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Albania’s Exports Rose 35.6 % in 2021
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Albania’s Exports Rose 35.6 % in 2021

TIRANA, January 17 With a 35.6 percent surge year-on-year, Albania’s exports hit Lek 369 billion in 2021, data from the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) confirmed on Monday. Meanwhile, imports also surged faster to Lek 801 billion, up 32.3 percent year-on-year. Thus, Albania’s trade deficit in 2021 stood at 432 billion, up 29.6 percent compared to...

Albania’s Inflation Hit 11-Years High in December
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Albania’s Inflation Hit 11-Years High in December

TIRANA, January 12 The consumer price index was 103.7 points in December 2021, its highest reading since June 2011, based on data from the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT). Consumer prices surged at the fastest pace since summer 2011 as food prices, transport, rent, water, fuel, and power prices moved a lot higher. Overall prices rose...

Worker Shortage, Darkest Cloud on the Horizon
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Worker Shortage, Darkest Cloud on the Horizon

TIRANA, December 6 While the labor market experts around the world wonder where all the workers have gone, the situation in Albania is kind of different. Albanians know where the workers are going, what they don’t exactly know is how to handle the workers’ shortage problem. According to Monitor Magazine, Albanian companies from a wide...

Foreign Residents In Albania to Be Equipped with Biometric Cards
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Foreign Residents In Albania to Be Equipped with Biometric Cards

TIRANA, September 10 Over 20,000 foreign citizens holding a valid residence permit in Albania can now apply for a biometric card, the Interior Ministry announced on Thursday. The card will have the same features as the ID cards issued to Albanian citizens. The new document will allow foreign residents to register to e-Albania, and thus...

Albania to Launch e-Visa Service Starting February 1st
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Albania to Launch e-Visa Service Starting February 1st

TIRANA, January 29 Starting next Monday, February 1st, foreign citizens who need a visa to enter Albania can start an online application through the e-visa system. The announcement was made on Friday by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. The e-visa system will phase out any manual processes in the visa system. So far...

COVID-19 Crushed Albania’s International Tourism in 2020
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COVID-19 Crushed Albania’s International Tourism in 2020

TIRANA, January 26 Any official or private campaign for tourism in 2020 in Albania was crushed by the coronavirus pandemic. The recent data published by the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSAT) show how big the impact of the virus on international arrivals was. Even though travel restrictions were eased during summer and Albania never applied...

Albania to Start COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing on Monday
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Albania to Start COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing on Monday

TIRANA, December 4 Starting Monday, December 7th Albania will implement the COVID-19 antigen rapid test in an attempt to contain another wave of infections, Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu said on Friday. She added that 100,000 antigen tests recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) were secured. The rapid antigen test will first be implemented in...

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...

Is Albania Empowering a Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs?
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Is Albania Empowering a Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs?

TIRANA, November 5 So far, only six non-profits got the social enterprise (SE) status in Albania, a recent study conducted by the Regional Incubator for social Entrepreneurs (RISE) confirms. However, the study found that interest in social enterprise seems to be increasing, as seen by interested parties. The Regional Study and Guidelines on Social Entrepreneurship...