Doing business in Albania
Follow the leader
An important tip is always to allow your business partner to make the first move. For example, never buy alcohol as a corporate gift and don’t order alcohol until you have observed whether or not the person you are talking to does. The same goes for eating certain types of meat, or with your dress code.
Non-verbal communication can be very tricky in this country. Sometimes, people move their heads or hands in such a way that has a completely different meaning to us from the one that Albanians wish to convey. It is therefore best to try and keep non-verbal communication to a minimum and to try not to jump to conclusions too quickly. Also, make sure that you are very clear in your use of language in order to avoid being misconstrued. It could be advisable to take an interpreter with you or to hire one locally.
The language naturally plays a key role in doing business in this country. The only official language is Albanian, a unique Indo-European language. Our translation agency has access to professional translators who speak Albanian as their mother tongue. We will be happy to help you with translations of all the documents you need for your business.
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