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Albania is located in southeastern Europe, a rather mysterious country with which not many international travelers are familiar. Albania is most known for its sense of isolation, despite shared borders with Greece, Macedonia, and Montenegro, as well as the coastline of the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea. Albania is a relatively small country, located directly across from the heel of Italy's "boot heel", over the Strait of Otronto. The country is an ancient country dating back to medieval times, and was once part of the great Ottoman Empire.
Population and language
Albania is not a large country, inhabited by approximately 3 million inhabitants and covering nearly 29,000 square miles. Numerous minority groups as well as native-born Albanians make up the country's demographics, which includes Macedonians, Greeks, Montenegrins, Romani, and Balkan Egyptians. The main language spoken in Albania is Albanian, various dialects of Greek are spoken in Greek-inhabited regions throughout the country. Ethnic minorities speak Bosnian, Serbian, Macedonian and other dialects.
Religion and Demographics
Albania is divided into 12 districts or administrative counties that cover areas of beautiful lowlands, mountains, and coastline. The major practiced religion in Albania is Islam. Approximately 70% of Albanians are Muslim, but inhabitants of the country also practice faiths such as Roman Catholic or Albanian Orthodox. Many Albanians claim no religious affiliation.
Major Cities and Tourist Destinations
Major cities in Albania include its capital city of Tirana with nearly one million inhabitants, as well as other major cities of Elbasan, Korçë, and Shkodër.
Albania's capital city is Tirana, with a population of approximately 400,000 inhabitants. Mt. Dajt is the most popular site in Tirana, from where visitors can view the entire city.
The town of Berat is on the UNESCO World Heritage list as one of the oldest towns in the country and it’s ‘City of 1001 Windows’ Ottoman and Albanian architecture.
Gjirokastër is another UNESCO city, also known for its Ottoman-Era architecture.
Albania also offers the Lura National Park, with views of gorgeous glacial lakes and mountain peaks. Camping beaches such as Dhërmi Beach are also extremely popular.
The climate in Albania varies depending on geographical location. The coastal areas enjoy Mediterranean weather patterns, while the mountainous regions are naturally cooler. Winter in the low lands averages 7°C, with summertime temperatures rarely exceeding 24°C. Winters are wet and cloudy, and summers are hot and dry.
The national currency in Albania is the lek. Albania's economy struggles to succeed in its transition from a closed to an open market society. Albania's GDP is approximately U.S. $205 billion, mainly composed of services and industry labor forces. Albania relies heavily on its agriculture - mainly vegetable and wheat crops as well as livestock and dairy products. Albania’s major industries include lumber, textiles, mining, and oil. Albania exports just under U.S. $2 billion worth of commodities a year, mainly in foodstuffs, textiles, metallic ores and tobacco. Albania also imports approximately U.S. $5 billion worth of commodities, mainly textiles, machinery, and equipment.
Transportation in Albania is diverse, with well-kept highways linking nearly all portions of the country together. The two major highways in Albania are the Albania-Kosovo highway and the Vlore highway. Albanian railways control the rail system for both private transport and cargo. In the cities, taxis, buses and car hires are plentiful. Car hires are recommended for visitors planning to stay more than a few hours in any of Albanians beautiful cities. Her major airports include: Tirana or Tirana International Airport, Gjirokastër (Regional) or Gjirokastër Airport, and Kukës (Regional) or Kukës Airport.
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