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.

Bernardo Arevalo supporters cheer after their presidential victory in Guatemala.

Freedom in the World — Albania Country Report

Albania is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2024, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

Volunteers clean up the rubbles from a destroyed residential building in Borodyanka. Following the recapture of Borodyanka by the Ukrainian forces, the city was heavily devastated and turned into ruins under intense fighting and shelling.

Nations in Transit — Albania Country Report

Albania is categorized as a Transitional or Hybrid regime in the Nations in Transit 2023, Freedom House's annual study on the state of democracy in the region stretching from Central Europe to Central Asia.