Territory in southeast Europe on the Adriatic Sea, ruled since 1992 by the Republika e Shqipërisë


Albania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Albania, officially known as the Republic of Albania (Albanian: Republika e Shqipërisë ...), is a Sovereign state in Southeast Europe. It is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, the Republic of Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south and southeast. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west, and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. It is less than 72 km from Italy, across the Strait of Otranto which links the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea. Albania is a member of the UN, NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Council of Europe, World Trade Organisation, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and one of the founding members of the Union for the Mediterranean. Albania has been a potential candidate for accession to the European Union since January 2003, and it formally applied for EU membership on 28 April 2009. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Albania | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 67, Political Rights: 3, Civil Liberties: 3
"Local elections held in June 2015 were viewed as an important test of democratic institutions in Albania, which had been designated a candidate for European Union (EU) membership in 2014. International observers said the polls were conducted peacefully, but raised concerns about pressure on voters by politicians, problems with election commission operations, and the improper use of government resources by the ruling coalition during campaigning."
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 7.45, Rank: 50, Personal Freedom: 7.50, Economic Freedom: 7.40, Democracy Index: 5.25
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.40. Rank: 42