Porta Palermo, Albania http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Albania,_Palermo_2.jpg Krzysztof Dudzik
Albania is a small Mediterranean country in southern Europe. The countries that share a border with Albania include Macedonia and Serbia to the north, Montenegro to the east, Greece to the south, and across the sea is Italy to the west.
Fast Facts about Albania
Official Name: Republic of Albania
Capital: Tirana (353,000)
Population of Albania: 3,079,000
Languages spoken: Albanian (official), Greek
Religions: Islam, Albanian Orthodox, Roman Catholic
From the end of World War II until 1992, Albania was a communist country. However, after the death of its communist leader Enver Hoxha, the communist party finally relinquished power and this led to the establishment of a multi-party democracy in Albania.
After years of isolation, Albania is working towards closer integration with the EU, and hope to be invited to join NATO in 2008. Travellers to Albania can expect a country that is pristine, or rather locked in time. Most visitors come to Albania to enjoy its coastal resort, though some venture further inland. There is only one international airport in Albania, and it's located in the capital of Tirana.
Albania is best visited in late spring or early autumn, when it is neither too hot. September is the best month to visit Albania, when fruits are in season, and the coastal resorts are less crowded than say July or August.
It is hottest in July (31 deg C) and coldest in January (6.7 deg C). The driest months are July and August while the wettest are November and December. Annual rainfall is 47 inches.
Cathedral of Korçë, Albania http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Korce_310.jpg Idobi
Church of St Mary of Vllaherna, Albania http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Church_of_St_Mary_of_Vllaherna.jpg Geoff Wong
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