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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Pera Museum’s new exhibition explores socialist realism in Albanian art | Daily Sabah - Daily SabahPera Museum’s new exhibition explores socialist realism in Albanian art | Daily Sabah  Daily Sabah

Albanian president approves military deal with Turkey - Anadolu AgencyAlbanian president approves military deal with Turkey  Anadolu Agency

Photographer Catches Snapshot of Albanian Society Through "#999" Portraits Project - Exit - Explain AlbaniaPhotographer Catches Snapshot of Albanian Society Through "#999" Portraits Project  Exit - Explain Albania

Albania Seizes Assets of Media Mogul Accused of Drug Trafficking - OCCRPAlbania Seizes Assets of Media Mogul Accused of Drug Trafficking  OCCRP

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

Albania Courts Seize TV Stations Owned by Govt Critic - Balkan InsightAlbania Courts Seize TV Stations Owned by Govt Critic  Balkan Insight

Dua Lipa sparks controversy with 'Greater Albania' map tweet - BBC NewsDua Lipa sparks controversy with 'Greater Albania' map tweet  BBC News

The spirit of “Greater Albania” acquires Brussels substance - Modern DiplomacyThe spirit of “Greater Albania” acquires Brussels substance  Modern Diplomacy

Albania's War on 'Fear Mongers' Leaves Rights Activists Uneasy - Balkan InsightAlbania's War on 'Fear Mongers' Leaves Rights Activists Uneasy  Balkan Insight

Albania Has Reopened For Tourism – All Countries Welcome - Travel Off PathAlbania Has Reopened For Tourism – All Countries Welcome  Travel Off Path

Albania's Socialist-Led Parliament Changes Constitution, Ignoring Protests - Balkan InsightAlbania's Socialist-Led Parliament Changes Constitution, Ignoring Protests  Balkan Insight

Over 20 Election Officials Arrested in Albania for 2017 Vote Manipulation - Balkan InsightOver 20 Election Officials Arrested in Albania for 2017 Vote Manipulation  Balkan Insight

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

Iran: The MEK in Albania - NCRI - National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)Iran: The MEK in Albania - NCRI  National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

11.65 million Euros for Albania's Earthquake Recovery - Albania - ReliefWeb11.65 million Euros for Albania's Earthquake Recovery - Albania  ReliefWeb

COVID-19 cases in Albania exceed 6,000 - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaCOVID-19 cases in Albania exceed 6,000 - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Albania’s parliament approves electoral reforms sought by EU - Seattle TimesAlbania’s parliament approves electoral reforms sought by EU  Seattle Times

Albania PM Faces Backlash Over Plan to Change Constitution - Balkan InsightAlbania PM Faces Backlash Over Plan to Change Constitution  Balkan Insight

Opposition parties and the EPP criticize constitutional changes in Albania - European Western BalkansOpposition parties and the EPP criticize constitutional changes in Albania  European Western Balkans

29 Years Since Albanians Stormed Ship in Vlora, Bound for Bari - Exit - Explain Albania29 Years Since Albanians Stormed Ship in Vlora, Bound for Bari  Exit - Explain Albania

Is Dua Lipa an Albanian nationalist? Probably not, but her Greater Albania post was a mistake - Emerging EuropeIs Dua Lipa an Albanian nationalist? Probably not, but her Greater Albania post was a mistake  Emerging Europe

Albania to offer 3 bln leks (24.3 mln euro) of 3-yr govt bonds on Aug 10 - SeeNewsAlbania to offer 3 bln leks (24.3 mln euro) of 3-yr govt bonds on Aug 10  SeeNews

Comdata Albania Honored as One of the Best Companies to Work For in Albania For 2020 - Business WireComdata Albania Honored as One of the Best Companies to Work For in Albania For 2020  Business Wire

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

105th Birthday of Queen Geraldine, Queen of Albania for 354 Days - Exit - Explain Albania105th Birthday of Queen Geraldine, Queen of Albania for 354 Days  Exit - Explain Albania

Mother Teresa and Albanian Christianity are intertwined - study - University of BirminghamMother Teresa and Albanian Christianity are intertwined - study  University of Birmingham

Tirana Promises Albanians Abroad Voting Rights in Elections - Balkan InsightTirana Promises Albanians Abroad Voting Rights in Elections  Balkan Insight

Gender Gap: Why Men Are Failing Albania's Judicial Vetting - Balkan InsightGender Gap: Why Men Are Failing Albania's Judicial Vetting  Balkan Insight

Albanian Parliament Votes Against President's Impeachment - The New York TimesAlbanian Parliament Votes Against President's Impeachment  The New York Times

Albania transfers IS terror cell suspect to Germany - KTIVAlbania transfers IS terror cell suspect to Germany  KTIV

The Latest: Albania open to tourists, reports more cases - WBRZThe Latest: Albania open to tourists, reports more cases  WBRZ

Blue crab invasion spells doom for Albanian fishermen - Phys.orgBlue crab invasion spells doom for Albanian fishermen  Phys.org

AP PHOTOS: Unemployed at home, Albanians wait to leave - Associated PressAP PHOTOS: Unemployed at home, Albanians wait to leave  Associated Press

Albania Saw a 71% Drop in Tourist Arrivals during June 2020 - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbania Saw a 71% Drop in Tourist Arrivals during June 2020  Exit - Explain Albania

Albanian Forest Fires Started to Make Way for Construction Say Senior Officials - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian Forest Fires Started to Make Way for Construction Say Senior Officials  Exit - Explain Albania

France Sends Back 219 Albanians Who Overstayed or Sought Asylum in Schengen - SchengenVisaInfo.comFrance Sends Back 219 Albanians Who Overstayed or Sought Asylum in Schengen  SchengenVisaInfo.com

Half of Albanians Don't Believe Albania Is Ready to Join EU - Exit - Explain AlbaniaHalf of Albanians Don't Believe Albania Is Ready to Join EU  Exit - Explain Albania

Forest Fires Rage Across Albania as Temperatures Continue to Rise - Exit - Explain AlbaniaForest Fires Rage Across Albania as Temperatures Continue to Rise  Exit - Explain Albania

Várhelyi met with Albania's Chief Negotiator for EU integration Zef Mazi - European Western BalkansVárhelyi met with Albania's Chief Negotiator for EU integration Zef Mazi  European Western Balkans

UNDP Provides Activities for over 300 Roma and Non-Roma Children in Albania - Exit - Explain AlbaniaUNDP Provides Activities for over 300 Roma and Non-Roma Children in Albania  Exit - Explain Albania

Albania Media Council Slams TV Channels Seizure by Special Police Units as 'Attack on Free Speech' - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbania Media Council Slams TV Channels Seizure by Special Police Units as 'Attack on Free Speech'  Exit - Explain Albania

COVID-19 Test Required for Albanians and Kosovars to Enter Montenegro - Exit - Explain AlbaniaCOVID-19 Test Required for Albanians and Kosovars to Enter Montenegro  Exit - Explain Albania

OTP's Albanian unit sees after-tax profit fall 5% y/y in H1 - SeeNewsOTP's Albanian unit sees after-tax profit fall 5% y/y in H1  SeeNews

Montenegro Albanians Fail to Unite Despite Diaspora's Plea - Balkan InsightMontenegro Albanians Fail to Unite Despite Diaspora's Plea  Balkan Insight

Flights From Albania And North Macedonia Will Only Land At Athens Airport - GreekCityTimes.comFlights From Albania And North Macedonia Will Only Land At Athens Airport  GreekCityTimes.com

Comment: Why Albania Should Join Montenegro and Kosovo to Ban Female Genital Mutilation - Exit - Explain AlbaniaComment: Why Albania Should Join Montenegro and Kosovo to Ban Female Genital Mutilation  Exit - Explain Albania

Greek Minority Of Northern Epirus Continually Harassed By Albanian Nationalists - GreekCityTimes.comGreek Minority Of Northern Epirus Continually Harassed By Albanian Nationalists  GreekCityTimes.com

MEPs urge Albanian Parliament to adopt the agreed electoral reform - European Western BalkansMEPs urge Albanian Parliament to adopt the agreed electoral reform  European Western Balkans

Albanian star Velaj enjoying the best of both worlds - FIFA.comAlbanian star Velaj enjoying the best of both worlds  FIFA.com

In Pictures: North Macedonia Albanians March “for Democracy” - Balkan InsightIn Pictures: North Macedonia Albanians March “for Democracy”  Balkan Insight

Cyprus bans Albanian citizens from entry in country - report - SeeNewsCyprus bans Albanian citizens from entry in country - report  SeeNews

Ali Ahmeti: Albanian PM 'is in North Macedonia's Interests' - Balkan InsightAli Ahmeti: Albanian PM 'is in North Macedonia's Interests'  Balkan Insight

Kosovo, Albania People Give US Leadership the Highest Approval Ratings in Europe - Exit - Explain AlbaniaKosovo, Albania People Give US Leadership the Highest Approval Ratings in Europe  Exit - Explain Albania

Why Does The Athens Municipality And NGO's Help Islamist's When They Forget About The Greeks In Northern Epirus? - GreekCityTimes.comWhy Does The Athens Municipality And NGO's Help Islamist's When They Forget About The Greeks In Northern Epirus?  GreekCityTimes.com

Albanian Media Council Condemns "Ad Hominem" Attack on Journalist Sonila Meco - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian Media Council Condemns "Ad Hominem" Attack on Journalist Sonila Meco  Exit - Explain Albania

Albanian Prime Minister Makes More than Double His Salary by Selling His Art - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian Prime Minister Makes More than Double His Salary by Selling His Art  Exit - Explain Albania

Number of Coronavirus Victims in Albania Quintupled After Reopening - Exit - Explain AlbaniaNumber of Coronavirus Victims in Albania Quintupled After Reopening  Exit - Explain Albania

Albania Begins Preparing for Early Flu Vaccination as Part of Coronavirus Management Plan - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbania Begins Preparing for Early Flu Vaccination as Part of Coronavirus Management Plan  Exit - Explain Albania

Albanian Government Accused of Ignoring Freedom of Information Requests about COVID-19 Pandemic - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian Government Accused of Ignoring Freedom of Information Requests about COVID-19 Pandemic  Exit - Explain Albania

Everything you need to know about Dua Lipa's 'Greater Albania' map controversy - The Calvert JournalEverything you need to know about Dua Lipa's 'Greater Albania' map controversy  The Calvert Journal

Greece Conducting 9000 COVID-19 Tests Each Day at Its Points of Entry - SchengenVisaInfo.comGreece Conducting 9000 COVID-19 Tests Each Day at Its Points of Entry  SchengenVisaInfo.com

Albania is Source Country for Victims of Modern Slavery in UK - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbania is Source Country for Victims of Modern Slavery in UK  Exit - Explain Albania

North Macedonia: top Albanian summoned on Kosovo war crimes - Minneapolis Star TribuneNorth Macedonia: top Albanian summoned on Kosovo war crimes  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Albanian Socialist majority gives up attempt to impeach President Meta - European Western BalkansAlbanian Socialist majority gives up attempt to impeach President Meta  European Western Balkans

Between Tirana and Tehran - The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)Between Tirana and Tehran  The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)

Sheikh Mohamed offers condolences to Albanian PM over death of his mother - Khaleej TimesSheikh Mohamed offers condolences to Albanian PM over death of his mother  Khaleej Times

Women’s footballer Wai Yuen-ting leaves Albania after historic season - South China Morning PostWomen’s footballer Wai Yuen-ting leaves Albania after historic season  South China Morning Post

Judge questions sanctuary for immigrant in Detroit church - The Detroit NewsJudge questions sanctuary for immigrant in Detroit church  The Detroit News

Seven suspected illegal migrants who arrived in Plymouth were 'Albanian nationals' - Plymouth LiveSeven suspected illegal migrants who arrived in Plymouth were 'Albanian nationals'  Plymouth Live

Rally outside church where Albanian man has received sanctuary for more than two years - FOX 2 DetroitRally outside church where Albanian man has received sanctuary for more than two years  FOX 2 Detroit

The Erimitis debate | Comment | ekathimerini.com - www.ekathimerini.comThe Erimitis debate | Comment | ekathimerini.com  www.ekathimerini.com

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

Man holed up in Detroit church seeks 'mercy' as hearing nears - The Detroit NewsMan holed up in Detroit church seeks 'mercy' as hearing nears  The Detroit News

Albania Holocaust memorial honors locals who protected Jews - The Associated PressAlbania Holocaust memorial honors locals who protected Jews  The Associated Press

Executive Board Approves US$190.5 Million in Emergency Support to Albania to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic - International Monetary FundExecutive Board Approves US$190.5 Million in Emergency Support to Albania to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic  International Monetary Fund

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

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 Resumes International Flights for Some EU Countries - SchengenVisaInfo.comAlbania Resumes International Flights for Some EU Countries  SchengenVisaInfo.com

Cities: Where the fight for a green recovery will be won or lost - Modern DiplomacyCities: Where the fight for a green recovery will be won or lost  Modern Diplomacy

Albania PM Calls Kosovo Leader's Indictment 'Shameful Stain' - Voice of AmericaAlbania PM Calls Kosovo Leader's Indictment 'Shameful Stain'  Voice of America

GIZ ORF-EE working together with associations of municipalities towards sustainable urban mobility - Balkan Green Energy NewsGIZ ORF-EE working together with associations of municipalities towards sustainable urban mobility  Balkan Green Energy News

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

Migrants in Albania: Begging for food, hiding from violence - InfoMigrantsMigrants in Albania: Begging for food, hiding from violence  InfoMigrants

President von der Leyen at the Albania Donors' Conference - EU NewsPresident von der Leyen at the Albania Donors' Conference  EU News

Albanian man arrested over alleged social media calls to kill Israelis - EuronewsAlbanian man arrested over alleged social media calls to kill Israelis  Euronews

Mother Teresa – the roots of a saint - The TabletMother Teresa – the roots of a saint  The Tablet