Albania

Country Albania
Capital Tirana
Continent Europe
Currency Lek(ALL)
Languages Albanian

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Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, but was conquered by Italy in 1939. Communist partisans took over the country in 1944. Albania allied itself first with the USSR (until 1960), and then with China (to 1978). In the early 1990s, Albania ended 46 years of xenophobic Communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven challenging as successive governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, widespread corruption, a dilapidated physical infrastructure, powerful organized crime networks, and combative political opponents. Albania has made progress in its democratic development since first holding multiparty elections in 1991, but deficiencies remain. International observers judged elections to be largely free and fair since the restoration of political stability following the collapse of pyramid schemes in 1997; however, there have been claims of electoral fraud in every one of Albania's post-communist elections. In the 2005 general elections, the Democratic Party and its allies won a decisive victory on pledges to reduce crime and corruption, promote economic growth, and decrease the size of government. The election, and particularly the orderly transition of power, was considered an important step forward. Albania joined NATO in April 2009 and is a potential candidate for EU accession. Although Albania's economy continues to grow, the country is still one of the poorest in Europe, hampered by a large informal economy and an inadequate energy and transportation infrastructure.

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Albania pays last respects to Robert Elsie, folklore scholar - Sacramento Bee

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Albania pays last respects to Robert Elsie, folklore scholar
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Robert Elsie, a German scholar of Albanian literature and folklore, is being buried in Albania in accordance with his wishes. Elsie died Oct. 2 of motor neuron disease in Bonn, Germany. He was 67. His coffin was brought to the National Library in ...
Albania's trade gap increases 2.1% y/y in Jan-Sept - SeeNewsSeeNews
Albanian trade gap widens to 29 bln leke in September - Times of ...Times of India

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New Albanian securities exchange sees trading start by year end ... - Daily Mail

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New Albanian securities exchange sees trading start by year end ...
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By Benet KolekaTIRANA, Oct 18 (Reuters) - A new, private securities exchange in Albania should be up and running by year end after getting the central...
Robert Elsie's last wish comes true as Albanologist laid to rest in ...Tirana Times

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Trans Adriatic Pipeline Will Fuel Albanian Growth - Emerging Europe - Emerging Europe (blog)

Trans Adriatic Pipeline Will Fuel Albanian Growth - Emerging Europe
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The consortium constructing the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is investing a total of 800 million euros in Albania in 2017-2018, a sum which represents the ...

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The Capital of Albania Has Transformed Into a Lively, Affordable Destination - Vogue.com

The Capital of Albania Has Transformed Into a Lively, Affordable Destination
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There is nowhere to sit at the roomy Radio in Tirana, the capital of Albania. It's a Thursday night, a New Orleans–style band is cranking out swing tunes, and the tables, surrounded by a vintage stash of the bar's namesake electronic contraption, are ...



Albanian, Serbian clubs play away matches without fans - USA TODAY

Albanian, Serbian clubs play away matches without fans
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TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Partizan Belgrade will play without its fans against Skenderbeu in Albania in the Europa League, and the opposite will happen in the reverse match in Serbia. Skenderbeu president Ardjan Takaj says UEFA's request to not "create a ...

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Hot Travel: Tirana, Albania | Features | Travel | Hot Press - hotpress.com

Hot Travel: Tirana, Albania | Features | Travel | Hot Press
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Albania is the last undiscovered secret of Europe and the capital of Tirana is its heart. This fascinating city offers the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle and ...



Albania's economy picks up momentum in Q2 - CCEQ report - SeeNews

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Albania's economy picks up momentum in Q2 - CCEQ report
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TIRANA (Albania), October 18 (SeeNews) - Albania's economy continued to strengthen after a strong second quarter driven by foreign direct investment.
Ambassador Qirjako Kureta: Albania to take necessary steps to join ...Focus News

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Albania ultras supporter group told to stay away from Italy qualifier ... - ESPN FC

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Albania ultras supporter group told to stay away from Italy qualifier ...
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TIRANA, Albania -- Albanian police have told a group of home fans to stay away from the country's UEFA World Cup qualifier against Italy on Monday.
Albania fans' group told to stay away from World Cup qualifierThe Indian Express
Albania heightens security for qualifier soccer match with ItalyXinhua

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Albania Ex-Minister Accused in Drug-Smuggling Scandal :: Balkan ... - Balkan Insight

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Albania Ex-Minister Accused in Drug-Smuggling Scandal :: Balkan ...
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Former Albanian Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri is mentioned by alleged drug smugglers in newly-released transcripts of Italian police wiretaps, but he has denied ...

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WPI Albania Project Center Helps Propel Growth in a Developing Nation - WPI News

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WPI Albania Project Center Helps Propel Growth in a Developing Nation
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Born largely out of the passion of one faculty member, the WPI Albania Project Center launched in 2013 when 12 students traveled more than 4,400 miles from Worcester to Albania's capital city of Tirana to complete their Interactive Qualifying Project ...