Kosovo (Serbian Cyrillic: Косово, Serbo-Croatian pronunciation: ) is the Serbian neuter possessive adjective of kos (кос) "blackbird", an ellipsis for Kosovo Polje, 'blackbird field', the name of a plain situated in the eastern half of today's Kosovo and the site of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo Field.
The name "Kosovo" is derived from the Kosovo Plain,  where the Battle of Kosovo was fought between a coalition of Balkan states and the Ottoman Empire. Kosovo's modern history can be traced to the Ottoman Sanjak of Prizren, of which parts were organised into Kosovo Vilayet in 1877.
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Kosovo is administratively subdivided into seven districts, and 38 municipalities. With the current estimation on population, Kosovo ranks as the 150th largest country in the world based on how populous it is.
- 17.09 per 1,000 pop.
- 0.64% (2015 est.)
- 7.0 per 1,000 pop.
- 1,812,473 (2021)
The Kosovo War was an armed conflict in Kosovo that started in February 1998 and lasted until 11 June 1999. It was fought by the forces of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (i.e. Serbia and Montenegro), which controlled Kosovo before the war, and the Kosovo Albanian rebel group known as the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), with air support from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) from ...
- February 1998 – 11 June 1999
- Kumanovo Treaty, Yugoslav forces and institutions pull out of Kosovo, United Nations Resolution 1244, Return of Albanian refugees, Expulsion of over half of the Serb and other non-Albanian civilians, KLA veterans join the UÇPMB, starting the Preševo insurgency, Bulldozer Revolution in 2000
- Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija (then part of Serbia, FR Yugoslavia) and Albania (Albanian & OSCE Claim)
- No de jure changes to Yugoslav borders according to Resolution 1244, but de facto and partial de jure political and economic independence of Kosovo from FR Yugoslavia due to being placed under UN administration
Kosovo is a Balkan kintra in sooth-wastren Europe. It haes a laund mairch wi Montenegro tae the nor'wast, Serbie in the nor'east, the Republic o Macedonie in the south an wi Albanie in the sooth east.
- Serbia's reaction
- Positions taken by sovereign entities
International recognition of Kosovo, since its declaration of independence from Serbia enacted on 17 February 2008, has been mixed, and the international community is divided on the issue. Map of states that have recognised Kosovo's independence Kosovo States that recognise Kosovo as independent States that do not recognise Kosovo as independent States that recognized Kosovo and later withdrew that recognition As of 4 September 2020, 98 out of 193 United Nations member states, 22 out of 27 Europ
A number of states expressed concern over the unilateral character of Kosovo's declaration, or explicitly announced that they would not recognise an independent Kosovo. The United Nations Security Council remains divided on this issue: of its five members with veto power, three have recognised the declaration of independence, while the People's Republic of China has expressed concern, urging the continuation of the previous negotiation framework. The Russian Federation has rejected the declarati
Due to Serbian claims that Kosovo is part of its sovereign territory, its initial reactions included recalling ambassadors from countries that recognised Kosovo for several months, indicting Kosovar leaders on charges of high treason, and litigating the case at the International Court of Justice. Serbia also expelled ambassadors from countries that recognised Kosovo after the UNGA vote adopting Serbia's initiative to seek an ICJ advisory opinion.
According to a 2020 study, states which have strong ties to the United States are more likely to recognize Kosovo, whereas states with stronger ties to Russia are less likely to recognize Kosovo.
Kosovo, assim, significa, literalmente, "do(s) melro(s)". O nome ganhou proeminência mundial por importante batalha, definidora da identidade sérvia, que teve lugar em 1389 na planície então chamada, em sérvio, Kosovo Polje - literalmente, "campo dos melros".
The Albanians of Kosovo, also commonly called Kosovo Albanians or Kosovar Albanians, constitute the largest ethnic group in Kosovo. Kosovo Albanians Albanians in Kosovo Total population 2–3 million Regions with significant populations Kosovo 1,616,869 Other regions Europe Turkey600,000+ Germany300,000 Switzerland200,000 Italy43,751 Austria21,371 Sweden19,576 Croatia17,513 Finland12,359 United Kingdom10,643 Netherlands8,500 Belgium7,891 Slovenia6,783 Americas United States13,452 Canada2...
Kosovo Albanians belong to the ethnic Albanian sub-group of Ghegs, who inhabit the north of Albania, north of the Shkumbin river, Kosovo, southern Serbia, and western parts of North Macedonia. In the 14th century in two chrysobulls or decrees by Serbian rulers, villages of Albani
A large number of Albanians alongside smaller numbers of urban Turks were expelled and/or fled from what is now contemporary southern Serbia during the Serbian–Ottoman War. Many settled in Kosovo, where they and their descendants are known as muhaxhir, also muhaxher, and ...
There is a large Kosovo Albanian diaspora in central Europe.
Culturally, Albanians in Kosovo are very closely related to Albanians in Albania. Traditions and customs differ even from town to town in Kosovo itself. The spoken dialect is Gheg, typical of northern Albanians. The language of state institutions, education, books, media and newspapers is the standard dialect of Albanian, which is closer to the Tosk dialect.
The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA ; Albanian: Ushtria Çlirimtare e Kosovës – UÇK , [uʃˈtɾija t͡ʃliɾimˈtaɾɛ ɛ ˈkɔsɔvəs]) was an ethnic-Albanian separatist militia that sought the separation of Kosovo from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) and Serbia during the 1990s and the eventual creation of Greater Albania due to the presence of a vast ethnic majority of Albanians in ...