Kosovo declared its independence 10 years ago today, on February 17 2008. And while celebrations are happening today, and much progress has been made, many challenges remain.
It has been recognized by more than 110 states, including Germany, Great Britain, France, Canada, United States as an independent state. China, Russia, India, Spain, Cyprus, Greece refuse to recognize the country.
Kosovo is a member of 200 international organizations. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have both recognize Kosovo as an independent entity and despite not being a member of the European Union, the official currency is the Euro.
At just 4,212 square miles, it is roughly the size of Jamaica. It is bordered by Albania to the west, Macedonia to the south, Montenegro to the north-west, and Serbia to the north.
Unemployment is at about 32%. Youth unemployment ranges around 60%. Kosovo has the youngest population in Europe. Half its population of 1.9 million is under the age of 25. Corruption remains a problem.