Albania

Key Country Facts

Population: 3 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

In Albania is that the sign for “yes” and “no” are switched around, where no is shown by nodding one’s head and yes is shown by shaking one’s head!

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Tirana

Other Information:

Top exports: textiles, footwear, vegetables, fruits, tobacco, asphalt, metals, metallic ores, and crude oil

Kutrubes Travel planned an exquisitely complicated tour for me through “eastern” Europe, helping me to make the most of seeing the highlights of these countries in the most meaningful way, without just zipping through.

I started out in Romania, flew to Bulgaria, then drove through Serbia, next to Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Boznia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, and ending in Venice, Italy.

Toured through Tirana, where the buildings have bright, vibrant colors and the city streets are filled with green parks and walkways, business places, old architecture, shopping, and authentic cuisine. Need to check out Kolonat, an Albanian fast food chain with a logo similar to McDonald’s.

We stopped in Shkodra the commercial capital of northern Albania on the shores of Lake Shkodra. Under the repressive Communist regime that held the country hostage for fifty years many brave people risked their lives and swam to freedom to the shores of what was then Yugoslavia.

A fun fact about Albania is that the sign for “yes” and “no” are switched around, where no is shown by nodding one’s head and yes is shown by shaking one’s head. Also interesting is that Albania has over 750,000 bunkers spread out across the land to avoid invasion during their time of isolation when Communism spread across Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Toured through Tirana, where the buildings have bright, vibrant colors and the city streets are filled with green parks and walkways, business places, old architecture, shopping, and authentic cuisine. Need to check out Kolonat, an Albanian fast food chain with a logo similar to McDonald’s.

Country Information:

The country of Albania was founded in November 1912 and its capital is Tirana. About 3 million people live here. The main language is Albanian and the largest religions are Islam followed by Christianity. The main exports are textiles, footwear, vegetables, fruits, tobacco, asphalt, metals, metallic ores, and crude oil. 

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UN Recognized Countries

193

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187

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AZERBAIJAN