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Kosovo: 10 facts you did not know

Kosovo is one of the youngest countries in Europe. And we are sure that there are some things you have not known about this country. Therefore, we have collected for you ten interesting facts that will bring you closer to the country in the heart of the Balkans.

  • By Iliriana Tahiraj, Raiffeisen Bank in Kosovo, and Alexandra Jocham, RBI |
  • Events & Lifestyle

1. Small, but rich in forests

Kosovo is the smallest Balkan nation and much of it is forest. In fact, more than 40 per cent of the land is forestry and woodland.  

mountain valley in kosovo

2. Where the streets have famous names

 A statue of Bill Clinton stands on a street in Pristina and one street is named after George W. Bush.

Pristina capital, Bill Clinton street view, Kosovo
Bill Clinton Street, Pristina

3. Young population

Kosovo has the youngest population in Europe. More than 70 per cent of the country’s population is under the age of 35, which makes it the youngest country in all of Europe. The median age of the people of Kosovo is only 29.1 years. 

4. Unusual flag

The flag is unusual among national flags, as it uses a map of the country’s territory as a design element. This makes it one of only two countries – the other one is Cyprus – whose flag doubles as a geographic representation because it shows the silhouette of the country. 

Kosovo flag waving in the blue sky with green fields at mountain peak background. Nature theme.

5. Kosovo is open to different religions

Kosovo is very open to different religions, as Albanians have three religions: Muslims, Catholics and Orthodox. There are towns in Kosovo, such as Ferizaj, where a mosque and an Orthodox church share the same courtyard.

Low Angle View Of Mosque Against Sky

6. Kosovo has already won three Olympic gold medals

Although Kosovo is a young country, its athletes have won three gold medals at the Olympic Games in judo. 

7. Two official languages

There are two official languages in Kosovo: Albanian and Serbian. 

8. Paying in euro

Although Kosovo is not a member of the European Union, the euro is used as currency. 

Hände übergeben zwei Euroscheine an der Kasse im Supermarkt

9. Marvelous Marble Cave

In Kosovo there are numerous limestone caves and hiding places. The most famous sight is the Marble Cave. It was discovered in 1966 by Ahmet Asllani, who was working in his garden. And until today, a large part of the cave is still unexplored. 

By Mejtim Bytyçi - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

10. International celebrities

Despite its size, some famous celebrities come from the country. We are sure you have heard of these two before: Dua Lipa and Rita Ora, for example, are both English singers, songwriters and actresses born in Pristina.

Dua Lipa by Warner Music New Zealand - Catching Up with Dua Lipa at the 2021 Grammys, and Rita Ora by Firdaus Latif - FMFA 2013

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