More recently, there are signs of economic growth and increasing investments from foreign investors.
Intermittant power cuts have been reduced to the degree that Albania now exports energy.
It was written by Ben Andoni in Tirana: “Could I tell my mother that I am gay? I would never want to cause her such trauma at this stage in her life.They continue to be subjected to discrimination in all walks of life, and that includes state institutions,” he adds.In the past the majority of homosexuals leaving the country tended to pass through the illegal smuggling routes that were such a familiar feature of the Balkans during the 1990s.The end of communism has contributed to Albania being a country of origin and country of transit for persons, primarily women and children, trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Since 2001, the age of consent is equal for everyone, at 14, regardless of gender and/or sexual orientation, since.The country is one of a very few countries in Europe which explicitly bans discrimination on the grounds of gender identity as well as sexual orientation.The largest majority of the population is Albanian and religiously Muslim (70%), while Orthodox Christians are second with 20% and Roman Catholics consisting of only 10%.Historically, Albania has never had a state religion either as a republic or as a kingdom.Now a growing number is turning to human rights organizations, like AHRG.“Our biggest problem is identifying ourselves and the possibility of having a shared space where we can meet without fear. “We were sitting in a park when two police vans pulled over.(1) A gay traveler in Albania posted this comment on the Lonely Planet Gay Thorn Tree forum: “Albania is overwhelmingly Islam so being gay is not exactly an open and accepted thing.However the majority of Albanians I met said that Nationality is the first religion of Albania then that is followed by Islam.