Albania

Key Country Facts

Population: 2.8 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

The country of Albania was founded in November 1912 and its capital is Tirana. About 2.8 million people live here (2013). 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. The time zone is 5 hours ahead of EST.

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.

Travelers should check out 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. Those craving a hamburger or other Western food can check out Kolonat, an Albanian fast food chain with a logo similar to McDonald’s.

One aspect of Albanian culture that must be experienced are the evening walks. As soon as the sun begins to set, Albanians swarm the streets for an evening stroll to catch up with their peers. Travelers will find cities and towns to packed with people out and about to shop, eat at cafés, walk around, and catch up with one another.

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193

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150

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