Ranked eighth among Europe’s sunniest major cities via an average 2,544 hours of sunshine annually, Tirana is the Republic of Albania’s capital city.
A country in Southeast Europe and an outstanding applicant to join the European Union, Albania’s major exports are footwear, crude oil, clothing and chromium. All Albanian exports totaled US$1.9 billion during 2015.
Tirana is home to most of Albania’s major international corporations and is served by the Port of Durrës–one of the largest passenger ports along the Adriatic Sea.
Albania exported US$2 billion worth of products around the globe in 2016. Highest-value Albanian exports include footwear, clothing, crude petroleum oil, chromium and cement according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Tirana, Albania: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: National Historical Museum, Et`hem Bey Mosque, Skanderbeg Square, Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, Palace of Brigades and Olympic Park
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Tirana, Albania:
- Enca Haxhia, pop singer (born Oct. 19, 1995)
- Masiela Lusha, actress (born Oct. 23, 1985)
- Elvana Gjata, pop singer (born Feb. 3, 1987)
- Romela Begaj, Olympic weightlifter (born Nov. 2, 1986)
- Aldo Zadrima, chess champion (born Jan. 15, 1948)
- Edi Rama, former prime minister (born Jul. 4, 1964)
- Erjon Tola, Olympic Alpine skier (born Dec. 15, 1986)
- Tika Camaj, model (born Oct. 3, 1988)
- Panagiotis Kone, soccer/football player (born Jul. 26, 1987)
- Inva Mula, opera singer & actress (born Jun. 27, 1963)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Albania: Albanian
Population: 635,000 (Tirana)
Density: 19,242 people per square mile (7,430 per square kilometer)
Population: 3,038,594 (Albania)
Density: 287 people per square mile (111 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$32.65 billion in 2015 (for Albania, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $11,900
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Tirana were unavailable.
Official currency used in Tirana: Albanian lek
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 12, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on January 12, 2017
Current Results, Weather and Science Facts, Sunniest Cities in Europe. Accessed on January 12, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 12, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 1, 2017
Official Government Website, Tirana Municipality. Accessed on January 12, 2017
The World Factbook, Europe: Albania, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 12, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 12, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Tirana. Accessed on January 12, 2017
Wikipedia, Albania. Accessed on January 12, 2017
Including nearby communities, Tirana’s land area measures 33 square miles (85 square kilometers). The estimated population count for Tirana’s built-up urban area was 635,000 residents in 2015.
Albania’s population was 3 million inhabitants as of July 2016. The country’s land area was 10,578 square miles (27,398 square kilometers).
Population density is much more intense within Albania’s capital city with an average 19,200 people per square mile (7,400 per square kilometer).
Expanding the scope to Albania’s national borders, density shrinks drastically to an average 287 Albanians per square mile (111 per square kilometer).
Albanians celebrate their Independence Day (also called Flag Day) from the Ottoman Empire each November 28 since 1912.