|Area Total||28,748 sq km|
|Climate||mild temperate; cool, cloudy, wet winters; hot, clear, dry summers; interior is cooler and wetter|
|Natural Resources||petroleum, natural gas, coal, bauxite, chromite, copper, iron ore, nickel, salt, timber, hydropower, arable land|
|Imports||$4.1 billion (2017 est.)
partners: Italy 28.5%, Turkey 8.1%, Germany 8%, Greece 8%, China 7.9%, Serbia 4% (2017)
|Population||3.1 million (July 2018 est.)|
|Ethnicity||Albanian 82.6%, Greek 0.9%, other 1% (including Vlach, Romani, Macedonian, Montenegrin, and Egyptian), unspecified 15.5% (2011 est.)|
|Language||Albanian 98.8% (official – derived from Tosk dialect), Greek 0.5%, other 0.6% (including Macedonian, Romani, Vlach, Turkish, Italian, and Serbo-Croatian), unspecified 0.1% (2011 est.)|
|Exports||Germany 12.5%, France 10.3%, US 9%, Spain 5.2%, UK 5.2%, Switzerland 4.6% (2017) – engineering products, textiles and clothing, production machinery, motor vehicles, transport equipment, chemicals; foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco; minerals, nonferrous metals|
News about Albania
- TIMELINE: Iranian Hacker Attack on Government Sitesby Fjori Sinoruka (Albania | Balkan Insight) on December 1, 2022
BIRN has drawn up a timeline of the main events surrounding a massive cyber attack on the Albanian government and the data leaks that have followed.
- Albania Prosecutors Seek to Grill Five Officials Over Cyber-attacksby Fjori Sinoruka (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 30, 2022
Prosecution in Tirana on Wednesday requests arrest of five public administration staffers related to Iranian hackers' recent cyber-attacks on public institutions.
- Croat Festival in Montenegro, Ancient Albanian Dress, Join UNESCO Heritage listby Fjori Sinoruka (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 30, 2022
UN's culture organisation adds Montenegrin Croats' Festival of St Tryphon and an Albanian traditional dress known as the xhubleta to its List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
- Labour Rights in Kosovo Protected Only on Paperby Xhorxhina Bami (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 29, 2022
Kosovo has the legal framework to protect labour rights, but implementation is falling short and putting lives at risk.
- Dishonourable Consul: When Albanian Diplomatic Tool Becomes Cover for Crimeby Besar Likmeta (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 29, 2022
Honorary consuls are supposed to foster cooperation between two countries. In several cases involving Albania, they have dabbled in crime too.
- Tory MPs’ plan for immediate return of Albanian asylum seekers ‘unworkable’by Peter Walker Political correspondent (Albania | The Guardian) on November 28, 2022
Refugee groups says proposal would breach UN convention and put vulnerable people at riskUK politics live – latest news updatesRefugee charities have condemned as unworkable a plan put to Rishi Sunak by more than 50 Conservative MPs, arguing that asylum seekers from Albania should be summarily returned, as should those who say they have been […]
- Turkish Opposition Unveils ‘Post-Erdogan’ Constitutional Packageby Hamdi Firat Buyuk (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 28, 2022
The joint opposition have announced their constitutional plans if they defeat President Erdogan in the next elections, which centre on restoring a parliamentary system with strong checks and balances.
- Dua Lipa granted Albanian citizenship by president in Tiranaby Associated Press in Tirana (Albania | The Guardian) on November 27, 2022
British pop star of Albanian origin praised by president for spreading the nation’s fame internationally through her musicAlbania’s president has granted citizenship to the British pop star of Albanian origin Dua Lipa for what he said was the artist’s role in spreading Albanians’ fame internationally through her music.President Bajram Begaj said on […]
- Dutch More Accepting of EU Balkan Membership due to Ukraine Warby Xhorxhina Bami (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 25, 2022
Report presented on Friday says the Dutch public has become more favourable to EU enlargement in the Western Balkan countries as a result of Russia's attack on Ukraine – though it still remains divided.
- Albanian, Montenegrin Authorities Seize 430 kg of Cocaineby Samir Kajosevic (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 25, 2022
Special Prosecution Against Corruption and Organized Crime, SPAK, says cocaine seizure was the result of joint work with Montenegrin authorities who allowed the shipment to continue to its final destination.
- Weather tracker: heavy rain and severe flooding hit the Balkansby Matt Feist (Metdesk) (Albania | The Guardian) on November 25, 2022
Six people killed amid evacuations and significant damage, with Albania particularly badly hitIn Europe, flooding due to heavy rain has killed six people, prompted evacuations and caused significant damage in parts of the Balkans. Low pressure centred over southern Italy brought moisture-laden south-westerly winds across the region through the weekend. The […]
- ‘Tale of Two Sophias’ Portrays Hope for Albanian-Serb Relationsby Fjori Sinoruka (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 24, 2022
A historical drama by young Albanian film director Eduart Grishaj suggests that shared culture and human understanding can offer Albanians and Serbs a counter-narrative to prejudice, hatred and ethnically-motivated violence.
- European Parliament Links Serbia’s Progress to Sanctions on Russiaby Milica Stojanovic (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 23, 2022
Resolution adopted on Wednesday says any advance in Serbia's EU accession negotiations should be linked to Belgrade's alignment with the EU on sanctions against Russia.
- Albanian Environmentalists Challenge Vlora Airport Contract in Courtby Fjori Sinoruka (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 23, 2022
Two environmental organisations are suing the Albanian authorities over the contract for the construction of Vlora airport, claiming that the building work threatens important wetlands and biodiversity areas.
- MEPs Demand End to Roaming Charges for Western Balkansby Perparim Isufi (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 23, 2022
More than 80 European Parliamentarians have urged the European Commission to abolish roaming charges for Western Balkan countries in a letter sent to President Ursula von der Leyen.
- Beach Bribery: How Graft Greases Wheels of Albanian Coastal Developmentby Klodiana Lala (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 22, 2022
Prosecution documents obtained by BIRN give a glimpse of the crime and corruption involved in the development of Albania’s coastline.
- Italy as Inspiration for the Balkan Far-Rightby Fabio Bego (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 22, 2022
Far-right groups in the Balkans have long had a soft spot for the Italian fascism of the past. The new government in Rome can provide fresh inspiration.
- Contract that Albanian PM Showed on Facebook Goes Missingby Vladimir Karaj (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 21, 2022
Queried about rampant illegal construction, PM Rama claimed to have signed an agreement for the transfer of an illegally built space to government ownership but – responding to a BIRN FOIA - his office now says it doesn’t have the document, after all.
- Floods Cause Six Deaths in Montenegro, Albania, Serbiaby Fjori Sinoruka (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 21, 2022
Heavy rains were blamed for the deaths of two people in Albania, three in Montenegro and a two-year-old boy in Serbia – while roads were blocked and some schools in Serbia and Albania were closed.
- Media Climate in Albania Worsening, Press Freedom Advocates Sayby Fjori Sinoruka (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 18, 2022
Seven international media freedom organisations expressed concern about the deteriorating media climate in Albania after visiting the country on a fact-finding mission.
- BIRN Conference Warns of Far-Right Groups’ Influence in Balkansby Azem Kurtic (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 17, 2022
Far-right and extremist groups are a major threat in the Balkans as they have deep roots in society and exert a significant influence, a BIRN conference in Sarajevo concluded.
- Albanian Writer Chronicles Years in Communist Political Prisonsby Fjori Sinoruka (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 17, 2022
Author and journalist Fatos Lubonja, who spent 17 years in prison under the Albanian Communist regime, relives his bitter experiences in a new book that recounts the suffering of inmates who were his friends.
- BIRN Launches Interactive Map of Far-Right and Extremist Groupsby Enes Hodzic (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 16, 2022
The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has published an interactive map providing detailed information about scores of far-right and extremist organisations in six countries in the Balkans.
- European Court Fines Turkey for Breach of Greek Church’s Rightsby Hamdi Firat Buyuk (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 15, 2022
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled that Turkey violated a Greek Orthodox Church organisation’s right to register its property in Istanbul.
- In Kosovo and Albania, Personal Data Up for Grabsby Albione Zhitia (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 14, 2022
Public institutions in Kosovo and Albania are failing to protect the personal data of the people.
- Why Albanians are Leaving, and What They Leave Behindby Gjergj Erebara (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 10, 2022
Albanians are crossing the Channel for a variety of reasons – desperation, crime, disillusionment… Whatever is driving them, the consequences for the society they leave behind will be dire.
- Albania Fast-Tracks Procedure to Privatize Country’s Main Portby BIRN (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 9, 2022
Opposition questions hurried plan to sell Durres Port to unnamed private investor who is allegedly promising to turn into a luxury marina and build a new port north of the town.
- Albania Authorities Silent Over Alleged Security Service Data Hackby Fjori Sinoruka (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 8, 2022
The Albanian authorities have made no comment about an alleged leak of files from the State Information Service, including names of employees, that were reportedly stolen by Iranian hackers.
- Meta’s ‘Fake News’ Fight Mired in Misunderstandingby Milica Stojanovic (Albania | Balkan Insight) on November 8, 2022
A widespread failure to understand how Meta’s fake news fight is run has left independent fact-checkers in the crossfire. The falsehoods keep coming, often from politicians who are spared the scrutiny.
- ‘We all want to leave’: poverty, not crime, fuels the urge to flee Albaniaby Helena Smith in Tirana (Albania | The Guardian) on November 5, 2022
In the northern highlands, there’s no work. In the capital, corruption blocks the path to success for young graduates – and it’s no surprise there’s an exodusOn Tirana’s embassy row, it has been all go for his majesty’s ambassador to Albania, Alastair King-Smith.The crisis in relations between the two countries, arising from the boats crossing […]