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Kosovo Facts

A region in southeastern Europe

  • Kosovo was part of Serbia in the Middle Ages.
  • The Battle of Kosovo, in 1389, is regarded by Serbs as a defining moment in their history and identity.
  • The partially recognised Republic of Kosovo declared itself an independent state in 2008, and has control over most of the territory.
  • North Kosovo, the largest Serb enclave, is largely under the control of institutions of the Republic of Serbia or parallel structures subsidised by Serbia.
  • Serbia and a number of other countries do not recognise the secession of Kosovo and consider it a UN-governed entity within its sovereign territory.
  • Kosovo is rich in lead, zinc, silver, nickel, cobalt, copper, iron and bauxite.
  • Official languages in Kosovo are standard literary Albanian and Serbian. Laws are also published in English.
  • Kosovo produces both red and white Wine.
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