Moving to Albania

Expats moving to Albania will find a country full of natural beauty but still struggling with the legacy of its Soviet past. While there have been positive signs of growth, Albania remains one of the poorest countries in Europe outside the former Soviet Union.

Although it is not necessarily a popular expat destination, those that do decide to relocate there speak positively of the gorgeous beaches, sunny weather and low cost of living.
 
The Albanian government has been working hard to rehabilitate the country's economy and global image. Currently campaigning for EU membership, Albania is already a member of prominent international organisations such as the UN and NATO.
 
More foreign businesses have migrated to Albania in recent years, and this has created some employment opportunities, especially in the areas of energy and transport infrastructure. The tourism industry is also rapidly expanding and has become one of the country's main sources of income. Nevertheless, agriculture remains the most significant sector, accounting for 21 percent of GDP and employing nearly half of the labour force. Significant agricultural products include figs, olives, maize and tobacco.
 
Albania is largely ethnically homogeneous with most of the population being ethnic Albanian, and the official language being Albanian. The majority of the country’s 2.8 million people are Muslim. Expats moving to Albania should make a concerted effort to understand and speak Albanian in order to converse with the local population, as most locals are unlikely to speak English.
 
Although efforts have been made to improve healthcare in Albania, the sector remains poor and underfunded. The state of education in Albania is gradually improving, but still shows lingering signs of its communist legacy. As the local curriculum is taught in Albanian, expats moving to Albania largely choose to send their children to international schools. The capital, Tirana, is the hub of the country's international schools.

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