People in Tirana, Albania. Editorial credit: Aldo91 /


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.

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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.

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Nations in Transit — Albania Country Report

Categorized as a Transitional or Hybrid regime, Albania receives a Democracy Percentage of 46 out of 100 in the Nations in Transit 2021 report.