Albania, a country also known as The Republic of Albania, is located in Southeast Europe. The capital of Albania is Tirana. There is an estimated current population of around 2.9 million residents in this Mediterranean-climate country.
Albanian is the official language of Albania. However, many residents speak this in addition to other languages such as Italian, Greek and English. It is very common for residents of Albania to speak at least two, if not more languages.
- Albania’s International Airport got its name ‘Nene Tereza’ from the famous humanitarian Mother Teresa. She was best known for helping poor of Calcutta.
- The Albanian flag is red and black featuring a large double-headed eagle.
- The local name of Albania is ‘Shqiperia’, which can be translated to ‘Land of the Eagles’.
- The southern portion of Albania shares a coastline and culture with Greece. The beaches in this area are popular with locals and tourists alike.
- The northern portion of Albania includes mountains that are so rough and remote that residents actually abandon their homes in the mountainous regions in the winter, and return during summer months.
- Albania is one of the only majority Muslim nations in Europe.
- In Albania, nodding the head means no, and shaking the head means yes.
- The emblem in the national flag of Albania is that of two eagles and the name in the local language means “the land of eagles”.
- The ancient city of Butrint is a World Heritage Site.
- In the early times, Albania used to be known as Illyria.