Albania

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Country:   Albania            Click here for map of Albania

Continent:   Europe

Capital:      Tirana

Population:  3,600,523

Language:    Albanian is the official language, but English Italian and Greek are also spoken

Religion:       2/3 Islam, then Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic

Terrain:       It is very mountainous with the western border and a coastline on the Adriatic Sea

Sports:         Soccer is the most popular sport in Albania

Animals:      The lynx survives there, but is extinct in many other parts of the world
Facts of interest:  The Et’ham Beu Mosque in Tirana with its beautiful cupola is of historical                       importance as it was built in 1794 and completed in 1821.  It is protected by the state.

Concerns:    

  • Economics:  Albania is one of the poorest country in Europe.  A large informal economy and an inadequate energy and transportation infrastructure remain obstacles.  Unemployment is high, and poor infrastructure and high corruption deter foreign investment.
  • Children:  Many children are abandoned at birth and live in orphanages until they are adults.  Others flee their homes for the streets to escape abuse.
  • Drug Trade:  Increasingly active in transshipment for Asian opiates into Europe and North America
  • Refugees:   ~500,000 refugees entered Albania in 1999 due to the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.  This is still an economic burden to Albania.

Mission:     Presbyterian Mission Agency support outreach activities to children of Albania,                 supporting orphanages, translation of children’s Christian educational materials, etc.

Sources:  Presbyterianmission.org, BBC.com, CIA.gov, NATO.int; click here to learn more about mission in Albania