GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Albania, on Southeastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula, is a small country with Adriatic and Ionian coastlines and an interior crossed by the Albanian Alps. The country has many castles and archaeological sites. Capital Tirana centers on sprawling Skanderbeg Square, site of the National History Museum, with exhibits spanning antiquity to post-communism, and the frescoed Et’hem Bey Mosque.

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COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

3,170,000

RELIGION

Muslim, Albanian Orthodox, Roman Catholic

CAPITAL

Tirana (367,000)

LIFE EXPECTANCY

74

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $4,400

AREA

28,748 square kilometers (11,100 square miles)

LANGUAGE

Albanian, Greek

LITERACY PERCENT

87

FABIO'S REVIEW

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I spent a month in Albania in 2005, to visit my father who was working there at the time. It is not a holiday destination, as it has few tourist attractions (mainly some medieval castles); however, in terms of living there, the costs are much lower than its Western neighbors, and it is just a few hours’ drive away.

For many years, Albanian migrants have crossed the Adriatic sea on makeshift rafts to reach Italy in search for a better life: now the process seems to have reversed, as more and more Italians travel to Albania due to its lower cost of life and expanding business opportunities…

LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

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BERAT

Berat is a city located in south-central Albania. It is the ninth-most-populous city in Albania by population (32,606) and also one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities.

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KRUJA

Kruja was the de facto capital of Skanderbeg. Due to its high position, it was possible to communicate from there to other castles of the country by using light/fire signs.

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PETRELÉ

Petrelë is a village and a former municipality 15 km south of Tirana, in central Albania. It is part of the Tirana County. Since the 2015 local government reform, it became a subdivision of the Tirana municipality.

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TIRANA

Tirana is the capital and largest city of Albania (858,262 inhabitants). It is mostly surrounded by hills, with the Dajti Mountain on the east and a slight valley opening on the north-west overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

BERAT

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Berat is a city located in south-central Albania. It is the ninth-most-populous city in Albania by population (32,606) and also one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities.

KRUJA

Fabios-LifeTour-Albania-2005-August-Kruja-Kruja-City-20423-COVER-1

Kruja was the de facto capital of Skanderbeg. Due to its high position, it was possible to communicate from there to other castles of the country by using light/fire signs.

PETRELÉ

Fabios-LifeTour-Albania-2005-August-Petrelle-20102-COVER-1

Petrelë is a village and a former municipality 15 km south of Tirana, in central Albania. It is part of the Tirana County. Since the 2015 local government reform, it became a subdivision of the Tirana municipality.

TIRANA

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Tirana is the capital and largest city of Albania ((858,262 inhabitants). It is mostly surrounded by hills, with the Dajti Mountain on the east and a slight valley opening on the north-west overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

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