In Albanian, moods and emotions are a critical part of expressing yourself. It is good to know concrete nouns and adjectives, but if you really want to dive deep and make a long-lasting connection with Albanian natives, you need to know these more abstract terms. Let's start with the basics: Happy (I lumtur) and Sad (E trishtuar).
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Basically, the Albanian language is from the Indo-European language family. It borrows heavily from its neighbors, including Italy(with many Latin loanwords) and other Slavic languages and Balkan languages. However, it is unique on the language tree. Standard Albanian uses the Latin alphabet, not the Greek alphabet. There are approximately 8 million Albanian speakers globally.
|Embarrassed||I zënë ngushtë|
About the World Happiness Report:
The World Happiness Report is an annual study released by the United Nations. It ranks people by how happy they feel with their lives in their native country. There are 156 countries in total. Citizens fill in a questionnaire and a 1 to 10 scale rank how pleased they are with the following aspects of their life: (1) business & economic, (2) citizen engagement, (3) communications & technology, (4) diversity (social issues), (5) education & families, (6) emotions (well-being), (7) environment & energy, (8) food & shelter, (9) government and politics, (10) law & order (safety), (11) health, (12) religion & ethics, (13) transportation, and (14) work.
Albanian currently ranks at 93 with an index score of 5.117. It has shown a steady improvement in recent years. In 2020 it was 105, in 2019- 107, and in 2018- 112.
It is worth saying that this still ranks as one of the lowest scores in Europe. For comparison Greece is 51st, and Italy is 30. The only country that compares to Albania is Turkey which has had a terrible few years due to its poor economy and natural disasters.
Albania has a chronic shortage of psychiatrists. Albania has the lowest number of mental health doctors in Europe, just 1 psychiatrist per 100,000 people. Compare that to Turkey with 5 per 100,000, Bulgaria, 9 per 100,000.
Albania also has high rates of depression. It is estimated that 60-70% of Albanians have suffered from depression.
For more evidence that Albania is having big problems with depression, you just have to look at sales of depression medications like Xanax. In 2016 the import percentage rose by 18%.
Every citizen of every country has a certain level of patriotism that changes over time.
Nationalism is a term usually used when patriotism slides into an ethnic nationalism and often a kind of racism towards other countries. After the fall of Communism, people needed something to replace the previous ideology, and some chose Albanian nationalism. This was further enflamed by the Yugoslav wars and Kosovan independence.
Ironically, a lot of Albanian nationalism comes from people who don't actually live in Albania and made a life in Turkey or Greece.
Albanian nationalism is not always a bad thing. Nationalism protects Albanian identity, interests, and cultural artifacts. Again, problems arise when people compare themselves to other people and say that one way of living is better.
Nationalism often comes to a head when the sport is involved. For example, when Kosovo was admitted to Fifa, fans debated who Kosovo-born Albanians should support.
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