Albania

Population: 3,169,087

Economy: While Albania emerged from a Communist economy in the 1990′s, it remains one of Europe’s two poorest countries. While there is marked improvement, poor infrastructure, corruption and high emigration rates hamper further growth.

Religion: No religion was allowed to exist in Communist Albania from 1967. The ban was lifted in 1990, but no legal provision for religious freedom was made until 1998. Since then Albania enjoys total religious freedom, cherished by many. The majority of Albanians are very nominal, but some traditional religious groups have had a tendency to resent and oppose the proselytism and activities of both evangelical and marginal cults.