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The Republic of Albania is in southeastern Europe. The official language is Albanian. Since transitioning from a socialist-styled government, Albania has developed a mixed economy with extensive trade ties with countries such as China, Italy, and Spain. Albania’s strategic location at the crossroads of major trade corridors in Europe makes it an ideal destination for expansion.

Employment contracts in Albania may be verbal or written. If verbal, the employer must prepare a written document that contains all the work-related details required in a written employment contract within 30 days. The written document needs to be signed by both the employer and employee.

The standard workday in Albania is eight hours and 40 hours a week. Employees under the age of 18 cannot work more than six hours a day. Employees receive 11 hours off between workdays.

Employees receive 14 days of sick leave at 80% sick leave pay in Albania. Employees also receive five days of paid leave for the death of a spouse, child or parent.

Female employees receive 365 days of paid maternity leave in Albania, with a minimum of 35 days taken before the birth and 42 days taken after. Male employees are entitled to up to four months of unpaid paternity leave for a child up to the age of six years old if they have one year of service.

Albania has a minimum wage. Performance-based bonuses are common in some industries.

Employees receive 20 days of paid vacation leave in Albania each year, which must be taken during the calendar year or in the first three months of the following year. Employees must take five days consecutively.

In Albania, the public holidays are:

  • New Year’s Day

  • New Year Holiday

  • Summer Day

  • Easter Sunday

  • Easter Monday

  • Orthodox Easter Sunday

  • Orthodox Easter Monday

  • Day of the Martyrs

  • Labor Day/May Day

  • Eid al-Fitr

  • Eid al-Adha

  • Mother Teresa Beatification Day

  • Flag and Independence Day

  • Liberation Day

  • National Youth Day

  • Christmas Day

Albania provides universal healthcare funded through mandatory payroll contributions and government funding. Employers may provide supplementary private healthcare insurance.

In Albania, termination of employment can occur during the probation period, at the end of a fixed-term contract, by mutual consent, by the employer (with or without cause) or by the employee. Notice periods range from two weeks to three months depending on the employee's length of service. Employees terminated without cause and with over three years of service are entitled to severance equal to 15 days for each year of service.

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