Albania

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

Information

Introduction

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.

[+] Geography

[+] People

[+] Government

Video

Map


View Larger Map

References

Albania - Wikipedia
Albania - CIA World Fact Book
Albania - BBC
Albania - Timeline - BBC

Cities

Links

News Headlines

Google News
COVID-19 impact on Albania's private sector: taking stock, looking ahead - World Bank GroupCOVID-19 impact on Albania's private sector: taking stock, looking ahead  World Bank Group

Heavy rainfall increases Albanian power exports - Argus MediaHeavy rainfall increases Albanian power exports  Argus Media

OUTLOOK 2021 Albania - bne IntelliNewsOUTLOOK 2021 Albania  bne IntelliNews

EU vaccine rollout 'morally and politically unjustified', says Albania PM - EuronewsEU vaccine rollout 'morally and politically unjustified', says Albania PM  Euronews

Turkey, Albania upgrade ties to strategic partnership - Anadolu AgencyTurkey, Albania upgrade ties to strategic partnership  Anadolu Agency

Coronavirus Response - NATO HQCoronavirus Response  NATO HQ

The controversial recipe for building up Albania | BALKAN BLOG - bne IntelliNewsThe controversial recipe for building up Albania | BALKAN BLOG  bne IntelliNews

Albania carries out 1st vaccinations with donated doses - ABC NewsAlbania carries out 1st vaccinations with donated doses  ABC News

Albania's Rama cautiously balancing between Erdogan and Mitsotakis - New EuropeAlbania's Rama cautiously balancing between Erdogan and Mitsotakis  New Europe

Albania rescues 50 Syrian migrants heading for Italy by boat - Minneapolis Star TribuneAlbania rescues 50 Syrian migrants heading for Italy by boat  Minneapolis Star Tribune

'Turkish-built homes in Albania new sign of friendship' - Anadolu Agency'Turkish-built homes in Albania new sign of friendship'  Anadolu Agency

Syrian migrants rescued off Albanian coast - InfoMigrantsSyrian migrants rescued off Albanian coast  InfoMigrants

Albania kicks off vaccination against COVID-19 - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaAlbania kicks off vaccination against COVID-19 - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Albania helps families in flooded areas with food, water - Waco Tribune-HeraldAlbania helps families in flooded areas with food, water  Waco Tribune-Herald

Albania keeps COVID-19 restrictive measures in force as new cases rise_china.org.cn - China.org.cnAlbania keeps COVID-19 restrictive measures in force as new cases rise_china.org.cn  China.org.cn

Albania deputy minister resigns over 'various reasons' - Anadolu AgencyAlbania deputy minister resigns over 'various reasons'  Anadolu Agency

Albania races to rescue children from jihadist camp - BBC NewsAlbania races to rescue children from jihadist camp  BBC News

Albania to start COVID-19 immunisation with Pfizer vaccine in Jan - report - SeeNewsAlbania to start COVID-19 immunisation with Pfizer vaccine in Jan - report  SeeNews

Days of heavy rain cause flooding in western Albania - Minneapolis Star TribuneDays of heavy rain cause flooding in western Albania  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Remarks by Ambassador Kim at the Ceremony for the Donation of Flood Equipment to Albania's Directorate of Civil Emergencies - US Embassy in AlbaniaRemarks by Ambassador Kim at the Ceremony for the Donation of Flood Equipment to Albania's Directorate of Civil Emergencies  US Embassy in Albania

Could Albania begin EU Enlargement talks soon? - New EuropeCould Albania begin EU Enlargement talks soon?  New Europe

Albanian sentenced for urging removal of Turkish flag - Anadolu AgencyAlbanian sentenced for urging removal of Turkish flag  Anadolu Agency

Albania to offer 10.2 bln leks (83 mln euro) of one-year T-bills on Jan 19 - SeeNewsAlbania to offer 10.2 bln leks (83 mln euro) of one-year T-bills on Jan 19  SeeNews

Heavy snowfall causes flooding in Albania | Desh Videsh Top 10 - ABP LiveHeavy snowfall causes flooding in Albania | Desh Videsh Top 10  ABP Live

OPINION - Gregorian Church bears responsibility for disappearance of Karabakh's Christian Albanians - Anadolu AgencyOPINION - Gregorian Church bears responsibility for disappearance of Karabakh's Christian Albanians  Anadolu Agency

Albania to enforce curfew for holidays - report - SeeNewsAlbania to enforce curfew for holidays - report  SeeNews

Albania's KESH seeks building permit for 5.1 MWp solar park - SeeNewsAlbania's KESH seeks building permit for 5.1 MWp solar park  SeeNews

Albania creditors freeze aviation funds - GARAlbania creditors freeze aviation funds  GAR

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the USAID's US- Albania Transparency Academy - US Embassy in AlbaniaRemarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the USAID's US- Albania Transparency Academy  US Embassy in Albania

Miss Albania wins again | RACING.COM - Racing.comMiss Albania wins again | RACING.COM  Racing.com

How To Eurovision: Albania - Eurovision.tvHow To Eurovision: Albania  Eurovision.tv

Albanian Mafia Leaves Trail of Blood in Ecuador - Insightcrime.orgAlbanian Mafia Leaves Trail of Blood in Ecuador  Insightcrime.org

Erdogan’s great game: Turkish intrigue in the Balkans - Financial TimesErdogan’s great game: Turkish intrigue in the Balkans  Financial Times

Four Albanians are charged with money laundering and drug trafficking - Daily MailFour Albanians are charged with money laundering and drug trafficking  Daily Mail

BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2022 Southeast Europe: Welcome to Albania! - BoxscoreBMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2022 Southeast Europe: Welcome to Albania!  Boxscore

Anxhela Peristeri to represent Albania at Eurovision 2021! - Eurovision.tvAnxhela Peristeri to represent Albania at Eurovision 2021!  Eurovision.tv

Floods in Kosovo and Albania cut off access to villages, damage buildings - Gulf TimesFloods in Kosovo and Albania cut off access to villages, damage buildings  Gulf Times

How Albanian crime groups are turning Nottinghamshire warehouses and factories into large cannabis farms - Nottinghamshire LiveHow Albanian crime groups are turning Nottinghamshire warehouses and factories into large cannabis farms  Nottinghamshire Live

Albanian Prime Minister: Greece Has A Right To Extend Territorial Waters To 12 Nautical Miles - Greek City - GreekCityTimes.comAlbanian Prime Minister: Greece Has A Right To Extend Territorial Waters To 12 Nautical Miles - Greek City  GreekCityTimes.com

Inside the Walls of Tirana's Museum of Communist Surveillance - Exit - Explain AlbaniaInside the Walls of Tirana's Museum of Communist Surveillance  Exit - Explain Albania

OPINION - Albanian churches in Karabakh and endless Armenian lies - Anadolu AgencyOPINION - Albanian churches in Karabakh and endless Armenian lies  Anadolu Agency

Exclusive: Albanian criminal twice deported from Britain boasts on social media about his return to the UK - Telegraph.co.ukExclusive: Albanian criminal twice deported from Britain boasts on social media about his return to the UK  Telegraph.co.uk

Academy of Sciences of Albania adopts universal definition of anti-Semitism - Cleveland Jewish NewsAcademy of Sciences of Albania adopts universal definition of anti-Semitism  Cleveland Jewish News

'Toxic Political Climate' Could Lead to Political Violence and Extremism in Albania - Exit - Explain Albania'Toxic Political Climate' Could Lead to Political Violence and Extremism in Albania  Exit - Explain Albania

Quake info: Mag. 3.9 earthquake - Adriatic Sea, 6.8 km south of Himarė, Rrethi i Vlorės, Qarku i Vlorės, Albania, on Tuesday, 12 Jan 8:26 am (GMT +1) - 7 user experience reports - VolcanoDiscoveryQuake info: Mag. 3.9 earthquake - Adriatic Sea, 6.8 km south of Himarė, Rrethi i Vlorės, Qarku i Vlorės, Albania, on Tuesday, 12 Jan 8:26 am (GMT +1) - 7 user experience reports  VolcanoDiscovery

Albanian Police Arrest Three Persons for Migrant Trafficking - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian Police Arrest Three Persons for Migrant Trafficking  Exit - Explain Albania

106 Car Accidents a Day in Albania During 2020 - Exit - Explain Albania106 Car Accidents a Day in Albania During 2020  Exit - Explain Albania

Albanian Leaders Commemorate Kosovo's Recak Massacre - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian Leaders Commemorate Kosovo's Recak Massacre  Exit - Explain Albania

Rama Defends Salillari over Collapsed Road - Exit - Explain AlbaniaRama Defends Salillari over Collapsed Road  Exit - Explain Albania

Germany Is Not the Donor of COVID-19 Vaccines to Albania, Embassy Suggests - Exit - Explain AlbaniaGermany Is Not the Donor of COVID-19 Vaccines to Albania, Embassy Suggests  Exit - Explain Albania

Mailbag: Albanian point of view on Trump | Letters | democratherald.com - Albany Democrat HeraldMailbag: Albanian point of view on Trump | Letters | democratherald.com  Albany Democrat Herald

Is Frontex involved in illegal 'pushbacks' in the Balkans? - InfoMigrantsIs Frontex involved in illegal 'pushbacks' in the Balkans?  InfoMigrants

Smartmatic Qualifies as Sole Bidder for Electoral Identification Software in Albania - Exit - Explain AlbaniaSmartmatic Qualifies as Sole Bidder for Electoral Identification Software in Albania  Exit - Explain Albania

EP Kosovo Rapporteur Urges EU to 'Urgently' Address Serbia's Depopulation of Albanians - Exit - Explain AlbaniaEP Kosovo Rapporteur Urges EU to 'Urgently' Address Serbia's Depopulation of Albanians  Exit - Explain Albania

Double murder prompts Greek investigation into illegal adoption ring - Telegraph.co.ukDouble murder prompts Greek investigation into illegal adoption ring  Telegraph.co.uk

Skenderbeu striker Alfred Mensah scores for the fourth time in a row in Albania - Ghanasoccernet.comSkenderbeu striker Alfred Mensah scores for the fourth time in a row in Albania  Ghanasoccernet.com

Albanian Prosecution Creates Special Unit for Electoral Crimes - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian Prosecution Creates Special Unit for Electoral Crimes  Exit - Explain Albania

Albanian Daily News - albaniandailynews.comAlbanian Daily News  albaniandailynews.com

Albanian criminal network uncovered in Hainault and Ilford, say police | Time 107.5 fm - Time 107.5Albanian criminal network uncovered in Hainault and Ilford, say police | Time 107.5 fm  Time 107.5

Albanian dealers 'lured dad to empty house to take him out' - shooting him in head, jury hears - Teesside LiveAlbanian dealers 'lured dad to empty house to take him out' - shooting him in head, jury hears  Teesside Live

39-Year-Old Charged With Raping Minor Stepdaughter - Exit - Explain Albania39-Year-Old Charged With Raping Minor Stepdaughter  Exit - Explain Albania

Lezhe Prosecutor Dismissed by Vetting for Concealing Assets - Exit - Explain AlbaniaLezhe Prosecutor Dismissed by Vetting for Concealing Assets  Exit - Explain Albania

2022 BMW International GS Trophy going to Albania - Motorcycle News - MotoPinas.com2022 BMW International GS Trophy going to Albania - Motorcycle News  MotoPinas.com

Albania and Greece seek joint maritime border resolution from The Hague - DW (English)Albania and Greece seek joint maritime border resolution from The Hague  DW (English)

Albania's beloved brandy boosts morale - Global TimesAlbania's beloved brandy boosts morale  Global Times

Albania: This secretly built Cold War era tunnel is a major tourist spot now - Republic WorldAlbania: This secretly built Cold War era tunnel is a major tourist spot now  Republic World

Reja: Albania have to make qualification our dream - FIFA.comReja: Albania have to make qualification our dream  FIFA.com

IMF Staff Concludes a Remote Staff Visit to Albania - International Monetary FundIMF Staff Concludes a Remote Staff Visit to Albania  International Monetary Fund

Albania: How a lagoon became a frontline defence against climate change - UN EnvironmentAlbania: How a lagoon became a frontline defence against climate change  UN Environment

Reflections: An Unexpected Foray into Albania - The Foreign Service JournalReflections: An Unexpected Foray into Albania  The Foreign Service Journal

A future queen of Albania? - The EconomistA future queen of Albania?  The Economist

Udderly healthy: Donkey milk a hit in Albania - WIONUdderly healthy: Donkey milk a hit in Albania  WION

Donkey's milk proving popular in Albania during pandemic - CGTNDonkey's milk proving popular in Albania during pandemic  CGTN

€100 million for post-earthquake reconstruction in Albania - EU News€100 million for post-earthquake reconstruction in Albania  EU News

Germany imposes 10-day quarantine for travellers from Albania - report - SeeNewsGermany imposes 10-day quarantine for travellers from Albania - report  SeeNews

Vetting Dismisses Tirana Prosecutor for Failure to Justify Income - Exit - Explain AlbaniaVetting Dismisses Tirana Prosecutor for Failure to Justify Income  Exit - Explain Albania

Tourists travel secret tunnels of Albania's communist-era paranoia - Times of IndiaTourists travel secret tunnels of Albania's communist-era paranoia  Times of India

League of Ireland latest news as Dundalk land Albanian keeper and Derry City hope for David Parkhouse return - Irish MirrorLeague of Ireland latest news as Dundalk land Albanian keeper and Derry City hope for David Parkhouse return  Irish Mirror

Albania must implement legal framework to prevent corruption of ministers, their advisers and the police - Council of EuropeAlbania must implement legal framework to prevent corruption of ministers, their advisers and the police  Council of Europe

European Union helps Albania rebuild after devastating earthquake - PreventionWebEuropean Union helps Albania rebuild after devastating earthquake  PreventionWeb

Albania, Kosovo to remove borders: Premier - Anadolu AgencyAlbania, Kosovo to remove borders: Premier  Anadolu Agency

Albanian police easily disperse smaller anti-police protest - The Associated PressAlbanian police easily disperse smaller anti-police protest  The Associated Press

Albania reopens land borders, but mass gatherings still banned - ReutersAlbania reopens land borders, but mass gatherings still banned  Reuters

Fact Check: Is EU Bringing Back Visas for Albanians - SchengenVisaInfo.comFact Check: Is EU Bringing Back Visas for Albanians  SchengenVisaInfo.com

Albanian Psychologists Prohibit Anti-LGBT “Conversion Therapy” - Human Rights WatchAlbanian Psychologists Prohibit Anti-LGBT “Conversion Therapy”  Human Rights Watch

2021: Albania's EU bid hangs in limbo | Daily Sabah - Daily Sabah2021: Albania's EU bid hangs in limbo | Daily Sabah  Daily Sabah

Transcript of Interview with US Ambassador to Albania Yuri Kim - US Embassy in AlbaniaTranscript of Interview with US Ambassador to Albania Yuri Kim  US Embassy in Albania

Albania’s European Dream Is Just Out of Reach - BloombergQuintAlbania’s European Dream Is Just Out of Reach  BloombergQuint

US Embassy Statement on the Anniversary of the Earthquake that struck Albania in 2019 - US Embassy in AlbaniaUS Embassy Statement on the Anniversary of the Earthquake that struck Albania in 2019  US Embassy in Albania

Albania : Request for Purchase under the Rapid Financing Instrument-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Albania - International Monetary FundAlbania : Request for Purchase under the Rapid Financing Instrument-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Albania  International Monetary Fund

Albania joins FRA as observer - EU NewsAlbania joins FRA as observer  EU News

Albania's ailing tourism sector weeps for guests | BALKAN BLOG - bne IntelliNewsAlbania's ailing tourism sector weeps for guests | BALKAN BLOG  bne IntelliNews

GRETA: Albania makes progress in tackling human trafficking, but should do more - Council of EuropeGRETA: Albania makes progress in tackling human trafficking, but should do more  Council of Europe

Gent Sejko: Albania's economic and financial developments in 2019 - bis.orgGent Sejko: Albania's economic and financial developments in 2019  bis.org

Serbia and Albania Sign Deal on Freedom of Movement - Balkan InsightSerbia and Albania Sign Deal on Freedom of Movement  Balkan Insight

Albanians protest after police shoot dead man for violating COVID-19 curfew - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta PostAlbanians protest after police shoot dead man for violating COVID-19 curfew - The Jakarta Post  Jakarta Post

Press Statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Albania National Day - US Embassy in AlbaniaPress Statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Albania National Day  US Embassy in Albania

Albania's Edi Rama breaks with the EU - New EuropeAlbania's Edi Rama breaks with the EU  New Europe

Albania sticks to re-opening plan due to few virus cases - ReutersAlbania sticks to re-opening plan due to few virus cases  Reuters

In good spirits: Albania's beloved brandy boosts morale - FRANCE 24In good spirits: Albania's beloved brandy boosts morale  FRANCE 24