By Iliriana Tahiraj, Raiffeisen Bank in Kosovo, and Alexandra Jocham, RBI |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Popular 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.
By Firdaus Latif – FMFA 2013, CC BY-SA 2.0
By Warner Music New Zealand – Catching Up with Dua Lipa at the 2021 Grammys, CC BY 3.0,