Where is Kosovo located in Europe and on the world map? Here is the answers…
Where Is Kosovo Located?
Kosovo (10 887 km²) is located in the south of Serbia; it is limited to the south-east by the Republic of Macedonia, to the southwest by Albania, to the northwest by the Republic of Montenegro. The capital of Kosovo is Prishtinë (in Albanian) or Priština (in Serbian). The area of Kosovo is approximately one-third of that of Belgium.
Kosovo is made up of the plains of Kosovo Polje and Metohija and their mountainous border, hence the name of Kosovo-Metohija, which is sometimes abbreviated as Kosmet. The term Kosovo-Metohija is generally used by the authorities of the Republic of Serbia.
The current status of Kosovo is not yet definitively settled. Until 17 February 2008, at least according to international law, Kosovo was a province of the Republic of Serbia. After years of fruitless negotiations with Serbia, the Kosovo government unilaterally declared independence in 2008. This was the last piece of the Yugoslavian puzzle. Independent Kosovo, where Albanians account for about 90 percent of the two million inhabitants, has so far been recognized by only part of the international community, or 90 countries in 2012. According to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, On 22 July 2010, Kosovo’s declaration of independence does not violate international law: it is possible to declare one’s independence without violating international law.
Kosovo is located on the Balkan Peninsula, between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountainous regions of southern Europe. This geographical position gives it its great variation in annual temperatures; summers with high temperatures exceeding 40 ° C and fairly cold winters (down to -30 ° C). The climate of Kosovo is considered to be continental wet.
The independence of Kosovo raises the question of the viability of its economy, still very dependent on foreign aid, as noted in 2006 by the Franco-Austrian Center for rapprochement in Europe. Despite the presence of 5,000 NATO troops, 1,000 police officers, judges and prosecutors from the European Union, Kosovo remains a hotbed and center for organized crime activities, according to a report by European Commission of 2009.
Kosovo’s economic activity is weak with GDP per capita close to the poorest countries of the European continent. It is comparable to that of Albania, Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2012, 8% of the population of Kosovo lives on less than one euro per day and officially 38% of the population is unemployed.
The United Nations that administers the province (and still the self-proclaimed state territory) since the end of the 1999 conflict, had planned a plan and economic aid, but we can not speak of success. The European Union has paid quite a lot of aid, but the needs remain enormous.