a country in Southeast Europe on the Adriatic and Ionian Sea. Most of its territory is covered in mountains and lakes, including The Lake of Shkodër which is the largest lake in Southern Europe and located in northwest.
Albania’s climate is Mediterranean and continental with four different seasons. The winters (November- February) regularly have temperatures below 0 while the summers are quite hot with the average temperature ranging between 22°C and 30 °C.
Economy & Budget
Albania is an upper-middle income country dominated by the service sector, followed by manufacturing. The average monthly income is 47,150.14 Lek per month (370-400 Euros), making Albania a relatively budget-friendly country for European standards. Backpackers can survive with around $35 per day, while mid-range travelers spend between $50 and $80 per day on average.
Tirana (Tiranë) is the Capital city of Albania with total population of 883,996.
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