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Albania, officially the Republic of Albania, is a country in South Eastern Europe. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west, and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. It is a parliamentary democracy and a transition economy. Albania is divided into 12 administrative divisions called Counties, 36 districts and 351 municipalities. Each region has its Regional Council and is composed of a number of Municipalities and Communes, which are the first lev...el of local governance responsible for local needs and law enforcement.
With its coastline facing the Adriatic and Ionian seas, its highlands backed upon the elevated Balkan landmass, and the entire country lying at a latitude subject to a variety of weather patterns during the winter and summer seasons, Albania has a high number of climatic regions for so small an area. The coastal lowlands have typically Mediterranean weather; the highlands have a Mediterranean continental climate. In both the lowlands and the interior, the weather varies markedly from north to south. The lowlands have mild winters, averaging about 7 °C. Summer temperatures average 24 °C.
The country is a member of the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Council of Europe, World Trade Organization, and Union for the Mediterranean. It is also a potential candidate for membership in the European Union and received a NATO membership invitation on 3 April 2008. Full member status is expected to be achieved in 2009.
Tirana is the capital of Albania. Located in Southeastern Europe, between Greece in the south, Montenegro and Kosovo to the North, and Macedonia in the Northeast. Tourists usually find Tirana a beautiful and charming city, with a lively night life. Tirana suffers from pollution problems, mainly due to the rapid increase in cars in the city. There are many excellent, inexpensive restaurants in Tirana serving all kinds of food. Tirana also features many historical buildings, and a strange sensation of the meeting between Europe and the Orient. About 70% of Albania's population are nominally Muslim, but very few practice their religion. The BBC called Albania a rich blend of cultures and religions with breathtaking natural beauty and pristine beaches. The city and country are very friendly to tourists. They are completely closing the central square to autos soon which will make the center of town even more pedestrian and tourist friendly. The average citizen speaks little English.
Durres is the second-largest city of Albania. It is the most ancient and one of the most economically important cities of Albania. It is located on the central Albanian coast at about 33 km (21 mi) west of the capital Tirana. It is situated at one of the narrower points of the Adriatic Sea, opposite the Italian ports of Bari (300 km/186 mi away) and Brindisi (200 km/124 mi away). It has a population of around 114,000. The city of Durres is home to Albania's newest public university, the Aleksander Moisiu University. It has the largest amphitheater in the Balkans. It is currently the largest port of Albania and has the longest shoreline.
The modern name for the city is the Albanian form Vlore or Vlora. Vlore was created in antiquity as a Greek colony in the territory of Illyria. In early 20th century, Vlore was referred to in English as Avlona or by the Italian name Valona.
Elbasan (Albanian: Elbasan or Elbasani) is a city in central Albania. It is located on the Shkumbin River in the District of Elbasan and the County of Elbasan. It is one of the largest cities in Albania, with a population of around 100,000 and an area of 1,290 km².
Shkodër (Albanian: Shkodër or Shkodra; see the etymology section for other names), is a city located on Lake Shkodër in northwestern Albania in the District of Shkodër, of which it is the capital. It is one of the oldest and most historic towns in Albania, as well as an important cultural and economic centre. As of 2008 the current population is 228,000 including the surrounding region, villages and mountains.
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