Day 14

DECEMBER | 2022

Albania

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Protests in both the UK and Albania drew attention to the reality many experience in Albania. More than 12,000 Albanians entered the UK this year looking for a new life. In Albania, people have been protesting the corruption, lack of job opportunities, and the fact that so many Albanians are leaving Albania. Anti-government rallies in the capital city have been demanding changes. Pray that those who are searching for hope may find it in Jesus this month as we celebrate Christmas. May the good news of Jesus Christ be preached and may it touch hearts (The Bible, Luke 15:10).

Source: ‘We all want to leave’: poverty, not crime, fuels the urge to flee Albania (The Guardian)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Albania was once the poorest nation in Europe but has been working hard to transform its economy in the last decade. Regardless of the devastating earthquake in November 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic, Albania made a robust recovery during 2021, though the war in Ukraine may slow the progress this year. Despite having a well-known mob, Albania made notable steps in combating drugs, weapons, and human trafficking. The process of Albania’s accession to the European Union is ongoing. Under Communist rule, no religion was allowed. Now, Islam claims twice as many followers as Christianity. Christian Believers enjoy worshipping openly in a country that once restricted religious freedom, although, most who claim Christianity are reported to be nominal in their faith.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Bujar Nishani
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Edi Rama
POPULATION
3,029,000
CHRISTIANS
26.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
8,032
LIFE EXPECTANCY
77.54 yrs
LITERACY RATE
96.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
14.3%