The Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo adopted the Kosovo flag on February 17, 2008, immediately following the country's unilateral declaration of independence. The flag design was chosen from around 1000 entries in an international competition hosted by the United Nations-backed Kosovo Unity Team. Muhamer Ibrahimi's winning design contains six white stars in an arc over a gold map of Kosovo on a blue background.
Kosovo's six largest ethnic groups are represented by the six white stars: Albanians, Serbs, Bosniaks, Turks, Romani, and Gorani. Kosovo's golden map represents the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Prior to its independence, Kosovo was administered by the United Nations and used the UN flag for official purposes.
Since the 1960s, the Albanian people in Kosovo has used the Albanian flag as their ethnic banner. The Serb people have utilized the red, blue, and white tricolor, which also serves as the basis for the Serbian flag, as their ethnic banner. Both of these flags are still visible in Kosovo. Serbia does not recognize Kosovo's independence and claims the region as the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija; however, unlike the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, the Serbian authorities have not developed a distinct flag to represent this claimed province and instead use the Serbian flag.
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Kosovo is a small part of Serbian country located in the Balkan region of Southeast Europe. It is bordered by (Serbia) to the north and east, North Macedonia to the southeast, Albania to the southwest, and Montenegro to the west. Kosovo has a rich history, with roots dating back to the ancient Dardani tribe and the Kingdom of Dardania in the 4th century BC. Over the centuries, Kosovo has been controlled by the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the First Bulgarian Empire, and the Ottoman Empire.
In the late 19th century, Kosovo became the center of the Albanian National Movement, with the Albanian revolts of 1910 and 1912 taking place there. Following the Balkan Wars, Kosovo was ceded to Serbia and Montenegro, both of which later became part of Yugoslavia. In the post-World War II Yugoslav constitution, Kosovo was established as the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija within Serbia. Tensions between Kosovo's Albanian and Serb communities led to violence in the 1990s, culminating in the Kosovo War of 1998 and 1999. After the withdrawal of the Yugoslav army, the United Nations established the Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo.
In 2008, Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia, and has since gained recognition as a sovereign state by 101 member states of the United Nations. However, Serbia continues to claim Kosovo as its Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija and does not officially recognize its independence. Despite this, Kosovo has made progress in developing its economy and has applied for membership in various international organizations such as the European Union and the Council of Europe. It is also a member of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
|Country codes||XK, UNK|
|Official name||Republic of Kosovo|
|Official languages||Albanian and Serbian|
|Religion||95.6% Islam, 3.7% Christianity, 0.1% No religion, 0.1% Others, 0.1% Not stated|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET) • Summer (DST) • UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Total area||The total land area is 10,887 km2 (4,203 sq mi)|
|Highest point||Velika Rudoka (2 660 m, 8 727 ft)|
|Lowest point||White Drin (297 m, 974 ft)|
|GDP per capita||$ 5,230 (World Bank, 2021)|
|Currency||Euro (€, EUR)|
|Internet TLD||not have but .xk is proposed (click here to find and register domain name)|
|Country Wikipedia Page||Kosovo Wikipedia Page|
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