Albania has been included by the Numbeo portal - the world's largest quality of life database - among the cheapest European countries in terms of restaurants.
Specifically, the country of the Eagles is the fifth cheapest state in Europe (improved position compared to 2018) although it continues to be among the most expensive in the Balkan region. An average of 20,50 euros (2500 lek) is spent on a three-course lunch for two in Albania.
Kosovo remains the cheapest European country with an average of around 15,20 euros (1850 lek), followed by North Macedonia with an average of around 16,20 euros (1971 lek), Ukraine with an average of 18,30 euros around (2230 lek) and Serbia with an average of around 20 euros (2437 lek).
The picture of the Western Balkans is completed by Bosnia in sixth place with an average of around 20,70 euros (2527 lek) and Montenegro in twelfth place with an average of 24,60 euros (3000 lek).
The most expensive countries
Switzerland is, according to Numbeo, the most expensive European country for a three-course meal for two with an average of around 91,80 euros (11.188 lek). Iceland follows with an average of around 91,55 euros (11.159 lek) while Norway closes the podium with an average of around 78,60 euros (9600 lek).
Behind Norway, however, there is Denmark with an average of about € 67,60 (8240 lek) which precedes the top 10 in the Netherlands, Ireland, Finland, Belgium, Malta, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The average for Italy is around 50,50 euros (6156 lek).
The quality of life
In terms of quality of life in general, Albania is in 32nd place in Europe, therefore preceding Serbia, Bosnia, Romania, Belarus, Moldova, North Macedonia, Ukraine and Kosovo, but behind Bulgaria and Montenegro.
At the top of the ranking, however, are the "usual suspects": respectively, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Luxembourg and Denmark, which precede Ireland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Finland (Italy in 13th position).