Is Albania safe to visit?

Albania is one of the safest countries in Europe.

Theft, assault, burglary, robbery rates, etc. in Albania are one of the lowest in Europe and the world. Men and women can walk alone in the streets of any city at any time of the day or night in the country and be completely safe. There are no off-limit/ghetto areas anywhere in the country.

The people are very kind and welcoming. They will go out of their way to try to help you even if they can't speak your language.

Besides all the positives, Albania isn't perfect. Drivers are dangerous here and you need to pay attention to cars while driving, walking or waiting to cross the road on foot.
Stray dogs are not as big a problem in 2023 as they were before, but if you happen to encounter them, you need to be careful.

Another thing you need to pay attention to are people who try to overcharge for a service or product. Try to avoid paying in euros or USD and rather convert your money to LEK in an official money exchange.

Below you can find some official crime rate statistics from Eurostat about Albania and other European countries.

Map of thefts per 100k people in Europe - 2020

Assault rates in Europe - 2018

Car thefts in Europe - 2018

Burglary rates in Europe - 2018

Robbery rate in Europe - 2019

Drug related offences in Europe - 2020

Reported occurrence crime in Europe - 2019

However, just like in any other country around the world, it's essential to exercise normal security precautions during your stay.

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