Honestly, the Tirana is not even that bad... Most of the people saying bad things usually are just people that don't like Albania. But obviously there is the very strong Albanian Mafia, they are very similar to the early Sicilian mafia, very violent and hypersensitive and hates traitors. I go to Albania every year and I have never encountered the Albanian Mafia because I have not business with them... This is the same for anyone who goes there, you are not in danger unless you have business or bad history with the Mafia. Overall since Albania's new prime minister has come into place things have got a lot better, crime rates decreased, the city is looking better and you can feel safe walking at night and the nightlife in Tirana is very nice.
Seriously guys what country isn't safe these days, Tirana is amazing the gangs there mind their own business and within locals nothing to do with tourists. It's beautiful there especially in summer outside Tirana more the beach coasts. I was raised there and saw many things but you just get used to it like everywhere else in the world.
That is not true Albania is a very safe place I have been there multiple times, the respect this people have for foreigners is amazing.
I think that only showing off and being disrespectful might cause a whole turn on their characters
Albania has been a little dangerous in the 1990's. Now it is a really nice city. I'm not Albanian but I have been there and the people are really nice so is the city. Tirana should not be on the list. However many people do get robbed easily. Just stay away from back rounds and you should be fine.
It is very safe city I visit it very ofen and had no problems whatsoever.
Hard boys, brave boys, no chance to deal with them... Anyway you will not get into problems if you don't look at someones sister, wife or cousen... REMEMBER for an albanian the sister and cousen is the most important thing.
What he said, Albania is way too dangerous, even the car crashes are out of this world.
Is a bit boring. People are very two faced. Trying to look nice just to cheat you. Most of there thinks money just falls from the sky in other countries. Many greedy and selfish people. Nightlife is boring.
Crazy Albanians, be careful don't look at people directly and stare at them or you mean "you wanna f*** with me" most of kids have sharp items but here it's a tendency to use heavy irons and logs that crush you, has the highest violence/kill rates in family, robbery, street in all balkan. If you look no trouble and stay in the right place there is a low chance you will encounter any of this bad things.
I live here and if you don't mess with Gangs nothing gonna happend to you but if you mess with them you got to THINK first because this city is a real dangerous.
The Albanian maffia may be very dangerous but you should not be scared walking in Albania all by yourself, Albanians are very kind people just don't start any trouble
Northern Albania bad bad place to be. Not many people have ever heard of Albania. That's what makes it so dangerous
Its highly dangerous at night, include murdering in pubs, every time there are assaulting in bars at late night
Albanians are not that bad the mafia is very bad but if you don't offend anyone they won't hurt you its actually quite a beautiful city but he mafia is very dangerous careful
Come on guys it deserves the first place! Albanian mafia rules!
Albania is most country where you feel secure ther's no problems with forighners
I'm Albanian and I approve this message :/
I am Albanian and I love going there for holidays it is my favourite place to go I have been to Italy but I don't like it as much as Albania because all my family is in Albania and we have so much fun. - Kiarakola
Ugly country in general. Everything almost has a layer of dust on it, it's very dirty. Tirana is a small, boring, ugly city, and shouldn't have the title of a capital of a European country. The people are dirty criminals. Never feel comfortable there. There's everything from tons of poor Albanian thieves, to dirty, psycho killers.
I go there as I tourist people are very friendly and nice I don't know about this, that's not true
It is not any reason to live in albania a lot of corruption
Well honestly I was there like 100 times because my country is on the border with Albania, and yes I was in Tirana and everywhere in Albanian, not so impressed, but yet very beautiful seasides. I was in Tirana with my school and we were walking on the main Square Skenderbeu, when a homeless guy got beaten by a guy that was walking next to him and just few meters away was a police they never did anything! After a guy beat the homeless ( there are a lot of them) police approach and asked the homeless guy if he is ok. So yeah we as a kids back then were shocked!
I'm Albanian and I support Albania all the way.
DANGREOUS IS IN SUBURB OF TIRANA NOT IN THE CENTER... I AM FROM CANADA BUT I HAVE LIVE THERE
I sometimes forget that albania is in europe
Shouldn't be on the list safer than all other capitals in the Balkans, with the highest prosecution rate for criminals. Not factual, based on old stereotypes.