Sunday, 20 August 2017

Albania Improves Competitiveness Ranking   
12 September 2011 | The ranking of Albania has improved significantly this year in the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum. After taking 88th position last year, the Balkan country jumped 10 places upwards, ranking as 78th.

The index, which is one of the most respected globally, has also described Albanian economy as efficiency-driven.

The country has ranked even better in some of the surveyed areas, such as government efficiency (42th position), security (49), private institutions (41), health (44) and quality of higher education (50). General government debt, market size and financial market development are amongst Albania's weakest sides.

In the Balkans, Albania's competitiveness is being surpassed only by the two EU member-states, Bulgaria and Romania, by Montenegro and Croatia.

Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia are behind, Greece has also been rated worse, taking the 90th position.




Balkan Culinary Wars III: Other People’s Meatballs

Ćevapčići from Leskovac, köfte from İzmir or Bulgarian kebapche? Greek keftedes too, please!
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Curiosity Chest

Greece and Albania: In the Kingdom of Ali Pasha

While travelling through the Balkans, Morelle Smith gets to know the infamous Ali Pasha, the “Lion of Ioannina.” First through the eyes of nineteenth-century writer Dora d'Istria and then through the impressive architectural heritage he left in Albania and Northern Greece. And she falls for his charms. And how could she not, knowing how fiercely Ali Pasha treated the women who turned him down? Full Story

Useful Reads

Through Another Europe (2009) | Edited by Andrew Hammond

When Henry Blount journeyed through Bosnia in the 1630s, two things struck him: the purity of the water and the great height of the Bosnians, which, he noted, “made me suppose them the offspring of those old Germans noted by Tacitus and Caesar for their huge size.”
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16-Year Old Kejsi Tola to Represent Albania in Eurovision Song Contest

20 March 2009 | Kejsi Tola, a student at the Art College of Tirana, will be heading to Moscow this year for Eurovision. She cleared her own path to Moscow by winning the National Song Festival in December.
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