Kosovo. It was a relatively quiet year in Kosovo, in practice a UN protectorate where residents gradually took over responsibility. At the same time, the Albanian majority continued to seek independence, while the Western powers wanted to retain Kosovo as an autonomous province of Serbia.
According to Countryaah website, only in March was the parliament elected in November 2001 to appoint Ibrahim Rugova as president after several unsuccessful attempts. Rugova is the leader of the largest party of the Kosovo Democratic Alliance (LDK), which received 45% of the vote, and he has long been regarded as a relatively moderate force.
As a compromise, Parliament at the same time elected the head of the Kosovo Democratic Party (PDK), Bajram Rexhepi, as prime minister. He was previously active in the UCK guerrilla and was accused by Serbia of torturing Yugoslav soldiers during the war. The compromise proposal had been prepared by the UN’s new top name in Kosovo, the German Michael Steiner, who took over after the Danish Hans Hekkerup at the beginning of the year.
Rugova’s party LDK performed strongly even in the municipal elections held in October. The party gained its own majority in 11 of 30 municipalities and formed a coalition in several others. The elections were part of the process that would lead to the transfer of power from the UN.
In November, the UN authority in Kosovo, UNMIK, for the first time brought charges against Kosovo Albanian former guerrillas. There were four people who were prosecuted for e.g. illegal arrests, torture and murder. The victims were also Kosovo Albanians. Among the arrested were one of the highest-ranking UCK leaders, Rustem Mustafa.
In a resolution, the Kosovo parliament condemned the agreement that replaced Yugoslavia with a loose union, called Serbia and Montenegro. In the settlement, Kosovo would remain part of Serbia, which was completely rejected by the majority Albanian population.
Kosovo Country Overview
Finnish citizens do not need a visa when traveling to Kosovo.
Kosovo has a continental climate. Summer and fall are warm as well as dry weather, while in winter temperatures drop quite low and heavy snowfall is common.
- According to ABBREVIATIONFINDER.ORG, RKS stands for Kosovo.
Everyone participating in the trip must have a valid travel insurance that covers medical expenses in the event of illness or other similar need. Please check the validity of your own insurance and the terms and conditions of the insurance cancellation cover.
Please pay attention to the special nature of your trip and check the coverage of the insurance in that respect as well. In many locations, the insurance must also be valid when moving at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters, in which case it also covers mountain sickness.
Many hiking or diving trips require more extensive insurance, which covers, for example, diving or moving on a glacier. Please check the contents of your insurance with your insurance company.
No special vaccinations are required in Kosovo, but please always check the vaccination requirements at your health center or the vaccination advice of the tourist clinic
Currency: Kosovo’s currency is the Euro.
Time difference to Finland
-1 hour time difference to Finland.
in Kosovo electricity is generally 230 V.
In general, mobile phones work well, please check the coverage of your subscription with your operator. The area code for Kosovo is +383