• Officially: The Republic of Albania
  • Capital: Tirana


  • Population: 3.2 million
  • Major language: Albanian
  • Major religions: Islam, Christianity
  • Life expectancy 74 years (men), 80 years (women)
  • Currency: lek
  • Not a member of the EU
  • Not part of the Schengen zone
  • NATO member


  • A small, mountainous country in the southeastern Balkan peninsula, with a long Adriatic and Ionian coastline.
  • Shares land borders with Greece to the south,Β Republic of Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, North Macedonia to the east, and also has a coastline on the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea
  • Interior crossed by the Albanian Alps


  • The country has many castles and archaeological sites
  • European destinations that’s also one of the cheapest places to live in the world
  • Ranks fourth as one of the poorest countries in Europe
  • Not part of the EU due to the high level of corruption by government officials


  • Can stay 90 days without a visa. Residency permit required for longer stays.
    • Americans can stay for a whole year without a residency permit.
  • Unspoiled Albanian Alps
  • Tourism highlights include well preserved Greek and Roman ruins at Buthrotum.


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This page was last updated on 2021.03.18 by Robert Vinet