Population (Census 2011): 2,800,138
Area: 28,748 km sq
Climate: Albania has a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry and mild wet winters.
Weather in Albania: Hottest month is August, up to 40 C, the coldest month is January, with temperatures as low as -2 C.
Albania is located in southeastern Europe in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula and covers an area of about 28,748 square km. Placed in a strategic geographic position Albania is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo-northeast, Macedonia-east, Greece-south and southeast, Italy – 72 km (50 miles) across the Adriatic Sea.
Albania has a population of 2,800,138 inhabitants (CENSUS 2011). The country has enjoyed a high sustained rate of economic growth over the past several years, averaging about 5–6 per cent per year, placing Albania into the group of countries with a high Human Development Index (0.749).
Throughout the transition period Albania has been faced with a number of complex challenges in order to establish stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law and human rights as well as to operate a functioning market economy and to cope with competition and market forces.
With the completion of Corridor VIII, the expected implementation of the gas pipeline project TAP, with further development of infrastructures capacities of the leading ports, Albania will connect Mediterranean hub ports and European markets they serve, with the Balkan Region and further with the markets surrounding the Black Sea. Albania represents a considerable market in the region due to several agreements on free trade with neighbor countries and European Union, as well as an attractive investment destination.