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Tirana is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Albania. Tirana is Albania's major industrial centre. It has experienced rapid growth and established many new industries since the 1920s. The principal industries include agricultural products and machinery, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and metal products.Albania is in South Eastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea, between Greece in the south and Montenegro and Kosovo to the north. The climate is mild to temperate with cool, cloudy, wet winters and hot, clear, dry summers. The interior is cooler and wetter.The official language is Albanian. It is an Indo-European language that most foreigners will find difficult to understand or learn. An interpreter is essential. English, Italian and Greek are spoken by a few people. The main religions are Islam and Christianity.The economy of Albania is poor-performing by Western European standards, but is making the difficult transition to a more open-market economy from its communist past.In Albania traditional customs are widely respected, however less formality is becoming more common. Take note that shaking your head from left to right means 'yes', while nodding your head up and down means 'no'.The security risk for expatriates in Albania is low overall, but medium in the north. Risks include street crime (such as pickpocketing, mugging and carjacking), poor road conditions, inadequate signage, poor public transport and poor communications.The currency of Albania is the Albanian Lek (ALL). Major credit and debit cards are generally accepted in larger businesses, however smaller businesses and taxis often only accept cash. There are ATMs in Tirana and the main towns. There have been some cases of credit card fraud.Medical facilities are very poor, particularly outside Tirana.The population of Tirana is 862,000 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.3% for Albania as at October 2019.Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Albania is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 23%. The minimum monthly salary in Albania for PIT is ALL 24,000, and the first 30,000 is tax free.