Albania

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

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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.

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Albania - Wikipedia
Albania - CIA World Fact Book
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Training is the only hope for Albania's struggling weavers - Livemint - LivemintTraining is the only hope for Albania's struggling weavers - Livemint  Livemint

Albania's flights resume after 2-day airport closure - Associated PressAlbania's flights resume after 2-day airport closure  Associated Press

Albania sells 3 bln leks (24 mln euro) of 3-yr T-notes - table - SeeNewsAlbania sells 3 bln leks (24 mln euro) of 3-yr T-notes - table  SeeNews

Should Kosovo's Ruling Party Play Opposition Politics in Albania? - Balkan InsightShould Kosovo's Ruling Party Play Opposition Politics in Albania?  Balkan Insight

How EU enlargement apathy could push Kosovo and Albania to join forces - EuronewsHow EU enlargement apathy could push Kosovo and Albania to join forces  Euronews

Albania schedule of events April 14 - May 15 - SeeNewsAlbania schedule of events April 14 - May 15  SeeNews

Thousands of Kosovars Visit Albania, Escaping New COVID-19 Curbs - Balkan InsightThousands of Kosovars Visit Albania, Escaping New COVID-19 Curbs  Balkan Insight

Albania's daily coronavirus infections drop below 150 for first time since October - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaAlbania's daily coronavirus infections drop below 150 for first time since October - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Albania Restores Ottoman Building In Greek Town But Ignores Indigenous Heritage - Greek City Times - GreekCityTimes.comAlbania Restores Ottoman Building In Greek Town But Ignores Indigenous Heritage - Greek City Times  GreekCityTimes.com

Albania resumes UK flights - report - SeeNewsAlbania resumes UK flights - report  SeeNews

Albania starts mass Covid vaccinations before tourist season - Hindustan TimesAlbania starts mass Covid vaccinations before tourist season  Hindustan Times

Hood Signs to Play in Albania - Oskaloosa News - Oskaloosa newsHood Signs to Play in Albania - Oskaloosa News  Oskaloosa news

Israel, Albania, St Lucia removed from quarantine list - RTE.ieIsrael, Albania, St Lucia removed from quarantine list  RTE.ie

Communist-Era Disappearances Still Haunt Albania - Human Rights WatchCommunist-Era Disappearances Still Haunt Albania  Human Rights Watch

Economist who pulled Albania out of 1997 anarchy dead at 58 - Associated PressEconomist who pulled Albania out of 1997 anarchy dead at 58  Associated Press

Kane leads England to 2-0 win in Albania - Hindustan TimesKane leads England to 2-0 win in Albania  Hindustan Times

Generations of Albanians Lived off Cannabis Production. Can They Stop? - Balkan InsightGenerations of Albanians Lived off Cannabis Production. Can They Stop?  Balkan Insight

Albania struggle highlights investment enforcement challenges - ICLG.comAlbania struggle highlights investment enforcement challenges  ICLG.com

Albania: Final Evaluation of the 2019 Albania Earthquake Emergency Appeal (January – February 2021) - Albania - ReliefWebAlbania: Final Evaluation of the 2019 Albania Earthquake Emergency Appeal (January – February 2021) - Albania  ReliefWeb

Albania receives another 100000 doses of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine - report - SeeNewsAlbania receives another 100000 doses of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine - report  SeeNews

Chelsea hotshot Broja reveals why he chose Albania over England - Goal IndiaChelsea hotshot Broja reveals why he chose Albania over England  Goal India

Albanian banks' 2-mo net profit rises - SeeNewsAlbanian banks' 2-mo net profit rises  SeeNews

Once a state secret, these Albanian bunkers are now museums - National GeographicOnce a state secret, these Albanian bunkers are now museums  National Geographic

US provides 29 Humvees to bolster Albanian army capability - DefenseNews.comUS provides 29 Humvees to bolster Albanian army capability  DefenseNews.com

Turkey ratifies agreements with Albania, Azerbaijan - Anadolu AgencyTurkey ratifies agreements with Albania, Azerbaijan  Anadolu Agency

Albania's cost-effective solar, wind potential exceeds 7 GW - IRENA - Renewables NowAlbania's cost-effective solar, wind potential exceeds 7 GW - IRENA  Renewables Now

Albania picks Italian-Albanian tie-up to advise infrastructure works in Gjirokastra - SeeNewsAlbania picks Italian-Albanian tie-up to advise infrastructure works in Gjirokastra  SeeNews

Albania: bereavement information - GOV.UKAlbania: bereavement information  GOV.UK

European Unions Frontex renews joint border control agreement with Albania - Republic TVEuropean Unions Frontex renews joint border control agreement with Albania  Republic TV

Education campaign for 35 000 first time voters kicks off in Albania - Council of EuropeEducation campaign for 35 000 first time voters kicks off in Albania  Council of Europe

Albania's Censored Media and Failed Judiciary - International Policy DigestAlbania's Censored Media and Failed Judiciary  International Policy Digest

Facebook Clamps Down on Iranian Dissident 'Troll Farm' In Albania - Balkan InsightFacebook Clamps Down on Iranian Dissident 'Troll Farm' In Albania  Balkan Insight

Solar could address Albania's climate-change-sensitive hydropower dependency - pv magazine InternationalSolar could address Albania's climate-change-sensitive hydropower dependency  pv magazine International

EP Report on Albania: April general elections will be essential for the consolidation of democratic procedures - European Western BalkansEP Report on Albania: April general elections will be essential for the consolidation of democratic procedures  European Western Balkans

Albania receives 22230 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine - report - SeeNewsAlbania receives 22230 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine - report  SeeNews

Dua Lipa shares video of DMX dancing at an Albanian wedding - Geo NewsDua Lipa shares video of DMX dancing at an Albanian wedding  Geo News

Paysera gets licence for electronic transactions in Albania, eyes expansion in SEE - SeeNewsPaysera gets licence for electronic transactions in Albania, eyes expansion in SEE  SeeNews

Albania's opposition tries to take over Socialists' EU accession mantle | BALKAN BLOG - bne IntelliNewsAlbania's opposition tries to take over Socialists' EU accession mantle | BALKAN BLOG  bne IntelliNews

Albania gets 192,000 doses of Chinese Sinovac vaccine - ReutersAlbania gets 192,000 doses of Chinese Sinovac vaccine  Reuters

Voltalia wins Albania's 100 MW PV tender with bid of €0.02989/kWh - pv magazine InternationalVoltalia wins Albania's 100 MW PV tender with bid of €0.02989/kWh  pv magazine International

NEW TIME Press conference on EP reports on Albania and North Macedonia | News | European Parliament - EU NewsNEW TIME Press conference on EP reports on Albania and North Macedonia | News | European Parliament  EU News

Frontex Strengthens Its Partnership With Albania by Signing a Joint Border Control Agreement - SchengenVisaInfo.com - SchengenVisaInfo.comFrontex Strengthens Its Partnership With Albania by Signing a Joint Border Control Agreement - SchengenVisaInfo.com  SchengenVisaInfo.com

Albania vs England World Cup Qualifier goes ahead as planned after policing scare - Sky SportsAlbania vs England World Cup Qualifier goes ahead as planned after policing scare  Sky Sports

Albania's election season begins amid violence, recriminations - EuronewsAlbania's election season begins amid violence, recriminations  Euronews

Kosovo MP Urges Albania to Offer his Country COVID Vaccines - Balkan InsightKosovo MP Urges Albania to Offer his Country COVID Vaccines  Balkan Insight

Albania, Greece, Romania, Serbia Join Global Pandemic Treaty Call - Balkan InsightAlbania, Greece, Romania, Serbia Join Global Pandemic Treaty Call  Balkan Insight

Manual on Policing Hate Crime against LGBTI persons in Albania - Council of EuropeManual on Policing Hate Crime against LGBTI persons in Albania  Council of Europe

PM accuses European Commission of interfering in Albania's elections - EURACTIVPM accuses European Commission of interfering in Albania's elections  EURACTIV

Lazio's Strakosha relishing England challenge in pursuit of Albania dream - The GuardianLazio's Strakosha relishing England challenge in pursuit of Albania dream  The Guardian

Eyeing Re-Election, Albania's Rama Touts Earthquake Recovery Effort - Balkan InsightEyeing Re-Election, Albania's Rama Touts Earthquake Recovery Effort  Balkan Insight

Albania donates COVID-19 vaccines to Kosovo health workers - ReutersAlbania donates COVID-19 vaccines to Kosovo health workers  Reuters

The Latest: Albania Starts Mass COVID-19 Vaccinations - U.S. News & World ReportThe Latest: Albania Starts Mass COVID-19 Vaccinations  U.S. News & World Report

Insufficient fight against corruption haunting Albania as it heads into election - European Western BalkansInsufficient fight against corruption haunting Albania as it heads into election  European Western Balkans

Albania's GDP to grow 4.4% in 2021 - World Bank - SeeNewsAlbania's GDP to grow 4.4% in 2021 - World Bank  SeeNews

Lifetime ban for Albanian weightlifter is warning to others from angry Federation boss - Insidethegames.bizLifetime ban for Albanian weightlifter is warning to others from angry Federation boss  Insidethegames.biz

Greece to Abolish Restrictions on Flights From Albania, North Macedonia & Turkey From April 5 - SchengenVisaInfo.com - SchengenVisaInfo.comGreece to Abolish Restrictions on Flights From Albania, North Macedonia & Turkey From April 5 - SchengenVisaInfo.com  SchengenVisaInfo.com

US Embassy Statement - US Embassy in AlbaniaUS Embassy Statement  US Embassy in Albania

Albania to offer 1 bln leks (8.1 mln euro) of 3-mo T-bills on Apr 6 - SeeNewsAlbania to offer 1 bln leks (8.1 mln euro) of 3-mo T-bills on Apr 6  SeeNews

[EWB Interview] Santos: EP Report on Albania is positive and shows that progress has been made - European Western Balkans[EWB Interview] Santos: EP Report on Albania is positive and shows that progress has been made  European Western Balkans

Albania 0-2 England: World Cup qualifying Group I – as it happened - The GuardianAlbania 0-2 England: World Cup qualifying Group I – as it happened  The Guardian

Albania coach wants fans at the stadium for England match - USA TODAYAlbania coach wants fans at the stadium for England match  USA TODAY

Albania receives first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine - European Western BalkansAlbania receives first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine  European Western Balkans

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the “Albanian - American Relations - Past, Present and Future” Conference - US Embassy in AlbaniaRemarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the “Albanian - American Relations - Past, Present and Future” Conference  US Embassy in Albania

Albania's foreign trade deficit increases in February - bne IntelliNewsAlbania's foreign trade deficit increases in February  bne IntelliNews

Rice and Lingard enjoy victory in Albania - West Ham United F.C.Rice and Lingard enjoy victory in Albania  West Ham United F.C.

Students from the project Strengthening Democratic Citizenship Education in Albania participate in the first You(th) Talk event under German Presidency - Council of EuropeStudents from the project Strengthening Democratic Citizenship Education in Albania participate in the first You(th) Talk event under German Presidency  Council of Europe

Foreign tourist arrivals to Albania down 30.9% y/y in Feb - SeeNewsForeign tourist arrivals to Albania down 30.9% y/y in Feb  SeeNews

Albania to make decision regarding Junior Eurovision 2021 in June - ESCXTRA.comAlbania to make decision regarding Junior Eurovision 2021 in June  ESCXTRA.com

Albania's end-Dec gross foreign debt down 3.1% q/q – table - SeeNewsAlbania's end-Dec gross foreign debt down 3.1% q/q – table  SeeNews

Albanian Presenter: We Didn't Celebrate Greek Independence Day, Is Albania A Taliban Country? - Greek City Times - GreekCityTimes.comAlbanian Presenter: We Didn't Celebrate Greek Independence Day, Is Albania A Taliban Country? - Greek City Times  GreekCityTimes.com

For Albania's Domestic Violence Victims, Help is Hard to Find - Balkan InsightFor Albania's Domestic Violence Victims, Help is Hard to Find  Balkan Insight

Whistleblower: Facebook Failed to Take Action on Albanian Fake Accounts That Swayed Public Opinion - Exit - Explain AlbaniaWhistleblower: Facebook Failed to Take Action on Albanian Fake Accounts That Swayed Public Opinion  Exit - Explain Albania

Remarks by US Ambassador Yuri Kim at the "Justice for All Event" - US Embassy in AlbaniaRemarks by US Ambassador Yuri Kim at the "Justice for All Event"  US Embassy in Albania

Albanian Socialist MP Candidate Praises Communist Dictator Hoxha - Balkan InsightAlbanian Socialist MP Candidate Praises Communist Dictator Hoxha  Balkan Insight

IMF cuts forecast for Albania's economic growth in 2021 to 5% - SeeNewsIMF cuts forecast for Albania's economic growth in 2021 to 5%  SeeNews

Albania fails to annul TV award - GARAlbania fails to annul TV award  GAR

U.S. Should Encourage Albania's Transition to Free Market Economy - Heritage.orgU.S. Should Encourage Albania's Transition to Free Market Economy  Heritage.org

Albania call on expert from Wales to fix pitch before England clash - The TimesAlbania call on expert from Wales to fix pitch before England clash  The Times

Rauđagerđi Murder Suspect Was Wanted in Albania - Iceland MonitorRauđagerđi Murder Suspect Was Wanted in Albania  Iceland Monitor

Albania: funeral directors - GOV.UKAlbania: funeral directors  GOV.UK

Facebook accuses opposition Iranian group of running 'troll farm' from Albania - Middle East EyeFacebook accuses opposition Iranian group of running 'troll farm' from Albania  Middle East Eye

Europol: Albania Remains "Main Source" of Cannabis Exports to EU - Exit - Explain AlbaniaEuropol: Albania Remains "Main Source" of Cannabis Exports to EU  Exit - Explain Albania

Kosovo's Kurti Urges Albanians Abroad to Join North Macedonia Census - Balkan InsightKosovo's Kurti Urges Albanians Abroad to Join North Macedonia Census  Balkan Insight

EU to Examine Whether Serbia is 'Deleting' Ethnic Albanian Addresses - Balkan InsightEU to Examine Whether Serbia is 'Deleting' Ethnic Albanian Addresses  Balkan Insight

Albania vs. England - Football Match Report - March 28, 2021 - ESPN.co.ukAlbania vs. England - Football Match Report - March 28, 2021  ESPN.co.uk

Crow Road immigration raid sees Albanian man bailed - Glasgow TimesCrow Road immigration raid sees Albanian man bailed  Glasgow Times

Two Kosovo Albanians Identified from Wartime Mass Grave in Serbia - Balkan InsightTwo Kosovo Albanians Identified from Wartime Mass Grave in Serbia  Balkan Insight

Four men jailed over drug-linked murder of Albanian refugee Urim Gjabri at Para Vista home - ABC NewsFour men jailed over drug-linked murder of Albanian refugee Urim Gjabri at Para Vista home  ABC News

England squad named for European Qualifiers with San Marino, Albania and Poland - The FAEngland squad named for European Qualifiers with San Marino, Albania and Poland  The FA

Derbyshire woman caught trying to smuggle Albanians into UK - Derbyshire LiveDerbyshire woman caught trying to smuggle Albanians into UK  Derbyshire Live

Çka Ka Qëllu Celebrates Albanian Cuisine in Murray Hill - Eater NYÇka Ka Qëllu Celebrates Albanian Cuisine in Murray Hill  Eater NY

6 Albanian emerging creatives are reshaping Tirana's contemporary culture - The Calvert Journal6 Albanian emerging creatives are reshaping Tirana's contemporary culture  The Calvert Journal

Albanian family from Larchmont facing deportation due to confusion over expiration date on paperwork - WABC-TVAlbanian family from Larchmont facing deportation due to confusion over expiration date on paperwork  WABC-TV

Albanian world heritage site struggles without tourists - The Indian ExpressAlbanian world heritage site struggles without tourists  The Indian Express

Albanian communist-era landmark to be converted into a youth centre - Hindustan TimesAlbanian communist-era landmark to be converted into a youth centre  Hindustan Times

Russia gives it back to Albania, expels its diplomat - WIONRussia gives it back to Albania, expels its diplomat  WION

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

Albania expels Russian diplomat, citing lockdown breaches - Associated PressAlbania expels Russian diplomat, citing lockdown breaches  Associated Press

Professional network of democratic teachers launched in Albania - Council of EuropeProfessional network of democratic teachers launched in Albania  Council of Europe

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