People in Tirana, Albania. Editorial credit: Aldo91 / Shutterstock.com

Albania

Albania has a record of competitive elections, though political parties are highly polarized and often organized around leading personalities. Religious freedom and freedom of assembly are generally respected. Corruption and organized crime remain serious problems despite recent government efforts to address them, and the intermingling of powerful business, political, and media interests inhibits the development of truly independent news outlets.

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

Freedom in the World — Albania Country Report

Albania is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.