March 22, 2017 - After a long period of communism, which ended twenty-five years ago, Albania is now in a period of transition. Although Albania’s economy has grown steadily in recent years, it has one of the highest poverty rates in Europe, therefore it is still considered to be a middle-income country in transition. There are still big differences between the highly populated capital city and its hinterlands. Services, construction and administration are mainly concentrated in Tirana. Rural areas remain rather vacant, even though they have a lot of potential.