Time in Albania (Europe)

What is the time in Albania (Europe)

The analog clock above is displaying the current local time in Albania which is located in Europe. The zone time of Albania is UTC+1:00 hours CET or Central European Time. But between the months of March and October every year the government of Albania announces DST or Daylight Saving Time and the clocks are added with one hour to read UTC+2:00 hours CEST or Central European Summer Time. In October this extra one hour is removed and the clocks are reverted back to the Albania Time Zoneof UTC+1:00 hours CET. This is repeated every year. However, irrespective of the DST or not the analog clock above will show the current local time in Albania as this analog clock is also adjusted accordingly.

Population at this Time in Albania (Europe)

At this time in Albania, the total population is estimated to be 2,886,026 people in 2016. The 2011 census in Albania found 2,821,977 people living in the country with a population density of about 98 people per square kilometer. At this time in Albania the GDP is estimated in 2016 at $34.3 billion and per capita GDP is $4,444. The Capital of Albania is Tirana, which is also the largest city at this time in Albania. Tirana has 420,000 people living in it. The other main cities of Albania are Elbasan, Shkoder, Durres, Korce, Gjirokaster, Vlore and Kukes.

Area and Languages At this Time in Albania (Europe)

At this time the total area of Albania is about 28,748 square kilometers and is ranked at 143rd in the world. Water covers about 4.75 of Albaia. The Official language at this time in Albania is Albanian. The Albanian langage is a revised and merged form of two main dialects namely Gheg and Tosk of which Tosk is more prominent in Albanian. There is another dialect of Greek also spoken which is now lost in standard modern Greek. Other languages spoken by ehtnic minorities in Albania are Vlach, Serbian, Macedonian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Roma and Gorani. Most Albanians speak two languages. English, Italian and Greek are the most widely spoken languages.  Amazingly, Albanians in neighbouring Kosovo, Macedonia etc are fluent in Albanian and Serbian, Turkish, Slavic Macedonian and older Yugoslav languages too.

Climate at this Time in Albania (Europe)

At this time in Albania, the climate is wide and varied thanks to its coastline facing the Adriatic and Lonian seas with tis elevated landmass. At this time Albania has many weather patterns experienced relative to its landmass regions. Mediterranean climate is seen in the coastal low lands where as the coastal highlands have a Mediterranean Continental Climate. The temperatures are different inland purely because of the differences in the elevation of the land masses than their latitude variations. In winter the temperatures in the mountains are low caused by the continental air mass dominating the weather in the Eastern European and Balkans. The winds are predominantly northerly or north easterly mostly.

Although the temperatures are low in coastal areas, at higher elevation there are too many maximum day time temperature variations. Nights are known to be usually cooler. At this time Albania experiences heavy precipitation as a result of convergence of the airmass from Mediterranean Sea and continental air masses. Upward lifting vertical air currents cools the warm moist air and causes frequent thunderstorms with high local winds and heavy rains. The average rainfall at this time in Albania is about 100 cm to over 150 cm and that too happening in the Winter months. In the mountains the rainfall received is roughly 250 cm. The western Albanian Alps in Valley of Boga are considered to be the wettest in the entire Europe with over 310 cm of rainfall yearly.

Tourism at this Time in Albania

At this time in Albania, Tourism is flourishing as was shown in 2013. At that time in Albania, 10% of the Gross Domestic Product or National income came from Tourism and it is expected to increase exponentially. In 2012 at least 4.2 million tourists visited Albania from neighbouring countries and the European Union. Albania is described and recommended as a top level travel destination. Albania was alo nominated as number 4 in the global tourist destinations in 2014 by the New York Times. The tourist inflow at this time in Albania is said to be growing at a rate of 20% every year. The main attraction in Albania is the tourist industry spread along the Adriatic and Lonian Sea coast which has the most beautiful and pristine beaches because of which the place is called the Albanian Riviera the length of which is about 360 kilometers complete with lagoon areas.

The beaches are sandy, with capes, coves, covered bays, small gravel beaches, sea caves etc. The sea in these areas of Albania is amazingly clean ecologically with a lot of unexplored area which is very rare in the Mediterranean areas. Over 70% of Albania is mountainous at this time with beautiful valleys that spread into beautiful forests pastures, springs with high snow covered peaks making them tourist attraction. Add to this all the national parks at this time in Albania, along with its museums and world heritage sites of the UNESCO. At this time Albania has a flourishing Tourism Industry not seen in many countries around the world thanks to its natural beauty.

Government at this Time in Albania (Europe)

At this time in Albania, the government is Unitary Parliamentary type constitutional republic with a President and Prime Minister. The Albanian republic is actually a parliamentary democracy estiblished under a constitution as late as 1998. Once in 4 years elections are held for 140 seats unicameral Assembly of the Republic of Albania. The head of state of Albania is the President of the Republic who is elected for a 5 year term by the Assembly using a secret ballot which necessitates 50% plus one majority vote. The Assembly when not in session appoint the Chairman of the Council of Ministers or the Prime Minister. All executive powers rest with the council of ministers called the Cabinet. The Prime Minister is actually appointed by the President on the basis of the majority vote in Cabinet. The Assembly of the Republic of Albania is the sole lawmaking body at this time in Albania.

The assembly is chaired by a speaker. The assembly also has the power to decide domestic as well as foreign policy, declare war on another state, ratify or annul international treaties, approve or ammend the constitution, elect the Presedent of the Republic, the Supreme Court and the Attorney General. and their deputies, total control over the TV and radio or other broadcasting facilities, news agencies and all other official information media in Albania.

Why is it Named Albania?

Albania is the Latinization of a Gaelic name for Scotland, Alba. It may be derived from an ethnonym, Albanoi, which the name of an Illyrian tribe.  Some believe that the name Albania at that time would have been derived from the Proto Indo European root Albho which meant white which probably was referring to the snow capped mountains of Albania.  Some linguists also believe that Albania may be a non Indo European root  Alb which meant hill or mountain. It is also present in Alp which means mountain pasture.