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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Albania Prosecutors to Probe Panic-Mongering About Coronavirus - Balkan InsightAlbania Prosecutors to Probe Panic-Mongering About Coronavirus  Balkan Insight

Albanian President Sues Justice Minister, 2 Top OfficialsAlbanian President Sues Justice Minister, 2 Top Officials - The New York TimesAlbanian President Sues Justice Minister, 2 Top OfficialsAlbanian President Sues Justice Minister, 2 Top Officials  The New York Times

Donors pledge an 'overwhelming' €1.15 billion for Albania quake recovery - EURACTIVDonors pledge an 'overwhelming' €1.15 billion for Albania quake recovery  EURACTIV

More than $1 billion pledged for post-earthquake recovery in Albania - UN NewsMore than $1 billion pledged for post-earthquake recovery in Albania  UN News

Albania PM Widens His Media Wars to Include Kosovo - Balkan InsightAlbania PM Widens His Media Wars to Include Kosovo  Balkan Insight

2 migrants killed in car crash in Albania, 7 injured - MyNorthwest.com2 migrants killed in car crash in Albania, 7 injured  MyNorthwest.com

Albania's plan against disinformation lets Facebook and powerful politicians off the hook - The Conversation USAlbania's plan against disinformation lets Facebook and powerful politicians off the hook  The Conversation US

Congress high-level visit to Albania - News 2020 - Council of EuropeCongress high-level visit to Albania - News 2020  Council of Europe

Highly Secretive Iranian Rebels Are Holed Up in Albania. They Gave Us a Tour. - The New York TimesHighly Secretive Iranian Rebels Are Holed Up in Albania. They Gave Us a Tour.  The New York Times

Albania and Kosovo consider founding shared embassies and common economic space - European Western BalkansAlbania and Kosovo consider founding shared embassies and common economic space  European Western Balkans

Kosovo's New PM Visits Albania in First Official Trip Abroad - The New York TimesKosovo's New PM Visits Albania in First Official Trip Abroad  The New York Times

Albania reports annual HICP inflation of 1.6% in January - bne IntelliNewsAlbania reports annual HICP inflation of 1.6% in January  bne IntelliNews

Albania president calls on people to topple the government - EuronewsAlbania president calls on people to topple the government  Euronews

Albania's capital shows solidarity with China in fighting coronavirus - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaAlbania's capital shows solidarity with China in fighting coronavirus - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Albanian Package of Emergency Laws Alarms Rights Groups - Balkan InsightAlbanian Package of Emergency Laws Alarms Rights Groups  Balkan Insight

Foreign Ministers of Kosovo, Albania Pledge Support for Albanian Parties in Southern Serbia Ahead of Elections - Exit - Explain AlbaniaForeign Ministers of Kosovo, Albania Pledge Support for Albanian Parties in Southern Serbia Ahead of Elections  Exit - Explain Albania

Albania-Kosovo: How to build a strategic agenda - Tirana TimesAlbania-Kosovo: How to build a strategic agenda  Tirana Times

Albania still committed to EU membership, PM says - Atlantic CouncilAlbania still committed to EU membership, PM says  Atlantic Council

Bunker mentality: the man who built Albania's underground Stalinist city - The GuardianBunker mentality: the man who built Albania's underground Stalinist city  The Guardian

Albania's Largest Video Service Provider TiBO Deploys Verimatrix Multi-DRM For Cloud-based Digital Rights Management - Business WireAlbania's Largest Video Service Provider TiBO Deploys Verimatrix Multi-DRM For Cloud-based Digital Rights Management  Business Wire

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

Albanians wonder if the EU will ever welcome them - Financial TimesAlbanians wonder if the EU will ever welcome them  Financial Times

'North Macedonia, Albania will deliver,' EU enlargement chief says - Reuters'North Macedonia, Albania will deliver,' EU enlargement chief says  Reuters

Speech by President Charles Michel at the donors' conference "Together for Albania" - EU NewsSpeech by President Charles Michel at the donors' conference "Together for Albania"  EU News

Macron hints at progress on EU enlargement for Albania and North Macedonia - EuronewsMacron hints at progress on EU enlargement for Albania and North Macedonia  Euronews

Albania Socialists Step Back From Media Laws Showdown - Balkan InsightAlbania Socialists Step Back From Media Laws Showdown  Balkan Insight

Police Seize Ferry Full of Hazardous Waste Bound for Landfill in Albania - Exit - Explain AlbaniaPolice Seize Ferry Full of Hazardous Waste Bound for Landfill in Albania  Exit - Explain Albania

to modernize Telekom Albania networks - Ericssonto modernize Telekom Albania networks  Ericsson

52 Albanian Women – Nada Dosti - Exit - Explain Albania52 Albanian Women – Nada Dosti  Exit - Explain Albania

Albania Opposition Slates Push to Increase Police Surveillance Powers - Balkan InsightAlbania Opposition Slates Push to Increase Police Surveillance Powers  Balkan Insight

Albanian, Kosovo Football Chiefs Plan Joint Cup Honouring Saint - Balkan InsightAlbanian, Kosovo Football Chiefs Plan Joint Cup Honouring Saint  Balkan Insight

Congress concludes high-level mission in Albania - Council of EuropeCongress concludes high-level mission in Albania  Council of Europe

Greek Foreign Min: EU Council Should Start North Macedonia, Albania Accession Talks - The National HeraldGreek Foreign Min: EU Council Should Start North Macedonia, Albania Accession Talks  The National Herald

Vodafone Albania gets green light to acquire cable operator ABCom - TelecompaperVodafone Albania gets green light to acquire cable operator ABCom  Telecompaper

Albanian Media and the Business of Disinformation - Transitions OnlineAlbanian Media and the Business of Disinformation  Transitions Online

Turkish foreign minister to visit Albania on Wednesday - Anadolu AgencyTurkish foreign minister to visit Albania on Wednesday  Anadolu Agency

Brexit: The UK is rushing to leave the EU as others queue up to join | Latest Brexit news and top stories - The New EuropeanBrexit: The UK is rushing to leave the EU as others queue up to join | Latest Brexit news and top stories  The New European

Albania: 32000 people still homeless three months after devastating earthquake - Albania - ReliefWebAlbania: 32000 people still homeless three months after devastating earthquake - Albania  ReliefWeb

Taxi company unveils memorial bench for colleague who died in earthquake - Oxford MailTaxi company unveils memorial bench for colleague who died in earthquake  Oxford Mail

Merkel wants EU to start membership talks with Albania - Anadolu AgencyMerkel wants EU to start membership talks with Albania  Anadolu Agency

Albania police crack down on illegal betting shops - Sacramento BeeAlbania police crack down on illegal betting shops  Sacramento Bee

'Postponement' of Albania's Media Muzzle Shouldn't Fool Anyone - Balkan Insight'Postponement' of Albania's Media Muzzle Shouldn't Fool Anyone  Balkan Insight

52 Albanian Women – Enriketa Papa - Exit - Explain Albania52 Albanian Women – Enriketa Papa  Exit - Explain Albania

Albania: Earthquake Revised Emergency Appeal n° MDRAL008 - Albania - ReliefWebAlbania: Earthquake Revised Emergency Appeal n° MDRAL008 - Albania  ReliefWeb

Albania Downgraded to FATF Greylist for Money Laundering - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbania Downgraded to FATF Greylist for Money Laundering  Exit - Explain Albania

Albania in the history of Venice / Albania / Areas / Homepage - Osservatorio Balcani e CaucasoAlbania in the history of Venice / Albania / Areas / Homepage  Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso

Edi Rama met with US Ambassador in Albania - Independent Balkan News AgencyEdi Rama met with US Ambassador in Albania  Independent Balkan News Agency

52 Albanian Women – Dhurata Thanasi - Exit - Explain Albania52 Albanian Women – Dhurata Thanasi  Exit - Explain Albania

NATO Secretary General welcomes Albanian Prime Minister and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Edi Rama at NATO Headquarters - NATO HQNATO Secretary General welcomes Albanian Prime Minister and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Edi Rama at NATO Headquarters  NATO HQ

Albania and Montenegro release their own Gender Equality Indices - EU NewsAlbania and Montenegro release their own Gender Equality Indices  EU News

French authorities host an Albanian delegation on an exchange visit - Council of EuropeFrench authorities host an Albanian delegation on an exchange visit  Council of Europe

France may unblock EU membership talks for Albania and North Macedonia - European Western BalkansFrance may unblock EU membership talks for Albania and North Macedonia  European Western Balkans

Albanian Week Against Discrimination Starts 3 February - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian Week Against Discrimination Starts 3 February  Exit - Explain Albania

Leaked Italian police report says cannabis cultivation in Albania jumped 1200% in 2019 - bne IntelliNewsLeaked Italian police report says cannabis cultivation in Albania jumped 1200% in 2019  bne IntelliNews

Swedish Ambassador: “Albanians' drive is an asset towards EU accession” - Tirana TimesSwedish Ambassador: “Albanians' drive is an asset towards EU accession”  Tirana Times

Albania gets over 20 applications for 140 MW Karavasta solar power plant - Balkan Green Energy NewsAlbania gets over 20 applications for 140 MW Karavasta solar power plant  Balkan Green Energy News

Albanian Addiction - New EuropeAlbanian Addiction  New Europe

Flaws in Albania's public consultation process erode business climate - AmCham - SeeNewsFlaws in Albania's public consultation process erode business climate - AmCham  SeeNews

US Earthquake Donation Goes to Establishing 'Transparency Academy' in Albania - Exit - Explain AlbaniaUS Earthquake Donation Goes to Establishing 'Transparency Academy' in Albania  Exit - Explain Albania

TAP completes gas compressor station in Albania's Fier - SeeNewsTAP completes gas compressor station in Albania's Fier  SeeNews

Airline Startup Of The Week: Air Albania - Simple FlyingAirline Startup Of The Week: Air Albania  Simple Flying

Discover Discover The Best Festivals in Albania for 2020 27 Jan 2020 - FesticketDiscover Discover The Best Festivals in Albania for 2020 27 Jan 2020  Festicket

The NYT Does the Iranian Regime's Hit Job for Them Against MEK in Albania - Iran News UpdateThe NYT Does the Iranian Regime's Hit Job for Them Against MEK in Albania  Iran News Update

Albania's Eurovision 2020 Entry Will Be Revamped Into A Pop Ballad - wiwibloggsAlbania's Eurovision 2020 Entry Will Be Revamped Into A Pop Ballad  wiwibloggs

Britain’s most wanted: The 10 Albanian dealers in death roaming UK streets - ExpressBritain’s most wanted: The 10 Albanian dealers in death roaming UK streets  Express

Albanian Police Bust Illegal Gambling Ring - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian Police Bust Illegal Gambling Ring  Exit - Explain Albania

PPP by Stealth: Albania Could Be Losing €40 Million Annually to Healthcare PPPs - Exit - Explain AlbaniaPPP by Stealth: Albania Could Be Losing €40 Million Annually to Healthcare PPPs  Exit - Explain Albania

Government Increases Preventive Measures against Coronavirus - Exit - Explain AlbaniaGovernment Increases Preventive Measures against Coronavirus  Exit - Explain Albania

American Chamber of Commerce: 'Huge Gap' between Albania and Neighbors in Attracting FDI - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAmerican Chamber of Commerce: 'Huge Gap' between Albania and Neighbors in Attracting FDI  Exit - Explain Albania

Prosecutor Dismisses Opposition's Request to Investigate Architect Bjarke Ingels - Exit - Explain AlbaniaProsecutor Dismisses Opposition's Request to Investigate Architect Bjarke Ingels  Exit - Explain Albania

52 Albanian Women – Xheni Karaj - Exit - Explain Albania52 Albanian Women – Xheni Karaj  Exit - Explain Albania

Albanian President Thanks Israeli Soldiers for Aid After Deadly Earthquake - AlgemeinerAlbanian President Thanks Israeli Soldiers for Aid After Deadly Earthquake  Algemeiner

Earthquake rumbles through Albania with a shaky feel in Dubrovnik - The Dubrovnik TimesEarthquake rumbles through Albania with a shaky feel in Dubrovnik  The Dubrovnik Times

Earthquake info : M5.1 earthquake on Tuesday, 28 January 2020 20:15 UTC / Albania - 1211 experience reports - VolcanoDiscoveryEarthquake info : M5.1 earthquake on Tuesday, 28 January 2020 20:15 UTC / Albania - 1211 experience reports  VolcanoDiscovery

Italian Police Report 1,200% Increase in Cannabis Cultivation in Albania - Exit - Explain AlbaniaItalian Police Report 1,200% Increase in Cannabis Cultivation in Albania  Exit - Explain Albania

Reactions in Albania to the New EU Accession Methodology - Exit - Explain AlbaniaReactions in Albania to the New EU Accession Methodology  Exit - Explain Albania

EU, US Support Controversial 'Anti-KÇK' Laws Approved by Albanian Government - Exit - Explain AlbaniaEU, US Support Controversial 'Anti-KÇK' Laws Approved by Albanian Government  Exit - Explain Albania

Albanian President Files Criminal Report with Special Prosecution against Minister of Justice over Constitutional Court Crisis - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian President Files Criminal Report with Special Prosecution against Minister of Justice over Constitutional Court Crisis  Exit - Explain Albania

Vucic: Serbia Will Face Ultimatum on Kosovo Independence - Exit - Explain AlbaniaVucic: Serbia Will Face Ultimatum on Kosovo Independence  Exit - Explain Albania

Majority and Opposition's Conflicting Proposals to Reform Electoral College - Exit - Explain AlbaniaMajority and Opposition's Conflicting Proposals to Reform Electoral College  Exit - Explain Albania

Tirana Man Arrested for Trafficking Humans from Albania to Kosovo - Exit - Explain AlbaniaTirana Man Arrested for Trafficking Humans from Albania to Kosovo  Exit - Explain Albania

A Weekend in the Stone City of Gjirokaster - Exit - Explain AlbaniaA Weekend in the Stone City of Gjirokaster  Exit - Explain Albania

Tirana Family Living in Car Two Months After Albanian Earthquake - Exit - Explain AlbaniaTirana Family Living in Car Two Months After Albanian Earthquake  Exit - Explain Albania

Albania earthquake: at least 21 dead and hundreds injured - The GuardianAlbania earthquake: at least 21 dead and hundreds injured  The Guardian

'Everything We Have Is Destroyed': Albania Mourns After Deadly Earthquake - NPR'Everything We Have Is Destroyed': Albania Mourns After Deadly Earthquake  NPR

EU leads international help to Albania quake recovery - The Associated PressEU leads international help to Albania quake recovery  The Associated Press

Greek Investors Cede Top Spot in Albania - Balkan InsightGreek Investors Cede Top Spot in Albania  Balkan Insight

Destruction and panic as quake hits Albania – in pictures - The GuardianDestruction and panic as quake hits Albania – in pictures  The Guardian