Language: Official language is Albanian. Most of the people speak a foreign language. Every young person speaks English, or Italian, or French, or German, language.
Leke (1 Leke = 100 Qindarka). There are 10, 20, 50 and 100 Leke coins, and 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 5,000 Leke banknotes.
Don't be confused when people say 1000 Leke and they mean only 100 Leke. (it is old measuring)
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies and hotels. Banking hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays banks are opened until 1 p.m.
Credit cards : All the banks in the town and some hotels accept credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa).
Voltage of city power grid – 220V, frequency 50Hz
Water: Tap water is potable throughout Albania.
The telephone code for Albania is +355 and for Pogradec is 83
Customs regulations of the Republic of Albania are in line with the standards of European Union countries. Foreign currency is freely brought in and taken out of the country. More expensive professional and technical equipment should be registered at the border. Dogs and cats, accompanied by their owner, need to have an International certificate from a registered veterinarian stating that at least 15 days and not more than six months have passed since their vaccination against rabies.
There is a hospital and some clinics in town and first aid clinics and pharmacies as well. Foreign tourists do not pay for medical services.
You can travel, by taxi, minibuses or bus. Train is a little bit slow, but if you like to see Albania and you have time enough you can take it from Pogradec train station, Guri i Kuq, in the morning at 4.50 and at 12.50. Most of the taxies doesn't have a taximeter, so it is better to discus the price in advance.
Some Albanian words:
Albanians appreciate when you speak their language. If you cannot speak it fluently, at least try to learn some words:
||You fal-emi- nderit
||Nat'n e meer
||Naten e mire
|How are you?
||Yam nga ..
||Ju befte mire
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