Republic of Albania • Republika e Shqipërisë
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.
There are a lot of great reasons to visit Albania, from the gorgeous blue waters on the Albanian Riviera along the coasts of the Ionian Sea and Adriatic Sea to the bustling cities of Durrës or Tirana.
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: 2.85 million (2020 estimate)
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