Albania is a land of contrasts. Even though it’s not very big, the experiences vary from one city to the other. Different cities have their own traditions which are quite exceptional. These big differences are due to the lack of infrastructure. This isolation continued until the 20th century. Today not only foreigners but also Albanian themselves are curious to know about traditional music, dances, dresses, food and architecture from different cities in north or south.
Area = 28 748 km2
Capital city = Tirana
Population = 3 000 000 habitants (95% Albanian, 5% other minorities like Romanian, gypsies, Greeks, Macedonian and Serbian).
Population’s density = 95 habitants / km2
Life expectancy = 80,3 (females); 82 (males)
Unemployment rate = 13%
Currency = lek (ALL)
Political system = Parliamentary Republic
GDP per capita = 4900 USD
Official language = Albanian (there is a big difference between the dialects of north and south, Geg and Tosc respectively)