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About the Country

How would you describe the Albanian culture?

Albania has a Mediterranean culture, social and warm. You will find people welcoming and helpful. You will also find people passionate in discussions.  While individuals may appear argumentative, they are purely passionate.

In Tirana, the generation gap between the 18 to late 20 year olds and those over 40 is broad.  Communism fell in the early 90s. With influences from the West, Albania’s young have grown up in world quite distinct from that of their parents and grandparents.

How do Albanians feel about internationals?

The Albanian government is strongly pro-western (European Union and the United States). Expatriates from Western nations generally enjoy a great deal of respect from the Albanian people.

What is the population of Albania? Of Tirana?

Albania’s population is roughly 3.5 million. Tirana has a population of about 1 million.

How stable is the Albanian government?

Albania is classified as a ‘developing democracy.’ The government is stable with two main parties.

What is the weather like in Tirana?

Tirana has basically two seasons. May through October, the weather is warm to hot and humid. Temperature vary from 23 C ( 73 F) to 31 C (88 F).  Summer temperatures may reach 40 C (100 F). A mix of sunshine and rain describe November through April. Temperatures vary from 2 C (35 F) to 19 C (66 F). It is rare for snow to fall in Tirana. Most people talk about the cold inside, as few buildings and homes have central heating. This is, however, changing.

What is Albania’s currency?

Albania’s currency is the leke. Coins are in values of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100.  Paper bills are in denominations of 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000. Below are the current rates in realtime provided by

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