Religious Distribution in Albania

2008 – Albania
Is religion an important part of your daily life?

No N/A Yes
Total 62% 5% 33%
Male 66% 6% 28%
Female 58% 5% 37%
age 15-24 76% 6% 18%
age 25-34
59% 6% 35%
age 35-49
58% 6% 36%
age 50+
57% 5% 38%

2008 – Albania
Have you attended a place of worship or religious service within the past 7 days?

No N/A Yes
Total 76% 2% 22%
Male 77% 3% 20%
Female 74% 1% 25%
age 15-24 82% 2% 16%
age 25-34
77% 2% 21%
age 35-49
76% 3% 21%
age 50+
71% 1% 28%

poll conducted worldwide in 2008, by Gallup Inc.

Call for Scientologists to Project Albania

Below you can find the two pages of the 1992 letter by Scott Chaplin, Bookstore officer for the Church of Scientology’s Advanced Organization, Saint Hill United Kingdom, calling people to participate in Project Albania. This document is also one of the first steps towards Project BULGRAVIA.

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BULGRAVIA – a Pan-Balkan state for Scientology

The BUL_GR_A_VIA project is a Scientology initiated effort to gain control over a Balkan region that included Bulgaria, Greece, Albania and Yugoslavia, in order to establish a safe geographic territory (if not a Scientology state), from which to operate globally, with the minimum of disturbances. The documents show, the efforts started at the end of 1992 and around December were taking shape.

Albania, apparently, was the first country to be chosen, since its internal problems, destabilized it, making it an easy target, looking for any assistance to stand on its feet. The World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE) was the infiltrating tool of Scientology and very understandably so, since for a covert operation in this scale, pure Scientology would not make good Public Relations, given its terrible reputation worldwide.

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Missionary activity in Albania after 1992

Excerpt from the book “Albania: from Anarchy to a Balkan Identity” by Miranda Vickers, James Pettifer, pages 115-117.

Since 1991 missionaries and clerics from a variety of European and American Christian Churches have flooded into Albania. Because Albania had been officially proclaimed the world’s first and only atheist country, the need for Christian teaching was deemed by these highly-motivated zealots to be more necessary there than in any of the other former communist countries. The majority of Albanians have found the arrival of many of these groups a bewildering experience, especially as many of these visitors come from the wilder fringes of cultist movements.

Albanians were ignorant of the existence of so many different Christian religions, and as a result some members of Parliament proposed a law that would forbid any missionary activity unconnected with one of Albania’s established religions – Islam, Bektashism, Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholicism. This, however, was such a sensitive issue, dealing as it did with the fundamental freedom to practise one’s religion, that the matter remained unsettled.

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History of Jihad against the pre-Islamic Albanians (1332-1920)

A quite biased and anti-Islam, but somewhat useful overview on ‘How the Christian Albanians struggled against the Jihad to be overwhelmed by Islam and get submerged into the Dar-ul-Islam’.


The History of Jihad site is brought to you by a panel of contributors. This site is co-ordinated by Robin MacArthur with Mahomet Mostapha and Naim al Khoury, New Jersey.
Other contributors to this site include professors and members of the faculty from the Universities of Stanford and Michigan (Ann Arbor), Kansas State University, Ohio State University, and the London School of Economics. We strongly suggest that this site be recommended as additional reading for students of Islamic History.

Many of us think that Albania and Kosovo are Muslim nations. Not many know about how the Christian Albanians became Muslims.

The saga of the Jihadi onslaught on Albania begins when the expanding Ottoman Empire overpowered the Balkan Peninsula in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. When the wild Ottoman armies burst upon Albania, the feuding Albanian clans proved no match for the armies of the sultan

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