What are some basic facts about Kosovo?

Kosovo has a land area of 10.908 square kilometers. According to the most recent data from the Statistical Office of Kosovo from June 2012, Kosovo has an estimated population of 1,815,606 (December 2012 estimation) million inhabitants.  205,133 of those inhabitants live in the capital city, Pristina. With an estimated 70% of the citizenry being under the age of 35, Kosovo has one of the youngest populations in all of Europe.

Ethnic Albanians compose the vast majority of the population at 90%, and the largest minority group is Serbs. Other minority groups include Bosnians, Turks, Roma, Gorans, Ashkali, and Egyptians.

Kosovo’s central location in the Balkans makes it an excellent strategic trading location, offering close access to Skopje, Shengjin Port, Tirana, and Durres, and relatively close access to Sofia, Thessaloniki, Belgrade, Bar, and Sarajevo. Kosovo borders Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, and Montenegro, and it is only a four-hour drive away from Greece.

The climate of Kosovo varies during the four seasons, with cold temperatures and snow in the winter and relatively hot temperatures in the summer. Fertile plains and an abundance of agriculturally-suited land allow for a diverse variety of flora and fauna in the country.