50 Amazing Facts about Albania

In the Southeastern part of Europe lies a small country known as Albania. It is located within the Mediterranean Sea, where it shares borders with Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Greece.</p> <p>For the past 104 years, Albania has been a sovereign nation. During that period, it has grown in popularity as a tourist destination. It is a tourist attraction to Beachcombers, foodies looking for unique traditional cuisine, and history buffs looking for a rich cultural legacy. </p> <p>Albanian is the official language, and the country's dialing code is 355.</p> <p>Most individuals are unaware of the country's fascinating statistics and facts.

Here are 50 amazing facts about Albania

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Locals enjoy going for walks in the evenings. But this isn't simply a stroll. It's called xhiro, and it's an official evening walk where everyone in the neighborhood gathers to stretch their legs and catch up with their neighbors.
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An Albanian shows agreement with you by shaking his/her head. In case of a disagreement, he/she nods. Be forewarned and avoid being perplexed. No implies yes, and yes implies no.
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The country has a population of only 3 million people. Outside of Albania, there are now more Albanians than within its borders.
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Mother Teresa is regarded as the country's hero. She is also Albania's lone Nobel Laureate.
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Albania has had four republics. The current Republic of Albania is the fourth. On April 29, 1991, it was founded.
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Albania ranks fourth in the Balkans in terms of lowered unemployment rates.
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Mount Korab, which stands at 2,764 meters, is Albania's highest point. Albania shares this mountain with Kosovo and Macedonia, two other countries.
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Albania is home to Europe's oldest lake. Ohrid Lake is among the oldest bodies of water in the world.
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There are 13 tiny islands in the country. Only two of them are larger than a kilometer square. Kun and Sazan are the names of these two islands.
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A group of explorers from the University of Colorado discovered four glaciers in the country in 2009
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Biodiversity is abundant in this small country. The country is home to 3,250 plant species, accounting for about a third of all plant species found in Europe.
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Albania holds the second-largest oil reserves in the Balkans region. The country has the greatest oil reserves in Europe.
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The country is home to 91 animal species that have been designated as globally endangered. The pygmy cormorant, Mediterranean monk seal, and Dalmatian pelican are among them.
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Albania is one of the world's largest producers and exporters of chromium. It is also recognized for its coal, nickel, and copper production.
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Because of its pure and gorgeous beaches, the Ionian Sea shoreline is also known as the Albanian Riviera.
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The country's internet is one of Europe's fastest and cheapest. For example, ABcom is an Albanian ISP that charges around $2.4 per month for a 30mbit download package.
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Albania produces the most hydroelectricity in the world. Hydroelectricity provides all of the country's energy.
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There is only one international airport in Albania, which is located in Tirana. The airport is named after Mother Teresa and serves as the country's only international entrance point.
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The Port of Durres, Albania's largest and busiest seaport, is one of the Adriatic Sea's busiest passenger ports. Every year, it transports roughly 1.5 million passengers.
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Albania Radio and Television, which was founded in 1938, broadcasted the country's first radio broadcast in 1938. Later in 1960, television transmission began. There are currently 257 media outlets in the country.
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Apart from Armenian and Greek, Albanian is one of the three Indo-European languages that have survived.
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The country's main meal is the midday meal in Albania. It consists of the main meal of vegetables and meat, followed by a fresh vegetable salad. Albanians' healthy eating habits have helped to lower the country's obesity rate.
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Albania was ranked sixth in the world in 2011 for having the greatest literacy rate.
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Weightlifting is one of the most popular individual sports among Albanians. Many European and international weightlifting titles have been won by the country.
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The Tirana International Film Festival, which began in 2003, is the country's most important film festival.
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Albania's capital, Tirana, shares many characteristics with other European capitals, except for one. It's one of the few capitals that doesn't have a McDonald's (another is Vatican City)
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The national drink is raki, but beware! Raki prepared in the villages is roughly equivalent to three standard drinks.
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Wool, cotton, and silk are used in traditional Albanian clothing, with embroidered designs and emblems such as the silver and gold Albanian eagle.
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Minding your own business may not be popular in Albania, but it appears impossible when it comes to not staring at fellow Albanians. While going by, it's very usual to have a minor starring contest.
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When you're in Albania, you'll see an endless number of bunkers. More than 750'000 bunkers have been counted across the city, making it a unique feature of the nation.
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Interurban buses do not provide an exact schedule. They only leave if they are completely full or in good working order. You don’t have to worry; this is standard procedure.
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You're likely to get a gentle slap on the neck followed by some remarks right following a new haircut. Don't worry, nothing about it is personal. It's only a symbol of your beloved's prosperity.
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The Albanian currency is known as the 'Lek,' and it has the lowest trade value. What's more fascinating about this fact is how locals pronounce it, thus you should know about it before using it. If the number 10 is written, it is pronounced 100. When referring to Albanian 'Lek,' locals always add a zero. If you owe someone money, you should be cautious of what is known as "talking with the old method."
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Albanians have some strange cultural gestures that they use on a daily basis. Some of these are just done to show respect for elder family members in many families. Drinking water from a table is one of these strange customary acts. If you are both at the same table, you should not drink water at the same moment, regardless of what happens.
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Hookahs are too famous in Albania, just like cigarettes are. Hookah places are the greatest choice if you don't want to smoke every day but want to blow some smoke just for a picture.
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Cooking a dessert after someone has died may seem weird, but it is what it is. Cooking a dessert (called Halva) and sharing it with your relatives is a custom
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Albanians are likely to offer you to join them for a cup of coffee or a meal to pass the time. When it comes to paying for the table, the native Albanians and the foreigners can be distinguished.
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Albania has a pleasant climate, fertile soil, and a high number of working peasants, therefore plant growth is likely. Particularly in rural regions such as farms and villages.
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Only three million Albanians live in Albania, which has an estimated population of eight million people. The majority of the indigenous people have left the country to start a new life and have never returned.
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There is a lot to talk about when it comes to Albanian marriages. They must be large, with all of the family invited, a number of traditional steps to follow, and numerous additional discussions.
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Bad superstitions, especially among the elderly, are something that Albanians believe and fear. It is stated that if you do evil things, you will be surrounded by bad superstitions every day.
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First and foremost, every Albanian household has a method of serving tea that is revered. It's especially important if you have a large number of relatives or if you're a woman.
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In Albania, there is a pyramid with smaller dimensions that used to be the home of our dictator. Yes, a pyramid can be used as a home. It is the size of a three-story house and is situated in the capital city.
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You may discover a blue eye motif on Albanian’s necklaces, bracelets, shirts, and other items while in Albania. They use them as a defender sign to ensure that nothing unpleasant happens while we are outside.
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A butterfly is thought to belong to a deceased soul who wanders around in that form in our nation. This is just believed and uttered to ensure that the butterflies are not harmed.
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When you reach the age of 18, you are free to do whatever was previously illegal for you. Well, not quite everything... However, you should also consult your parents.
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Albania stands out from the crowd. On March 8th, they commemorate Mother's Day. Because a woman is a mother, a sister, and a friend, you may celebrate both Mother's Day and Women's Day.
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Albania's national symbol is an eagle. Come on, it's even in their flag. The eagle symbol represents strength, pride, and fearlessness.
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Skanderbeg, the most well-known and beloved historical figure, was an Albanian warrior who saved them from Turkish tyranny. What I admire the most is how he never lost his roots.
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Although it may appear strange, many Albanian men grow their pinky fingernails. Not all guys, but a significant proportion of older men continue to make this gesture, regardless of how offensive it may appear at times.

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