December 28, 1976Â – The People’s Assembly ofÂ Albania adopts a constitution that effectivelyÂ declares the country an atheist state that “recognizesÂ no religion whatever and supports atheist propaganda for the purpose of inculcating the scientific materialist world outlook in people.” Religious freedom was suppressed under this Communist regime, and laws imposed prison sentences for those found guilty of possessing or distributing religious literature. Restrictions were eased after the death of dictator Enver Hoxha, and in 1998 a new constitution was adopted which provided for governmentÂ neutrality in matters of religion. Albania is 59% Muslim andÂ 17% Christian.
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