Overview of Albania

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  • Albanian / Bulgarian / Turk / Yugoslavian / Gypsy that would make it five alternative languages brewed into one – you want to call it “Macedonian” I peed my pants with that one… We don’t need to create a language it has been around for thousands of years…
    You can rewrite all you want history is in books that educated people have read and continue to read, your lies do not erase the truth – Tito is dead and so is his/your agenda – move along…
  • Albania’s Special Structure Against Corruption and Organized Crime has summoned Andi Bushati and Armand Shkullaku, owners and editors of news website, for questioning about a database purportedly created by the Socialist Party, which contains the names of 910,000 voters in the Tirana region, along with personal data, including employment and family background records in what critics call a massive tracking system.
  • Albania and the United States have signed and ratified a number of agreements, including a treaty on the prevention of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the promotion of defense and military relations; the Adriatic Charter on Euro-Atlantic integration; and an agreement regarding the non-surrender of persons to the International Criminal Court.
  • Albania and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.
  • Albania also has a lot to offer the traveler who prefers a more active holiday, including sea kayaking in the Albanian Riviera; rafting on the Vjosa, Osum, and Black Drin rivers; trekking, cycling, and snowshoeing; paragliding; and hiking the peaks of the Balkans [7][8]
  • Albanians, Armenians, Bulgarians, Slavic Macedonians, Pomaks (Bulgarian Muslims), Turks, Jews, Roma (Gypsies), Vlachs, Sarakatsanoi, and several other groups have long been part of the country’s cultural mosaic, although their numbers have decreased.
  • Albania declared independence in 1912 (to be recognised in 1913), becoming a Principality, Republic, and Kingdom until being invaded by Italy in 1939, which formed Greater Albania, which in turn became a Nazi German protectorate in 1943.
  • Albanian 98.8% (official – derived from Tosk dialect), Greek 0.5%, other 0.6% (including Macedonian, Roma, Vlach, Turkish, Italian, and Serbo-Croatian), unspecified 0.1% (2011 est.)
  • Population

    Albanians see themselves more as secular, a ‘Muslim-lite’ society in which their faith’s ethics and form are respected but aren’t used to bludgeon those who may not believe.If it seems strange that this Christian’s reputation has reached such princely proportions in a country where nearly three-quarters of the population is at least nominally Muslim, it is because religion in Albania is unpacked differently than in many other parts of the Balkans.

    Where is Albania?

    Great question, and one that I’m often asked when talking to foreigners outside of Albania.

    Is NATO still relevant?

    Divisions threaten to overshadow 70th birthday celebrations of world’s largest military alliance.

    Contact us?

    WHO Regional Office for Europe
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    Where is Albania?

    For those not familiar with the region, Albania is in southeastern Europe.The stunning Adriatic Sea meets the west coast, while Kosovo and North Macedonia lie to the east.Montenegro borders Albania to the north, and Greece hugs the southern border.

    Can you drink the water in Albania?

    I wouldn’t recommend drinking the water in Albania.The water throughout the country has high levels of chloride and heavy metals.I used to drink the water myself but noticed after a couple of months I started to experience bad stomach pains.

    When’s the best time to visit Albania?

    Albania has a Mediterranean climate with four distinct seasons.Hot dry summers, mild but wet winters, and springs and autumns that are warm enough to be comfortable, but not so hot that you’re sweating buckets! Bear in mind, however, that it does vary depending on where you are in the country.The coast tends to have higher summer temperatures and milder winters than the inland, more mountainous areas.

    What can I do to avoid bed bugs?

    Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance.See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them.For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs.

    Did Macron kill the EU enlargement dream?

    Macron’s veto against the accession of North Macedonia and Albania brought the future of the EU into question.

    What language do Albanians speak?

    Most people speak Albanian, although dialects vary depending on the region.However, because of the convoluted history and proximity to other countries, you’ll find a bit of Italian, Greek, French, German and English.

    Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

    It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries.Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.

    When should I visit Albania?

    I have a full article on the best times to visit Albania below.My favourite time is spring but below I go into detail on the pros and cons of travelling at any time of the year.

    History of Albania

  • In 1168, as the Serbian Grand Zhupan, Stefan Nemanja took Doclea.
  • In 1196, Nemanja abdicated, handing the crown to his son Stefan, who in 1217 was named by Pope Honorius III the “King of Serbia, Dalmatia, and Bosnia.” The Nemanjic dynasty ruled for 200 years, helped by the collapse of the Byzantine Empire under the impact of the Fourth Crusade (1204).
  • In 1252, the Ayyubids were overthrown by a group known as the Mamluks, who had previously formed the bulk of the Ayyubid military.
  • In 1673, after being exiled by the Turkish sultan, the false prophet Shabbetai Zevi found refuge in Albania.
  • In 1685, the Jewish community of Valona fled to Berat during the Turkish-Venetian war; those who remained in Valona were eventually taken captive.
  • In 1805, Mohammed Ali, leader of a band of Albanian soldiers, became pasha of Egypt.
  • In 1912 the Albanians took advantage of the first Balkan War to declare their Independence from Turkey.
  • In 1913, during the second Balkan War, Albania was occupied by the Serbs.
  • In 1914 William, prince of Wied, became King but was soon expelled by his premier.
  • In 1914, seventy percent of the population was Muslim, divided between the Sunni and Bektashi sects.
  • In 1914, this fiction was ended, and Egypt became a protectorate of Britain.
  • In 1915 Italy took over this role, running supplies unsuccessfully and irregularly across the line Shengjin-Bojana-Lake Skadar, an unsecured route because of constant attacks by Albanian irregulars organised by Austrian agents.
  • In 1918, Slovenes formed Yugoslavia along with Serbs and Croats, while a minority came under Italy.
  • In 1920 Albania reasserted its independence.
  • In 1938, ORTHODOX Albanians in Cleveland founded the Society of St.
  • In 1944, a socialist People’s Republic was established under the leadership of Enver Hoxha and the Party of Labour.
  • in 1944, and by 1952 a church hall was under construction, including a temporary iconastas.
  • In 1950 the population was at 1,250,000.
  • In 1960, in an ideological dispute between Soviet and Chinese Communists, Albania sided with China.
  • In 1967 religious institutions were abolished and Albania proclaimed itself the “first atheist state in the world.” Many Albanians maintained their religious beliefs in private.
  • In 1974, when the Greek military government collapsed, about 60,000 political refugees were living overseas; by the beginning of 1983, about half had been repatriated, the remainder being, for the most part, Communists who had fled to Soviet-bloc countries after the civil war of 1944–49.
  • In 1976, the government began to upgrade the status of dimotiki in education and government.
  • In 1979 the population reached 2,594,000; in 1983 it was 2,870,000; and in 1989 it was 3,185,000.
  • In 1980, Unesco inscribed the Ohrid region, where centuries-old Orthodox Christian monasteries perch atop hills overlooking the water, as “one of the oldest human settlements in Europe.”
  • In 1991, the Socialist Republic was dissolved and the Republic of Albania was established.
  • In 1991-1992 in elementary schools, 51.73 percent of these pupils were from the countries of the former USSR, 24.48 percent were from Albania, and 23.78 percent came from all other countries.
  • In 1992, after the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 95-96 percent of votes cast, in a Montenegro referendum, were for remaining in a federation with Serbia.
  • In 1995, Greece agreed to recognize the country as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • In 1997 the official estimate of population was 3,300,000 inhabitants.
  • In 1998, the Albanian American Association of Cleveland was founded by Dona Brady, Hasan Bakia, Arile Jani, Kleida Spirollari, Victor Thomas, Walter Vajusi, Burhan Vneshta, and Kutim Dauti.
  • In 1999, the Kosovo War led to 340,000 Albanian refugees from Kosovo fleeing into Macedonia, greatly disrupting normal life in the region and threatening to upset the balance between Macedonians and Albanians.
  • In 2000, the Albanian government and the World Bank asked the Center’s Global Development Initiative — which was discontinued in 2006 — to help promote public participation in formulating a national poverty strategy.
  • In 2002 Greece received $1.18 billion in remittances.
  • In 2003, all that was left of Yugoslavia were the two republics of Serbia and Montenegro, who formed a loose federation: the name Yugoslavia was history.
  • In 2004, Greece received 7,375 applications for asylum, as compared to 4,367 in 1997.
  • In 2005 elections, Berisha replaced Nano, who had been appointed by Moisiu in 2002 as prime minister.
  • In 2005, the country was officially recognized as a European Union candidate state, under the reference "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia."
  • In 2008, Albanian leaders in the southeastern Serbian province of Kosovo declared their independence from Serbia.
  • In 2009, Albania submitted its formal application for EU membership.
  • In 2010, Chabad opened the Hechal Shlomo Synagogue in Tirana and appointed Rabbi Yoel Kaplan, who is based in Greece, as the unofficial chief rabbi of Albania.
  • In 2013, for example, a newly-established nationalist party, the Red and Black Alliance called for unification with Kosovo during elections and secured less than 11,000 votes nationwide.
  • In 2015, 18 people were killed in violent clashes between police and a group of Albanian extremists in Kumanovo as well as near the border of Kosovo.
  • In 2015, Serbia’s first match was a qualifying match against Portugal in Lisbon, during which Serbia lost 2–1, cutting their chances for qualification to Euro 2016.
  • In 2015, The Telegraph named it one of the year’s top 20 places to visit.
  • In 2018, during a speech to Kosovo’s parliament, Rama suggested that as Kosovo and Albania would have a shared foreign policy and diplomatic missions, perhaps the territories should also have a single president.
  • In 2018, North Macedonia made the second mistake.
  • In 2019, Albania made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor.
  • In 2019, criminal law enforcement agencies in Albania took actions to combat child labor (Table 7).
  • In 2019, Hashim Thaci threatened to hold a referendum on Kosovo joining Albania, although Kosovo’s constitution currently lacks the mechanism to do so.
  • In 2019, labor law enforcement agencies in Albania took actions to combat child labor (Table 6).
  • In 2019, the Government of Albania maintained its status as a Pathfinder Country for Alliance 8.7 to expedite the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals related to eliminating child labor and human trafficking by 2025.
  • In the 1800’s these dogs were employed extensively throughout France and were trained to bait bulls and jaguars, to hunt boar, to protect property, and even to herd cattle.
  • In the 1990s, with the influx of economic refugees, the number of foreign pupils attending Greek primary and secondary schools increased to 6 percent of the total.
  • On 4 September 2015, Serbia had their first victory, winning 2–0, against Armenia.
  • On 8 October 2015, Serbia defeated Albania with a goal each from Aleksandar Kolarov and Adem Ljajić.