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Kosovo

Beautiful mountains, ancient ruins, gorgeous countryside, utmost hospitality, more than six different cultures, nightlife and cafe culture buzzing in Prishtina, the capital of the youngest European nation, attractive towns featuring medieval Christian Orthodox monasteries and mosques from the Ottoman period all carry the newly gained air of independence.

Medieval Monuments in Kosovo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that consists of four Orthodox Christian monasteries of Decani, Patriarchate of Pec, Our Lady of Ljevis and Gracanica. The national parks Bjeshkët e Nemuna (the Cursed Mountains) and the Sharr Mountain preserve rich wildlife.

Kosovo as an independent country since 2008 boasts rich history clearly visible in every step you take in it.

National holidays

January 1 New Year's Day
January 7 Orthodox Christmas Day
February 17 Independence Day
April 9   Constitution Day
--- Easter Monday
--- Orthodox Easter Monday
May 1       Labour Day
May 9 Europe Day
--- Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
--- Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
December 25 Christmas Day

Basic facts

Electricity

The plug of choice is 220 Volts, AC, 50 Hz, two-pin socket supply.

Money

Kosovo unilaterally adopted the euro as its currency in 2002; however, it is not an official Eurozone member.

Credit cards

Larger cities will take credit cards, especially MasterCard and Visa but make sure to have enough change when travelling to smaller towns and countryside.

Religion

Predominant religious affiliation in Kosovo is Islam, followed by Christian Catholic and Orthodox.

Safety

Walking the streets of any town or city at any time is relatively safe, however, the best advice may be to employ your common sense.

Smoking

Smoking is forbidden in all public institutions, educational institutions and healthcare institutions unless there's a designated smoking area. Most bars and cafés have some kind of non-smoking area. And since early 2011, authorities are actually enforcing the law.

Visas

Citizens of the EU, the USA and Canada and can stay in Kosovo for 90 days without further paperwork.