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Exploring Albanian Life in Rare Collection of Vintage Ads
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Exploring Albanian Life in Rare Collection of Vintage Ads

“Why waste our gold in imported goods when domestic products provide the highest quality that the customer might wish?” This was the ‘buy local’ marketing strategy of Albanian industrialists in pre-war Albania. And yes, Albanian merchants from Korca, Gjirokastra, Delvina, and other cities would trade with gold until World War II. Ads from the  20s...

The Unknown History of Durresi Beach
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The Unknown History of Durresi Beach

TIRANA, January 14 The history of Durres is long and varied. For thousands of years, it saw many rulers and visitors from all over Europe and beyond. In turbulent times the city attracted warships and big armies and in times of peace and clear blue skies, it attracted lovers of repose, culture, and the sea....

World Literature Today on Why Read Ismail Kadare
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World Literature Today on Why Read Ismail Kadare

TIRANA, January 12 International literally magazine World Literature Today dedicated the cover feature of its first issue of Winter 2021 to the work and life of Albanian writer Ismail Kadare. Five essays, one by the writer himself, introduce the first-time reader not only to Kadare’s style but also to an alternative literary version of Albania’s...

Top Baby Names in Albania over the Last Century
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Top Baby Names in Albania over the Last Century

TIRANA, January 8 What’s in a name? Shakespeare would ask. Quite a lot, from meaning, identity, culture, and spiritual belonging to aesthetically pleasing sounds, the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) would answer. The most popular baby names for Albania in general and each city, in particular, are available in a collection that includes a little...

Top 10 Most Popular Cars in Albania
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Top 10 Most Popular Cars in Albania

TIRANA, January 5 If it could be judged by the cars that you see on the road, Albania wouldn’t look like one of the poorest countries in Europe. Albanians love cars and drive a lot despite their short commutes and small cities. With most of the people moving from remote parts of the country to...

The Normal School of Elbasan Celebrates 111th Anniversary
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The Normal School of Elbasan Celebrates 111th Anniversary

TIRANA, December 1 111 years ago 140 students from all the Albanian lands began classes at the Normal School of Elbasan with Luigj Gurakuqi as the first director. It was the first national high school in the Albanian language and a cradle of education for teachers of the Albanian language from every Albanian speaking land....

Where and How to Celebrate the Independence and Liberation Days
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Where and How to Celebrate the Independence and Liberation Days

TIRANA, November 27 If there would be a list of the best places to celebrate the 108th Anniversary of Independence Day and the 76th anniversary of Liberation Day, the most logical answer would be at home. Yet with a long weekend ahead, many might be planning at least one day doing something different.   How...

Can Albania Compete with Countries Luring Digital Nomads?
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Can Albania Compete with Countries Luring Digital Nomads?

TIRANA, November 26 Do you remember that meme of birds sitting on a power line looking at another bird suspended in the air and chirping: “He has Wi-Fi”? Yet, a hilarious pun would be “He’s a digital nomad”. Digital nomads are like migratory birds traveling long distances all over the world looking for a temporary...

How to Find an Authorized Translator in Albania
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How to Find an Authorized Translator in Albania

TIRANA, November 24 With many Albanians and foreign citizens coming and living in Albania, translation services become essential. Professional translators and interprets are always needed no matter if you are an Albanian or an international citizen submitting and specific application or doing business talks. Certified translation is required when converting text from the Albanian language...