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Albania

Albania Albania

Population: 2.886.026 people
Region: Southern Europe (Search on Google maps)
Capital: Tirana
Country Code: AL

Money in Albania

Currencie(s): Albanian lek

Tipping: Very much expected almost everywhere. Leaving a tip of around 10% of the bill is customary in restaurants; even porters, guides and chauffeurs expect tips. Duty-free alcohol is often used as a type of tip for porters, bellhops and the like.

Corruption: Albania has a corruption score of 64/100.
If your itinerary runs through Albania, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, Albania scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.

Albania is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.82 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Albania

Language(s): Albanian

Food & Drinks in Albania

Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste the national dish: Tavë Kosi

Tap Water: Do not drink. According the the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - USA, Source), you might want to drink bottled water because travellers' diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera are among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water.

It's not just what you drink:

  • Check that natural bodies of water are safe before you swim
  • Be picky with the water you use to brush your teeth
  • Wash your dentures or ice your drinks
  • Keep your mouth closed in the shower, and always use soap!

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Albania is 18.

Religion in Albania

Albania is NOT considered as a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 39% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Muslim 70%, Albanian Orthodox 20%, Roman Catholic 10%

From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.

Sex & Relationships in Albania

Age of Consent: 14 years.
At the age of 14, an individual is considered mature enough in Albania to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Albania.

Albania scores a 0/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Albania are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.

Other practical tips for Albania

Timezone: UTC+01:00
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in Albania – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
When travelling to Albania, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!

Weather: Currently few clouds, with a temperature between 33 and 33°C (91.4 and 91.4°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 18.2 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Albania.

Fly to Albania

Planning a trip to Albania? Here is a list of 1 large airports you can fly to.

List of cities in Albania

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