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Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, but was conquered by Italy in 1939 and occupied by Germany in 1943. Communist partisans took over the country in 1944. Albania allied itself first with the USSR (until 1960), and then with China (to 1978). In the early 1990s, Albania ended 46 years of isolated communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven challenging as successive governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, widespread corruption, dilapidated infrastructure, powerful organized crime networks, and combative political opponents.

Albania has made progress in its democratic development since it first held multiparty elections in 1991, but deficiencies remain. Most of Albania’s post-communist elections were marred by claims of electoral fraud; however, international observers judged elections to be largely free and fair since the restoration of political stability following the collapse of pyramid schemes in 1997. Albania joined NATO in April 2009 and in June 2014 became an EU candidate. Albania in April 2017 received a European Commission recommendation to open EU accession negotiations following the passage of historic EU-mandated justice reforms in 2016. Although Albania’s economy continues to grow, it has slowed, and the country is still one of the poorest in Europe. A large informal economy and a weak energy and transportation infrastructure remain obstacles.

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Albania's Most Popular Sights...
Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.
  • Albanian Riviera
    • Butrint Archaeological Park
    • Ksamil
  • Ruins of Appolnia – Fier
  • Berat
    • Berat Castle
    • Cobo Winery
    • National Ethographic Museum
  • Gjirokastra
  •  Shkodra
    • Rozafa Castle
    • Lake Shkodra
  •  Tirana
    • Skanderberg Square
    • National History Museum
    • Kruja Castle

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Berat
Dibërs
Durrës
Elbasan
Fierit
Gjirokastër
Korçë
  

Kukës
Lezhë
Shkodër
Tiranë
Vlorë

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Capital Tirana
Largest City Tirana
Government Parliamentary Republic
Currency Euro (€)
Area 28,748 sq km 2 ranked 143rd
Population 3,038,594 (July 2016 est.) ranked 137
Language Albanian 98.8% (official – derived from Tosk dialect), Greek 0.5%, other 0.6% (including Macedonian, Roma, Vlach, Turkish, Italian, and Serbo-Croatian), unspecified 0.1% (2011 est.)
Ethnic Groups Albanian 82.6%, Greek 0.9%, other 1% (including Vlach, Roma (Gypsy), Macedonian, Montenegrin, and Egyptian), unspecified 15.5% (2011 est.)
Religion Muslim 56.7%, Roman Catholic 10%, Orthodox 6.8%, atheist 2.5%, Bektashi (a Sufi order) 2.1%, other 5.7%, unspecified 16.2%
Electricity 230V, 50Hz (European plug)
Country code +355
Internet TLD .al
Time Zone UTC+1
Drives on the Right
Anthem Betimi mbi flamur  (Albanian) “Oath on the Flag”
Motto “Ti Shqipëri, më jep nder, më jep emrin Shqipëtar” (Albanian) “You Albania, give me honor, give me the name Albanian”
President Bujar Nishani
Prime Minister Edi Rama
Holidays and Observances in Albania in 2020
Date   Name Type
Jan 1 Wednesday New Year’s Day National holiday
Jan 2 Thursday New Year’s Day (Day 2) National holiday
Feb 14 Friday Valentine’s Day Observance
Mar 8 Sunday Mothers’ Day Observance
Mar 14 Saturday Summer Day National holiday
Mar 20 Friday March Equinox Season
Mar 22 Sunday Nevruz Day National holiday
Mar 29 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
Apr 10 Friday Good Friday Observance
Apr 11 Saturday Holy Saturday Observance
Apr 12 Sunday Easter Sunday National holiday
Apr 13 Monday Easter Monday Observance
Apr 17 Friday Good Friday (Orthodox) Observance, Orthodox
Apr 18 Saturday Easter Saturday (Orthodox) Observance, Orthodox
Apr 19 Sunday Easter Sunday (Orthodox) National holiday, Orthodox
Apr 20 Monday Easter Monday (Orthodox) Observance, Orthodox
May 1 Friday International Worker’s Day National holiday
May 24 Sunday Eid al-Fitr National holiday
Jun 20 Saturday June Solstice Season
Jun 21 Sunday Fathers’ Day Observance
Jul 31 Friday Feast of the Sacrifice National holiday
Sep 5 Saturday Mother Teresa Beatification Day National holiday
Sep 22 Tuesday September Equinox Season
Oct 25 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
Oct 31 Saturday Halloween Observance
Nov 28 Saturday Flag and Independence Day National holiday
Nov 29 Sunday Liberation Day National holiday
Dec 8 Tuesday National Youth Day National holiday
Dec 21 Monday December Solstice Season
Dec 24 Thursday Christmas Eve Observance
Dec 25 Friday Christmas Day National holiday
Dec 31 Thursday New Year’s Eve Observance