Albania Population 2019

2,938,324

Albania is located in Southeastern Europe and is a member of the UN and NATO. Albania is one of the smallest countries in Europe with 28,700 square kilometers (11,000 square miles) of area, ranking 144th in the world.

In 2019, Albania has an estimated population of 2.94 million, and it is the 138th most populous country in the world.

Population Density and Surface Area

Albania is fairly densely populated for a small country of 28,748 square kilometers, with 102 people per square kilometer, or 39 people per square mile. This brings Albania to 144th in ranking for area and 105th in ranking for population density.

Capital and City Centers of Albania

Albania's capital, Tirana, has a population of 421,000, with a greater metropolitan population of 764,000. Other major cities include Durres (113,000), Korce (51,000), Elbasan (78,000) and Shkoder (95,000).

Albania Population History

Albania has a very low fertility rate of just 1.49 children per woman, and massive migration affected its demographics after the fall of Communism in 1990. Between 1991 and 2004, close to 1 million people left Albania, most destined for Greece, and population decreased in the North and South of the country and increased in Tirana and Durres.

Albania Demographics

Ethnicity is a delicate issue in Albania, and one that is debated. Official statistics show Albania is very homogeneous with more than 97% Albanian majority, but minority groups like the Roman, Greeks and Macedonians have questioned this data and claim a larger share. Three national minorities are recognized: Greeks, Macedonians and Montenegrins.

There are also two cultural minorities -- Aromanians and Romani -- and other Albanian minorities like the Bulgarians and Jews. The Greek government estimates 300,000 Greeks in the country, while the Albanian government claims just 60,000.

At the 2011 census, the population of Albania was officially 83% Albanian, 0.9% Greek, 0.2% Macedonian, 0.01% Montenegrin, 0.3% Aromanian, 0.3% Romani, 0.1% Balkan Egyptian, 14% no declared ethnicity and 1.6% not relevant.

Many minority groups have criticized the country's census law which imposes a $1,000 fine on anyone who declares an ethnicity that differs from what is on their birth certificate.

Almost 58% of Albanian's are Muslim, with a Christian population of 17%. About 25% of the population belongs to another religion or has no religion. While Albania was the only European country whose Jewish population grew during the Holocaust, the mass emigration to Israel has left just 200 Albanian Jews in the country.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 15 minutes
One death every 23 minutes
One net migrant every 65 minutes
Net gain of one person every 180 minutes

Albania Population in 2018Source: By ShkelzenRexha [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Albania Population Growth

Albania is currently growing very slowly, with a growth rate of just 0.34%. By 2030, Albania's population is expected to be 3.31 million according to the United Nations projections. These projections also predict a contraction of the country's population after 2032, with the population decreasing steadily until the end of the century.

Official NameRepublic of Albania
Languages SpokenAlbanian
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude4120
Currencies UsedAlbania Lek
DemonymAlbanian
Name Population Location
Tirana374,801Map
Durres122,034Map
Elbasan100,903Map
Vlore89,546Map
Shkoder88,245Map
Pogradec61,530Map
Fier-Cifci60,995Map
Patos60,000Map
Korce58,259Map
Fier56,297Map
Berat46,866Map
Lushnje41,469Map
Kavaje29,354Map
Lac24,825Map
Gjirokaster23,437Map
Patos Fshat22,679Map
Kruje21,286Map
Lezhe18,695Map
Kucove18,166Map
Kukes17,832Map

Albania Population Clock

The population of Albania (as of 6/18/2019)?2,938,324
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2019)2,938,428
Births Per Day93
Deaths Per Day63
Net Migrations Per Day -22
Net Change Per Day 8
Population Change Since January 1st1,344

Albania Population Estimator

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Estimate as of June 18th 2019 is: 2,938,283

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20192,938,42850.41%49.59%102.211380.14%
20182,934,36350.45%49.55%102.071380.14%
20172,930,18750.48%49.52%101.931390.13%
20162,926,34850.50%49.50%101.791380.10%
20152,923,35250.49%49.51%101.69139-0.12%
20102,940,52550.17%49.83%102.29138-0.92%
20053,079,17950.14%49.86%107.11136-0.28%
20003,121,97050.53%49.47%108.601330.10%
19953,106,73649.22%50.78%108.07129-1.09%
19903,281,45451.22%48.78%114.151252.04%
19852,966,79851.34%48.66%103.201252.04%
19802,681,23951.43%48.57%93.271252.15%
19752,411,22951.44%48.56%83.871262.31%
19702,150,59851.49%48.51%74.811252.55%
19651,896,12551.48%48.52%65.961242.99%
19601,636,05651.48%48.52%56.911242.87%
19551,419,97051.43%48.57%49.391272.37%
19501,263,17451.32%48.68%43.941270.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20202,942,03450.38%49.62%102.341380.00%
20252,946,99250.29%49.71%102.511400.03%
20302,933,41950.23%49.77%102.04141-0.09%
20352,895,45150.21%49.79%100.72143-0.26%
20402,833,05850.22%49.78%98.55146-0.43%
20452,753,27550.30%49.70%95.77147-0.57%
20502,663,59150.46%49.54%92.65148-0.66%
20552,570,05650.68%49.32%89.40149-0.71%
20602,473,66550.92%49.08%86.05149-0.76%
20652,373,50651.12%48.88%82.56150-0.82%
20702,268,38551.26%48.74%78.91150-0.90%
20752,159,04051.29%48.71%75.10150-0.98%
20802,048,79351.23%48.77%71.27151-1.04%
20851,940,54951.10%48.90%67.50152-1.08%
20901,837,28050.98%49.02%63.91152-1.09%
20951,741,93550.94%49.06%60.59152-1.06%
  1. Albania Institute of Statistics
  2. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1950, 1955, 1989, 2001 and 2011 censuses, with official population estimates through 2015, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer