Culture & Identity of Albania
Albania is fairly rural as nearly half the people in the country live outside the
cities. This is also noticeable in occupations as nearly half of Albania's population
works in the agricultural industry to some extent. This reliance on the land means
the people are focused on the lands and much of the daily way of life is dependent
on the lands, the seasons, and the weather.
For the farmers of the country, life is reliant on nature as most days begin and
end with the rising and setting of the sun. Weather and seasons also alter the daily
routine. For these people, the way of life is constantly changing as they must remain
flexible. Seasons also alter the lifestyle as the winters tend to mean less work
on the farm and less production, but also more free time and a chance to get away.
Despite the heavy reliance on nature for the farmers, just over half the working
population in Albania works in the industrial or services sectors. These jobs tend
to have more standard work days as many of these people work from about 8:00 am,
but lunch breaks and ending times vary. Some industries have long lunch breaks so
close as late as 7:00 or 8:00 pm, while others have shorter lunches so close earlier.
Schools tend to run from about 8:00 am to about 1:30 pm.