Central and Eastern Europe
Albania travel, tour and vacation information
Background: In 1990 Albania ended 44 years of xenophobic communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven difficult as corrupt governments have tried to deal with severe unemployment, the collapse of a fraudulent nationwide investment scheme, widespread gangsterism, and massive refugee influxes from neighboring Kosovo.
Location: Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea, between Greece and Serbia and Montenegro.
Ethnic groups: Albanian 95%, Greeks 3%, other 2% (Vlachs, Gypsies, Serbs, and Bulgarians) (1989 est.) note: in 1989, other estimates of the Greek population ranged from 1% (official Albanian statistics) to 12% (from a Greek organization)
Religions: Muslim 70%, Albanian Orthodox 20%, Roman Catholic 10% note: all mosques and churches were closed in 1967 and religious observances prohibited; in November 1990, Albania began allowing private religious practice
Languages: Albanian (Tosk is the official dialect), Greek
If you are touring Tirana, Durres, Sarande or Shkoder on your vacation to Albania, visit the Albania Tourism site before planning your vacation.
Albania Tourism: http://www.albaniantourism.com
Soros Foundation Albania: http://www.soros.al | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry of Tourism - Albania
Bulevardi Deshmoret e Kombit 3
Telephone: +355 42 32445 or 27931 or 27935
Fax: +355 42 28254
Embassy of the Republic of Albania
1511 K St NW, Suite 1010
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone: +1 (202) 223-4942
Fax: +1 (202) 628-7342