There are more than 3, 020, 209 people living in Albania. According to the Central Intelligence Agency, Albania is made up of many ethnic groups: 56.7% Muslims, 10% Roman Catholic, 6.8% Orthodox and 2.5% atheist. This shows just how diverse Albanian people really are! Moreover, religious freedom is now widely practiced in Albania. This means that people are allowed to practice whichever religion they choose to. Albanian people are very open-minded when it comes to different religious perspectives. So if you’re looking to meet new people that are diverse and welcoming to others religion and beliefs, then meeting new Albanian people might not be a bad place to start!
Furthermore, Albanian citizens are amongst the most hospitable people in the world. If you are luck enough to get the chance to meet an Albanian person, always accept their offer to dinner. The majority of Albanian people are excellent cooks and they are all brilliant hosts. Most traditional Albanian cuisines are made up from meat, rice, beans and yoghurt. These ingredients are found in a large amount of dishes yet each offers a unique taste. Albanian hosts like to ensure that their guest feel welcomed and never leave hungry! So don’t be surprised if you are served enough food to feed the ten thousand!
Folk music is an important part of their culture and is enjoyed by Albanian people all around. The type of folk music heard differs depending on the region that you are visiting. In the North the music of the Ghegs can be heard whilst in the south Tosks sound are more popular. Albanian people enjoy gathering at their local restaurants or cafeterias to enjoy listening to the traditional beats and rhythms in their spare time. Of course modern music is also appreciated in Albania as well as classical genre. Composer Fan S Noli has produced some of the most stunning Albanian classical music. If you’re not blessed with the chance to experience it yourself, definitely have a listen on Youtube!
If you’re one of the lucky few that gets to visit Albania then the people are guaranteed to make sure you have an unforgettable experience. From their hospitality to their folk music, Albanian citizens know how to make you feel welcome and have a great time!