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Interesting Facts About Albania

Albania (officially the Republic of Albania) is a Mediterranean country that is only 72km (45 miles) from Italy. Here are some interesting facts about Albania that you may not know!

Interesting Facts About Albania

  • Albania is a member of the United Nations, NATO and the World Trade Organization.
  • During the Middle Ages the Albanian people called their nation ‘Arber’ or ‘Arben’.
  • The Romans occupied Albania from 165 BC to 395 AD.
  • Italy invaded Albania during World World II.
  • About 95% of the total rain falls during the winter months.
  • Albania and Croatia plan to build a nuclear power plant to supply power to both nations.
  • Most Albanians (just over 70%) are atheists. About 18% are Christians.
  • The literacy rate is very good- 98.7%
  • Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Albania.
  • There are 66 radio stations and 65 television stations (3 of which are national) in Albania.
  • Albania has free national healthcare.
  • Albanians live to eat large salads with their lunch! It is usually full of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.
  • Albanians drive on the right hand side of the road.
  • The official motto of Albania is ‘the faith of Albanians is Albanism’.
  • Greeks make up about 1.2% of the total population of Albania.

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