Hero of Socialist Labour (Albania)
|Hero of Socialist Labor|
|Awarded by Albania|
|Awarded for||Exceptional achievements in national economy and culture|
|Status||No longer awarded|
|Next (lower)||Partisan Star|
|Related||People's Hero of Albania|
Hero of Socialist Labour (Albanian: Hero i Punës Socialiste) was an honorary title in Albania and other Warsaw Pact countries. It was the highest degree of distinction for exceptional achievements in national economy and culture. It provided a similar status to the title People's Hero of Albania that was awarded for heroic deeds, but unlike the latter, was awarded to citizens who contributed to the development of Albania's industry, agriculture, transportation, trade, science and technology and promoted the might and the glory of Albania.
The title was introduced by the decree of the Albanian parliament in 1954 and extended to agricultural workers with a law in 1961. Only the Albanian parliament could deprive a person of this title.
Notes and references
-  Full list of honorary titles given in Albania in the 1945-1990 period
-  1961 Law to extend the title to agricultural workers