Kosovo was declared independent from Serbia in 2008. In ancient times,it was inhabited by the Illyrian tribes of Dardanai. They prospered and even created their own kingdom but despite a strong defense, they were defeated and became part of the Roman Empire. The region was not noted for much during the early Middle Ages but started flourishing again in the late Middle Ages and as part of the Ottoman Empire with cities as trade centers and on trade routes. The region was part of the ottoman Empire until 1912 when Yugoslavia invaded it. From the 1990s until 2008 it was part of the Republic of Serbia. Because of its history, the number of tours in Kosovo has been increasing year by year.
Population: 1.83 million | Capital: Prishtina | Language: Albanian | Surface: 10,908 km2