Albania Country Overview
Where is Albania located?Albania, or ‘Republic of Albania’, is a country located in south-eastern Europe. It is relatively close to Germany and therefore also in the same region on the time zone map, which shows the official world time. It follows that there is no time difference between Germany and Albania. Both are one hour ahead of the official world time and both change clocks during the summer months to take advantage of more daylight.
As of 2023, the latest population of Albania is 2,875,787, based on our calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).
|Population growth rate||0.28%|
|Birth rate||13.20 births per 1,000 people|
|Overall life expectancy||77.77 years|
|Men life expectancy||75.16 years|
|Women life expectancy||80.67 years|
|65 years and above||12.23%|
|Median age||32.00 years|
|Gender ratio (Male to Female)||0.98|
|Population density||106.95 residents per km²|
|over 95% Albanians (Tosken and Gegen), minorities of Greeks, Aromanians, Macedonians, Montenegrins and Roma|
|Muslims 70%; Albanian Orthodox 20%; Catholics 13%; Others 1.4%|
|Human Development Index (HDI)||0.791|
|HDI ranking||69th out of 194|
People in Albania
Most of the country’s residents are Albanians. For every 100 people, 83 belong to this group.
This is divided again into the counter and the tosken. There are linguistic and cultural differences between these ethnic groups. At the same time, they are also distributed differently in the country. In the north more people belong to the counter, in the south most of the Tosken.
The largest minority in Albania are the Greeks, although it is believed that up to 70 percent of Albanian Greeks have emigrated to Greece since the 1990s, mostly for economic reasons. Although the Greeks are the largest ethnic minority, they officially do not even make up one percent of the population in Albania.
In the south of Albania still people who live to the Vlachs count. Their number should be around 10,000. They have their own language, Aromanian, and they often belong to the Orthodox Church. In Albania, however, many Aromanians are also non-denominational, as are members of other ethnic groups in Albania.
There are around 5000 Slavic Macedonians who have established their own small communities with their own schools in parts of Albania.
There are also around 8,000 Roma. They are the ones most affected by discrimination. Many members of the Roma live in poverty and are socially excluded. For example, in 2011 there was an attack on a Roma settlement that destroyed residents’ property and forced people from their homes.
Other minorities are the Bosniaks and people who have their roots in Serbia or Montenegro.
Languages in Albania
Albanian is spoken almost exclusively in Albania. Out of 100 people, one can roughly say that 99 have learned Albanian as their mother tongue. There are dialects that are a bit different, but people understand each other. Some of the Albanian-speaking people also speak one or more foreign languages.
A particularly large number of people speak Italian, as some radio and television programs are broadcast in this language. The world language English is also common and some also speak Greek. While Albania was under Soviet rule, Russian was taught, which is why some residents speak it.
Religions in Albania
Albania is not considered a very religious country. The largest religious community is formed by Islam, to which about 57 out of 100 people profess. 17 belong to the Christian faith, and within this group a distinction can be made between Roman Catholic, Albanian Orthodox and Protestant Christians.
But many in Albania either make no statement about their beliefs, are believers without religious affiliation or do not believe in a god at all.
There are hardly any conflicts between the religions and people of different beliefs live together mostly peacefully and in mutual respect.