Albania is one of the smallest countries in the Balkan Peninsula within the peripheries of South Eastern Europe. Majority of the population is made up of Muslims while the remaining 20 percent is divided between Orthodox Christians and Catholics.
The country boasts of an impressive shoreline, pristine beaches and the world-renowned BUTRINT National Park which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. That is why the New York Times and Rough Guides (travel website) named Albania in the Top 10 Best Places to Visit for 2014.
Unfortunately, Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe with an outstanding debt of 60 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product in 2013. Furthermore, Transparency International, a graft supervisory body, published a report in 2012 that Albania was the most corrupt country in the EU during that period. Unemployment remains high while foreign investment is relatively minimal.
Population. Ranked 137th in 2013.
GDP per capita. Ranked 97th in 2012.
27,400 sq km
Sq. km. Ranked 138th in 2008.