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July 2010


Did you know...

- The Albanians call Albania ‘Squiperia’ or Republika e Shqiperise in full.


- For about 10 years (1968-1978) , Albania’s only ally in the world was China. After China, Albania had no allies and was basically more isolated than North Korea until 1991.


- Mother Teresa (Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu) is generally celebrated as the only Albanian to win a Nobel Prize, though born in Skopje in 1910 (now in Macedonia but then in the Ottoman Empire).


- Albania, Armenia and Vatican City are the only European countries without a McDonald’s branch.


- In 1995, drivers in the Albanian city of Shkodra refused to pay a new traffic-light tax on the grounds that their city had no traffic lights.


- Albanians nod their head up and down to mean ‘no’, and shake it from side to side for ‘yes’ like Indians and Bulgarians.


- King Zog of Albania (ruled 1928-39) was the only national leader in modern times to return fire during an assassination attempt.


- Albania had 3 million people but only 3000 cars at the end of the communist era in 1991 because private cars were illegal. Today, Albania has many cars and perhaps 1/3 are Mercedes of varying legal statuses.


- Albania has the second highest rate of sex selective abortion in the world, between India and China.

on the road
on the road
Lake Scutari
Towards Montenegro
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