Republic of Albania is located in the southeast of the European Continent, with a population of 3,002,859, making it the 137th
largest national population. Its capital and largest city is Tirana with a total population of 763,634. The country encompasses
28,748 square kilometers making it the 143rd largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with Serbia, Montenegro,
Republic of Macedonia, Greece and Adriatic Sea.
President of the Republic Bujar Nishani is recognized as the Chief of State and achieves that status through election by the
People’s Assembly and holds that position for five years. Prime Minister Sali Berisha is recognized as the Head of Government
and achieves that status through appointment by the president and holds that position five years. Its form of government is an
emerging democracy and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on 28th of November 1988.
The languages commonly or officially spoken are Albanian, Greek, Vlach, Romani and Slavic dialects. It counts among its
major religions Muslim, Albanian Orthodox and Roman Catholic. As sources of mass communication it has 13 AM, 46 FM, 1
Short Wave and 65 Television stations.
Major geographical features are Maja e Korabit, its highest point at 2,764 meters and Adriatic Sea, its lowest point at 0 meters.
Its principal waterways are the Drin River and Vijose River adjacent to the Adriatic Sea, which measures 43 kilometers.
Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are food processing, textiles and clothing,
lumber, oil, cement, chemicals, mining basic metals and hydropower. Its official currency is the Albanian Lek.
Here’s something you may not know about Albania. In Albania shaking the head means yes and nodding the head means no.
|Fried mint meatballs-
an Albanian favorite
|Lake Ohrid on
Albania's border with
|Somewhere near the
summit of Maja e
capital and largest city
Updated 04 December 2012
|Adult Prevalence Rate:
People Living with HIV/AIDS:
|Albanian folk dancers
in traditional dress
easternmost point on
the border with Greece
|Durres on the Adriatic
Sea- Albania's lowest
|Kukes- on Albania's
border with the
Kosovar region of
|Maja Jazerc- Albania's
northernmost point on
the border with
southernmost point of
Albania on the border
|Sazan Island- Albania's
westernmost point on
the Viore Sea
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|Valbonne in northern