Kosovo Flying in Europe’s Youngest Country

It has a modern airport and beautiful scenery to attract and delight tourists, as well as the many emigrants who regularly revisit their beloved homeland. Yet, the Republic of Kosovo is a nation that is still finding its wings, as Wolfgang Grimme and Sven Maertens discover.

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The apron at Pristina is home to a variety of carriers including easyJet, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
PRISTINA AIRPORT / PETRIT RRAHMANI

Despite a charming mountainous landscape, delicious Turkish and Albanian-influenced food and a vibrant, welleducated population, the Republic of Kosovo is among the few nations in Europe that has yet to make it onto the mass tourism radar. Landlocked in the central Balkan Peninsula, the country – which declared its independence in 2008 – is bordered by Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, hinting at its troubled past.

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