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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 Tourism Information…

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The Best of Albania…

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 Mu
Gjirokastra
 Shkodra Rozafa Castle
Lake Shkodra
 Tirana Skanderberg Square
National History Museum
Kruja Castle

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Albania Country Information…

Capital:

Tirana

Largest City:

Tirana

Government:

Parliamentary Republic

Currency:

Lek (ALL)

Area:

28,748 sq km2 (11,100 sq.mi.) ranked 143rd

Climate:

Mild temperate; cool, cloudy, wet winters; hot, clear summers; interior is cooler and wetter

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 C,F )

Telephone Code:

+355

Local Emergency Phone Number:

Ambulance: 17; Fire: 18; Police: 19

Internet TLD:

.al

Time Zone:

CET (UTC+1) Summer CEST (UTC+2) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Road Driving Side:

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:

Illir Meta

Prime Minister:

Edi Rama

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Holidays and Observances in Albania in 2020

Date NameType
Jan 1WednesdayNew Year’s DayNational holiday
Jan 2ThursdayNew Year’s Day (Day 2)National holiday
Feb 14FridayValentine’s DayObservance
Mar 8SundayMothers’ DayObservance
Mar 14SaturdaySummer DayNational holiday
Mar 20FridayMarch EquinoxSeason
Mar 22SundayNevruz DayNational holiday
Mar 29SundayDaylight Saving Time startsClock change/Daylight Saving Time
Apr 10FridayGood FridayObservance
Apr 11SaturdayHoly SaturdayObservance
Apr 12SundayEaster SundayNational holiday
Apr 13MondayEaster MondayObservance
Apr 17FridayGood Friday (Orthodox)Observance, Orthodox
Apr 18SaturdayEaster Saturday (Orthodox)Observance, Orthodox
Apr 19SundayEaster Sunday (Orthodox)National holiday, Orthodox
Apr 20MondayEaster Monday (Orthodox)Observance, Orthodox
May 1FridayInternational Worker’s DayNational holiday
May 24SundayEid al-FitrNational holiday
Jun 20SaturdayJune SolsticeSeason
Jun 21SundayFathers’ DayObservance
Jul 31FridayFeast of the SacrificeNational holiday
Sep 5SaturdayMother Teresa Beatification DayNational holiday
Sep 22TuesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason
Oct 25SundayDaylight Saving Time endsClock change/Daylight Saving Time
Oct 31SaturdayHalloweenObservance
Nov 28SaturdayFlag and Independence DayNational holiday
Nov 29SundayLiberation DayNational holiday
Dec 8TuesdayNational Youth DayNational holiday
Dec 21MondayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 24ThursdayChristmas EveObservance
Dec 25FridayChristmas DayNational holiday
Dec 31ThursdayNew Year’s EveObservance