Discover ALBANIA

Capital: Tirana

Official language: Albanian an Indo-European language

Religious make-up: Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Evangelical Christianity

Currency: Leke

Romans 15:19 “Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum (Albanian) I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Famous Albanians include: Skanderbeg and Mother Theresa. Though they lived in different periods and worked in different ways, they both understood and lived out the calling and potential God has placed in the Albanian people.

Because of its geographic position, a gateway between east and west, the Albanian territory has been a battlefield for centuries to foreign empires.

History of Albania

1912

1912

Ismail Qemali raises the Albanian flag in the city of Vlora declaring independence and signaling the end of 500 years of Ottoman rule
1913

1913

The decision was made by the Great Powers to split almost half of the Albanian territory and population between the neighboring nations of Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Greece.
1944

1944

The Communist Party and its regime came to power in Albania.
1967

1967

A violent campaign against all religious beliefs and practices culminates into Albania being declared the world’s first atheistic state.
1991

1991

The Communist Party ends and the new government is democratically elected. The first missionaries move into Albania, and YWAM Albania begins.
2010

2010

118 years after its founding, the Albanian Evangelical Brotherhood, which unites most of the Evangelical churches and organizations in Albania, is formally recognized by the Albanian government.
2014

2014

Albania was accepted to join the European Union.

Albanians are a very hospitable, friendly, and relationship-oriented people. Albania is a democratic and developing country with an upper-middle income economy. Albanians love to dance, and their traditional folk music is a prominent section in their national identity and plays a major role in their daily life.