Albania Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting

Updated: 2019-05-04.

Republic of Albania • Republika e Shqipërisë

Albania is located in southeastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula bordering the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea, between Greece to the south and Montenegro and Kosovo to the north.

Albania has made progress in its democratic development since first holding multiparty elections in 1991, but deficiencies remain. Still, Albania joined NATO in 2009 and in 2014 became a candidate for accession to the European Union.

flag of Albania

Albania Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Albania – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Tirana (& largest city)

Population: 2.9 million (2017 estimate)

Language(s): Albanian

President: Ilir Meta

Prime Minister: Edi Rama

Currency: Lek (ALL)

Area: 28,748 km2 (11,100 mi2)

Dialing Code: +355

Time Zone: Central European Time “CET” (UTC+1)
•   DST/Summer Time: Central European Summer Time “CEST” (UTC+2)

Demonym: Albanian (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Shqipëri / Shqipëria (their name for their country)
Emergency Number: 112 (general number for police, fire, ambulance, etc.)

Drinking Age: 18

Smoking Age: 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 14

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: Plug Types C / F (define)

ISO Country Code: AL