Albania

By Jack Stacy

Overview

Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe. It is a small country being just bigger that Maryland that is just north of Greece, west of Macedonia, and south of Montenegro and Serbia.



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Geography and Travel

Albania is a mostly mountainous country (about 70%). The other land that is in Albania is mostly coastal lowland, the region that is the most densely populated are in Albania.

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Government/Foreign Policy

Albania currently has an emerging democracy as it in 1991, became a communist country. But after a general strike and many street demonstrations, the communist cabinet resigned. Later in 1992 the democratic party won by a landslide in a vote against a new communist party. Albania is a member of the United Nations.

Economy

As of 2013, the GDP per capita was 4,659.34 USD, this is a big change from the 639 USD in 1990. Albania currently uses Albanian lek as its currency. Compared to the US, Albania is very poor. One Albanian equals 0.0078 USD

Social/Ethnic Groups

99% of kids in Albania have to go to school. There is preschool, primary education, and secondary education. The main role of woman in Albania is to take care of children and take care of the home. The literacy rate in Albania is 99%. Albania has mostly been fighting from communism. Based on this information, one might conclude that Albania is a pretty smart country.

Religion, Language, Country Flag

Albania's nation language Shqip [ʃcip] is spoken by 5.4 million people across the country. In Albania, 58.79% of the people practice Islam, making the largest religion in the country. In the flag (below), the red represents bravery, strength, and valor while the eagle represents the state of Albania located in Balkans.
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Albanian Flag

Traditional Holidays or Festivals, Traditional Clothing, and Food

Albania celebrates many holidays that people in America celebrate such as New Years, April Fools, and Christmas (16% Christian).
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Albanian Clothes

Albanian Recipie

Bakllasarem



A salty pie with yoghurt and garlic covering.

Ingredients:

  • 1kg flour
  • 500 ml water
  • 1 + 1 spoon salt
  • 1dl vegetable oil
  • 150 gr butter
  • 1l yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves

Directions:

The pie dough consisting of water, 1 spoon of salt and flour is cut into 18 pieces. The dough pieces are rolled and flattened and each three of them are placed on top of each other, sparkled with a tablespoon of oil. The six patties are flattened further to the size of the baking pan. The patties are sparkled with 2 tablespoons of oil and are rolled in circle and put in the pan. The pie has to be left to bake for 50 min in 200 C.

Add to the natural yoghurt a tablespoon of salt and 1-2 garlic cloves. The salted youghurt is put on top of the freshly baked pie, which is put in the oven for another 10 minutes.

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Data Sets

Population Density (square mile) - 287

Per Capita Income - 10,400 PPP dollars

Religions - Islam, Christian

Language - Shqip