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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7 reasons to go to Albania - Metro Newspaper UK

Metro Newspaper UK

7 reasons to go to Albania
Metro Newspaper UK
Roy Ayers, Todd Terje and The Black Madonna are all at the new week-long boutique festival Kala, taking place in Albania for the first time on Dhërmi Beach from Wednesday. Alongside three stages playing disco, jazz and techno, there's a focus on ...



9477 new businesses register in Albania in the first 5 months of 2018 - Xinhua

9477 new businesses register in Albania in the first 5 months of 2018
Xinhua
TIRANA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- A total of 9,477 new businesses were registered during in Albania in the first five months of 2018, Albanian General Directorate of Taxation informed on Sunday. According to GDT data, the highest number of businesses, a ...



Albania's Jan-May trade gap widens 3% y/y - SeeNews

SeeNews

Albania's Jan-May trade gap widens 3% y/y
SeeNews
TIRANA (Albania), June 18 (SeeNews) – Albania's trade deficit expanded by 3% year-on-year in the first five months of 2018, reaching 124 billion leks ($1.14 billion/983.1 million euro), the statistical office, INSTAT, said on Monday. Exports rose 18.4 ...



Albania: Why it's time to put this ancient country on your holiday wish-list - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Albania: Why it's time to put this ancient country on your holiday wish-list
Telegraph.co.uk
Of forays to states as niche as Uzbekistan and Tajikistan – and, in safer decades, into now-troubled Afghanistan, Syria and Libya. But for all our passport stamps and wanderlust, none of us has any prior experience of Albania – a country which, we are ...



Albania's central bank emergency intervention not enough to stop euro's free fall - Tirana Times

Tirana Times

Albania's central bank emergency intervention not enough to stop euro's free fall
Tirana Times
Economy experts say Albania's central bank intervention is expected to have limited effects on the exchange rate regime considering the huge presence of euros in the local market and an expected increase of inflows as the tourist season enters its peak ...



Women's Silver #EuroLeague: Sweden Downs Austria for Gold; Albania Nabs Bronze - VolleyMob

VolleyMob

Women's Silver #EuroLeague: Sweden Downs Austria for Gold; Albania Nabs Bronze
VolleyMob
The final two matches of the Silver League wrapped up today, putting a close to both Golden and Silver on the Women's and Men's sides. Completing the final day's was Sweden earning gold, followed by Austria for Silver and Albania for Bronze. The win ...



Newsroom AEC Albania - Council of Europe (press release)

Council of Europe (press release)

Newsroom AEC Albania
Council of Europe (press release)
During the training representatives from the General Directorate for the Prevention of Money Laundering, Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority, Ministry of Justice, Prosecution Office, Albanian State Police, Central Bank of Albania, commercial banks ...



Albania says FYROM name deal good for wider region - www.ekathimerini.com

www.ekathimerini.com

Albania says FYROM name deal good for wider region
www.ekathimerini.com
Officials in Albania have hailed the agreement between bordering Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to end their decades-long name dispute as good for the whole Western Balkans region. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama called his ...



Kings to open international school in Albania - The PIE News

The PIE News

Kings to open international school in Albania
The PIE News
For Sapaud director Eda Basha, the partnership with Kings will allow the group to fulfil its ambitions to foster Albania's international outlook. “Albania is a very small country, which is all the more reason for us to have a global outlook,” she said ...



Albanian who sneaked into the UK on the back of a lorry and conned his way into top job with police by claiming to ... - Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Albanian who sneaked into the UK on the back of a lorry and conned his way into top job with police by claiming to ...
Daily Mail
He has spent six years there hiding from the UK authorities he once worked for – even boasting of his experience with the British police to gain security work in Albania. Ironically, Soca – now part of the National Crime Agency, nicknamed the British ...