Independence Year : 1912
Population : 3401200
Life Expectancy : 71.6
Capital : 34
GNP : 3205.00
GNP Old : 2500.00
Local Name : Shqipëria
Government Form : Republic
Location : Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea.
Terrain : Situated in the southwestern region of the Balkan Peninsula, Albania is predominantly mountainous bu
Climate : Mediterranean, Mild temperate--short, soft, wet winters; hot and dry summers
Ethnic Group : Albanian 98.6%, Greeks 1.17%, others 0.23% (Vlachs, Roma, Serbs, Montenegrins, Macedonians, Egyptian
Religions : Muslim (Sunni and Bektashi) 70%, Albanian Orthodox 20%, and Roman Catholic 10%.
Official Website : www.president.al/
Genral Information - Albania
In 1990 Albania ended 44 years of xenophobic communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven difficult as corrupt governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, a dilapidated infrastructure, widespread gangsterism, and disruptive political opponents. International observers judged local elections in 2000 to be acceptable and a step toward democratic development, but serious deficiencies remain to be corrected before the the 2001 parliamentary elections.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)