Kosovo celebrates 6th year of independence

After the former-Yugoslav country declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, it managed to gain recognition from 106 would countries.

Kosovo celebrates 6th year of independence

World Bulletin / News Desk

Kosovo today is celebrating its sixth anniversary as an independent country.

After the former-Yugoslav country declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, it managed to gain recognition from 106 would countries.

However, six years on, Kosovo still does not have a seat in the United Nations and is unable to be represented in international sporting tournaments.

It is also the only country in Europe where its citizens do not have the freedom to travel in the continent.

While the country is made of largely of ethnic Albanians, who comprise 93% of the population, unification with Albania is off the agenda.

Ethnic Serbs mainly live in the disputed territory of Mitrovica and have up until today had a problem accepting the authority of the Kosovo government.

Despite Serbia's insistence on ethnic Serbs participating in Kosovo's electoral process, some Serb groups in Mitrovica have protested against this.

NATO forces work as peacekeepers between the capital Pristine and the northern territory of Mitrovica.

40% of the country's 2 million people face unemployment, which is one of the main problems faced by this new country.

Talks regarding EU membership are ongoing.

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