Moving to Albania

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

Although it is not necessarily a popular expat destination, those who do decide to relocate to Albania speak positively of the gorgeous beaches, sunny weather and low cost of living. Albania is a relatively safe country, though petty crime such as pick-pocketing occurs in major cities. Driving in Albania can be harrowing, and road accident rates are high compared to other European countries. 

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, textiles 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 one-fifth Albania's GDP and employing nearly half of its labour force. Chief agricultural products include wheat, olives and olive oil, fruit and various other produce. 

Albania is largely homogeneous with most of the population being ethnic Albanian, and the official language being Albanian. The majority of the country’s nearly 3 million people are Muslim. Expats moving to Albania should make a concerted effort to learn 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 it is still hampered by Soviet-era mismanagement. As the local curriculum is taught in Albanian, expats moving to the country largely choose to send their children to international schools and most international schools are found in the capital, Tirana.

Expat Health Insurance Partners

Aetna Global

Aetna is an award-winning insurance business that provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. Their high quality health insurance plans are tailored to meet the individual needs of expats living and working abroad.

Get a quote from Aetna International

Bupa Global

Bupa Global's international private medical insurance offers expats direct access to some of the very best doctors and hospitals in the world. Bupa is chosen by individuals who value expertise, freedom and quality. You can choose to see your preferred doctor close to home or a specialist in another country. Their health insurance plans are designed for day-to-day healthcare needs too.

Get a quote from Bupa Global