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Albania

Long considered Europe's most isolated country, located next to the former Yugoslavia on the Adriatic Sea, Albania after the end of the Cold War became open to diverse cultural influences and global religious trends. With an ethnically homogeneous population of more than 3.6 million, the general estimates of religious diversity purport the population to be 70% Muslim, 20% Albanian Orthodox, and 10% Roman Catholic. These statistics, based on a pre-1944 census of questionable merit, misleadingly characterize the diversity of religious identification and adherence in what was the world's only officially atheist country. Most Albanians retain an indifference toward religion, though many acknowledge some religious affiliation, at least as an ethnic marker if not as a lived category, but its role in people's lives is developing ...

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