Geography of Albania
Albania is situated in the South Western corner of the Balkan
peninsula. Albania mild climate is owed to the shores of the Adriatic and Ionian
seas. The country is bordered by Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia
and Greece. Most of the country is covered by mountainous
terrain with deep valleys.
Albania is dominated by the subtropical Mediterranean climate.
Its summers are dry and hot while its winters are cool and
rainy. Average temperatures in summer range from 78F to 85F in
July and from 26F to 46F in winters. Mountains are usually
colder depending on the elevation.
Albania is a democratic republic. The head of the state is the
president, head of the government is a prime minister.
The legislative branch of the government is presented as an
The official language in Albania is Albanian, although many
people understand and speak Slavic languages, Italian and Greek.
Few people speak and understand English.
Religion in Albania
Albania is the only country in Europe that is predominantly
Muslim. Sunni Muslims make up 70% of the population, Greek Orthodox
make up 20% and Roman Catholic another 10%.
Many businesses are open between 8am and 4pm. Restaurants
usually work longer.
While on travel in Albania don't forget that tips are not included in the price of the order. If you find the
service satisfying leave about 10% of the order after paying the
bill. It is preferred to give the money directly to the waiter
instead of leaving it on the table.
Albanians usually nod for "no" and shake their head from side to
side for "yes". Don't confuse the two.
If you feel sick, broke your leg or have sharp unbearable pain
at your lower left abdomen suck it up and be a man. Going to
Albanian hospital will only make your suffering worse.
Numbers in Albania:
Road Administration: (42) 23 600
Traffic Police: (42) 34 874
Interesting facts about Albania:
Albanians call their land "Shqiperia" that means "land of the
eagles". Legend claims that the ancestors of the first Albanians
were in fact eagles who left their traditional homes in the
Albania is the only country in Europe that had more Jews after
the World War II than before its outbreak. In fact Albanian
resistance issued a warning in 1943 to anyone who can defend
Jewish refugees must offer any help they can. After all charity
is one of the five pillars of Islam.
-Albania is covered by UFO looking structures scattered all
around the country. These structures were constructed in the
1970's and 80's by the paranoid government who wanted to
provide a defensive structure for every Albanian family. It is
hard to say if they succeeded, but they certainly came close.
These forts can be found in every single corner of the city.
-Albanian King Zog I, Skanderbeg III of the Albanians survived
55 assassinations attempts during his long reign. On February
21st, 1931 he became the first head of the state who use weapon
to defend against an assassin who tried to shoot him when he was
leaving the Vienna State Opera House after performance of Pagliacci.
-Flag of Albania dates back to medieval times when it was a
symbol of resistance of Albanian armies against Ottoman Turkish