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Living Lab - Tirana

Tirana, the capital of Albania, is the largest urban centre in the country. Tirana has 780,531 inhabitants (from the 2016 census), who reside in an area of 1110 km2, and represent approximately 30% of the Albanian population.

The Albanian metropolis is the education and research hub of the country. It has the highest number of universities and schools, with approximately 52,000 students from all over the country going there to study.

Tirana is the economic centre of Albania and 40% of foreign capital invested in the country has been invested there. The capital of Albania is the country's model of successful change. It is also home to the largest shopping malls in the country, whilst also being its hub for artistic, cultural, social and sports activities.

With its nature, ecology and traditions, culture, folklore, archaeological sites from all periods, museums and historical monuments, Tirana offers opportunities for the development of various types of tourism.

Tirana Today

General Local Plan - Tirana 2030

The ‘’Tirana 2030’’ General Local Plan prevents the city growing beyond its current boundaries, due to the planting of an “orbital forest” of three million new trees.

Thanks to the creation of two green rings inside the central area of Tirana, suitable for cycling and walking, a big natural oasis around Lake Farka, and new green spaces alongside bodies of water, the amount of green space within the city has vastly increased.

The new World Square, which creates a large public space at the north end of the Boulevard Dëshmorët e Kombit, is just one of a series of new urban squares in which members of the public can enjoy cultural and leisure activities.

The General Local Plan is creating new areas of urban, economic, and social development inside the historic city and in suburban and rural areas. These are all important parts of Tirana's development into a new, polycentric metropolis.

Strategic Projects

‘’Skanderbeg’’ square transformation

‘’Skanderbeg’’ Square, the central square of Tirana, was transformed from a traffic roundabout with 100,000 cars passing by it every day into a pedestrian area. This has a surface area of 28,000 m2, alongside 2,200 trees, 4,500 bushes, 70,000 flowers, and 100 fountains.

The New Boulevard

The New Boulevard project is still in the implementation phase, but the first 450m are complete. The first section of the boulevard includes dedicated bike lanes for all bicycle users. Pedestrian and green spaces were also built, with over 300 new trees and 250 shrubs. In addition, an underground car park has been added - this has 328 spaces. The New Boulevard is being extended to lead up to Tirana River Park and will eventually be connected to the Great Ring. This work could serve to return the area to being one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Tirana. The project will be finished by the end of next year.

The ‘’Small Ring’’

The Small Ring Project was completed in 2016. It has been built with all road users in mind, including cyclists, pedestrians, drivers, and even has special features to ease the navigation of people with limited sight.

The ‘’Great Ring’’

The first section of Great Ring project has been completed and is open for vehicles. The new route it offers has solved issues related to traffic coming from ‘’Eagle’’ square and ‘’Kombinati’’ towards the city centre. It has also eased the problems faced by those travelling southeast through the centre.


The Municipality of Tirana followed the child-friendly policies for creation of long-term sustainable city. The central city square was transformed from roundabout to a pedestrian square and became main space for community gathering. The City promotes cycling, organizes “Car-free days”, invested in construction of bike lanes and launched the dock less bike sharing system. The online platform and mobile App give the real time information about traffic volume, urban transport network, parking payment, touristic attractions as well as citizen complaint report forms and city-related quick information. With construction of bike lanes and planting the trees, the City gradually paving the way for a better air quality.

Tirana was the runner-up for the "CIVITAS Transformations" Award 2018