Kosovo (Albanian: Kosova, Serbian: Kосово и Метохија, Kosovo i Metohija) is a country in South Eastern Europe. After a lengthy and often violent dispute with Serbia, Kosovo declared independence in February 2008 and is recognised by about half of the countries around the world, despite heavy opposition from Serbia, which continues to consider Kosovo an illegitimately separated province of Serbia.
The population of Kosovo is about 92% Albanian, who use the name ''Kosova'' in their Albanian tongue. Although the official name in English ''Republic of Kosovo'' is approved by Kosovo's Albanian-speaking authorities, the word ''Kosova'' finds its way into the English vernacular of locals. If you are interested in more than just seeing beautiful mountains and ancient ruins on your vacation to the region, Kosovo strongly recommends itself. *Seeing the UN and the international community in action (or lack thereof) is quite interesting. *Speaking to people in a post conflict environment is an eye-opener that tends to cause a person to stop thinking of people in countries of civil conflict as simply nuts. *You'll get a first hand view of more than 6 different cultures (Albanian, Serb, Roma, Ashkalia, Bosniak, and Turkish) *You'll gain an understanding of what happens when governments allow industry to function when both environmental regulations and solid, defensible property rights are scarce. *You'll come to enjoy a lot of coffee-shops around Pristina. *The Kosovars tend to be very friendly towards the USA for its support of their independence (i.e., they have "Bill Clinton Boulevard" in Pristina, and a large mural of him on the side of a building). They also are very friendly to Western European and Middle Eastern countries.