The official motto of Albania is: "The faith of the Albanians is Albanism".
Probably the most famous Albanian was Mother Teresa of Calcutta, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu.
Her middle name means 'little flower' in Albanian.
In 1995, drivers in the northern Albanian city of Shkodra refused to pay a newly imposed traffic light tax of 2,000 lek (about £14) on the grounds that their city had no traffic lights.
Albania has never won a medal at the Olympics. Alpine skier Erjon Toja was the sole Albanian at the Winter Olympics in both 2006 and 2010.
Albanian tennis player Imed Sejati laid a claim to be considered one of the least successful international sportsmen in history at the Mediterranean Games in Bari, Italy, in 1997.
After watching his first-round Moroccan opponent serve four straight aces past him in the opening game, Sejati replied with four successive double faults.
He then he retired, smiling.
There is only one heliport in Albania.