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                                         by Graham Rhind



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Table of Contents

Albania - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



2 821 977 (2011) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Albania - Number format


(where , indicates the decimal separator and . the thousands separator)

Albania - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 19th March 2021

Languages of Albania

Albanian External, the official language, is spoken in two dialects - Gheg External, with 300 000 speakers mainly in the North, and Tosk External, with 2 900 000 speakers in the rest of the country. There are 60 000 Greek External-speakers in the south near to the Greek border; 30 000 Macedonian External-speakers along the border with Macedonia; 60 000 Macedo Romani-speakers and 60 000 Vlach Romani External-speakers.

Personal names in Albania


Albanian names are usually written:

   Given name[ ]Surname
   Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Albania - Company legal forms


Albania has four company legal types:

   General Partnership
   Joint Stock Company (Sh.A)
   Limited Partnership
   Limited Liability Company (Sh.pk) 
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Address formats of Albania


Albanian addresses follow this structure:

   Recipient information
   thoroughfare type[ ]Thoroughfare name
   building number[ ]sub-building indicators
   Postal code

For example:



The post office name is stated usually as well as the postal town in rural addresses:


Quotation marks are used when the street is named after a person, place or event, and is in the nominative case. Addresses may contain descriptors, such as "next door to the garage".

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

(Sub-)Building indicators and thoroughfare types


Below is a list of the most commonly occurring thoroughfare and building types for Albania:

Albanian English
apartament (ap.) apartment
bulevardi Boulevard
pallati (pall., p.) Apartment block
rruga (rr.) Street
shkalla (sh.) Stairwell
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Albania - Post office box


This is written kutia postare nr. (abbreviated to K.P.) in Albanian.

Albania - Postal codes


On 9th October 2006, Albania started introducing a 4-digit postal code (Kodi Postar) system. The system is still in its early stages and the code is unlikely to be often found in addresses.

The first two digits indicate a postal district, the last two a post office. The postal code cannot commence with 0.

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Albania - Postal code format graphic


Albania - Postal code format

Albania - Postal code specifics

Albania - Postal code regular expression


Albania - Postal code level of coverage


Albania - Place names


   Note: This section last updated 29th March 2015

The Greek-speakers living near the border with Greece have their own versions for place names in the region. Vlach-speakers also have their own versions of place-names.

Refer to Exonyms in Albania for full lists of place names in Albania in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Administrative districts of Albania


   Note: This section last updated 28th August 2015

Albania consists of 12 counties External (qarqe, singular - qark). These are:

    Qarku i Beratit External
    Qarku i Dibres External
    Qarku i Durresit External
    Qarku i Elbasanit External
    Qarku i Fierit External
    Qarku i Gjirokastres External
    Qarku i Korces External
    Qarku i Kukesit External
    Qarku i Lezhes External
    Qarku i Shkodres External
    Qarku i Tiranes External
    Qarku i Vlores External

Administrative districts graphic


Albania - Telephone numbers


Albanian geographic numbers (in full, when called from abroad) are 8 digits in length; mobile numbers are 9 digits in length. Mobile numbers have area codes commencing 6.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/albania/admin/ External 20230118

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