Albania Quick Facts
Population: 3.6 million
Languages: Albanian, Greek, Vlach, Romani, and Slavic dialects.
Religions: Muslim 70%, Albanian Orthodox 20%, Roman Catholic 10%.
Currency: Albania Leke (I USD = 95.6 ALL)
Size: 28,748 sq km, slightly smaller than Maryland or slightly smaller than Belgium.
Location: Southeastern Europe.
Neighbors : Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo.
Climate: Mild temperate; cool, cloudy, wet winters; hot, clear, dry summers; interior is cooler and wetter.
Albania is today celebrating Independence Day. It became independent from the Ottoman Empire on November 28, 1912.
A long Mediterranean coastline at the Adriatic Sea and a mountainous countryside make this country strikingly beautiful.
Despite its location in the middle of the established Mediterranean hot spots, Albania has been a remote and hard to access destination due to its political isolation that lasted until the early 1990s. Things have changed quickly since then, but Albania still has a distinctly different feel from that its neighbors and it has vast areas of undeveloped land.
The perhaps most well known Albanian person internationally is the Nobel Prize winner Mother Theresa who became famous for her work among the poor in Calcutta, India.
Click on the YouTube movie below to watch a video Discover Albania.