The district of Tirana and in general the area of central Albania - Elbasan and Durazzo - hold the highest price for agricultural land in Europe.
According to data reported by Eurostat, the average price of a land in Europe amounts to approximately 63.000 € per hectare, therefore 6,3 € per meter-square.
In Albania, on the other hand, the average price of a meter-square - for example in the villages of the district of Tirana - varies on average from 70 euros to 90 euros per meter-square, according to data provided by Real Estate expert Xheni Jahja at Albanian newspaper Gazeta Shqip.
Albanian prices are ten times higher than the European average. All this is justified, explains Jahja, for some reasons: firstly, the lack of detailed regulatory plans that would eliminate the 'abuses' that owners make in the price offer they are about to launch.
Above all, every day citizens face inflated offers that do not fit the market's demand. Secondly, the high price of rural land is due to the continued demand for development of large industrial areas, which continue to search for land on which to expand their activities.
Industry experts believe that the cause of the deformation of the prices of these lands is the construction of buildings, which does not respect the regulatory plans.
Many lands, in fact, destined exclusively for agricultural purposes, after the fall of the communist regime, changed their intended use without state supervision.
The lands in Europe
According to Eurostat data, the Netherlands - in the 2016 - registered the high purchase price for one hectare of land in the European Union (63.000 euro, therefore 6,3 per square meter). In Liguria, however, the price is even higher: the land, in fact, costs around 108.000 euro per hectare, 10,8 euro per square meter.
On the other hand, instead, the cheapest average value was recorded in Romania, where one hectare of land costs on average 2000 euros (0,2 euros per meter-square).
In conclusion, Eurostat explains that the level of land prices depends on national, regional (climate) and local (soil quality, slope, drainage) factors.
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