The Republic of Kosovo, Capital Pristina

kosovo_state_flagKosovo is a partially recognized state in Southeastern Europe that declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo.Its capital and largest city is Pristina. It is bordered by the Republic of Macedonia and Albania to the south, Montenegro to the west, and the uncontested territory of Serbia to the north and east. Albanian and Serbian are the official languages of Kosovo.

Kosovo is not a member of the United Nations due to its lack of diplomatic recognition from 85 UN member countries. It is, however, a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, International Road and Transport Union (IRU), Council of Europe Development Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Kosovo is a full member of the International Olympic Committee.

Kosovo has a moderate continental climate, although the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea has a tempering effect, especially in the southwest. Summers are warm, with average high temperatures reaching the low 80s F (upper 20s C); average highs during the winter months are in the low 40s F (about 5 °C).

Kosovo has a population of 1,859,203 with a total area size of 10,908 sq. km. The euro became the official currency in 2008. Kosovo had a GDP/PPPof $14.11 billion in 2013 with per capita of $7,600 and a growth rate of 2.5%.

Kosovo’s agriculture sector accounts for over one-tenth of the country’s GDP with about half the farmland used for growing grains, potatoes, berries, and peppers.Manufacturing and other secondary industries account for roughly one-fifth of the GDP.

Kosovo produces construction materials, food and beverages, leather, machinery, and appliances. Metal processing is important as well. Telecommunications is one of the most important and profitable industries in Kosovo. Kosovo’s exports, predominantly scrap metal mining and processed metal products, plastics, wood, went mainly to Belgium, Italy, India, China, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Albania, and Macedonia.

Kosovo’s natural resources are nickel, lead, zinc, magnesium, lignite, kaolin, chrome and bauxite.

Kosovo has one of the most historical places in the very recent history of Europa, which is the NEWBORN monument.Another attraction is the Gračanica monastery completed in 1321, by the Serbian King Milutin. The monastery is one of the most beautiful examples of Serbian medieval (14th century) ecclesiastical architecture. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The New York Times recently included Kosovo on the list of 41 Places to go in 2011.