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ALBANIA AT A GLANCE

Country name : Albania
Conventional short form : Albania
Etymology : Medieval Latin name of the country called by its inhabitants Shqipëri (literally “land of eagles,” from shqiponje “eagle”)

Status : Indipendent republic since 1925

Languages Albanian, Italian, English

Population 2.873 million

Religion Orthodox Christian, Muslim, Catholic

Goverment Parliamentary democracy

Main political parties : Socialist Party of Albania, Democratic Party of Albania, Socialist Movement for Integration, Party for Justice, Integration and Unity, Social Democratic Party of Albania

President Ilir Meta ( since 24 July 2017 )

Prime Minister Edi Rama

Municipalities 61

Capital Tirana

Other major towns Durres, Shkoder, Elbasan, Vlore, Berat etj

Border countries Montenegro, Kosovo, Greece, Macedonia

Area 28,748 km²

National parks  : Butrint  National Park , Valbone Valley National Park, Lagoon of Karavasta, Tomorr National Park, Prespa National Park

UNESCO protected area Butrint (1992,1999), Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra

Total length of roads 759km

Airports : 1 ( Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Tiranës )

Highest point : Korab 2,764 metres

Lowest point : Adriatic Sea 0 m (0 ft)

Time GMT+1

Currency Lek (ALL)

International telephone code +355

Flag is a red flag with a silhouetted black double-headed eagle in the center.

National anthem Himni i Flamurit

National flower Red Poppy

National animal Golden Eagle

National holidays January 01 ( New Year’s Day ), January 02 ( Day after New Year’s Day ), March 14 ( Summer Day ), March 22 ( Nevruz ), April 21  ( Easter (Catholic) ), April 28 ( Orthodox Easter Day ), May ( 01 Labour Day ), June 05 ( Eid Al Fitr ), August 12 ( Eid Al-Adha ), September 05 ( Mother Teresa Day ), November 28 ( Indipendence Day ), November 29  ( Liberation Day ), December 08 ( National Youth Day ), December 25 ( Christmas Day )

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