Kosovo's total population is estimated around 2 million, 92% of whom Albanians and 4% Serbs. The relations between Kosovo's ethnic Albanian and Serb populations have been hostile since the rise of nationalism in the Balkans during the 19th century. During the Tito-era, the Albanian and Serb populations of Kosovo became irreconcilable. Ethnic prejudices, stereotypes and mutual distrust remained common for decades. This resulted in inter-ethnic violence, including the Kosovo War of 1998–99. The war ended with the military intervention of NATO forcing the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to withdraw its troops from Kosovo, which then became a UN protectorate. On 17 February 2008, Kosovo's Parliament declared independence. Since, Kosovo gained diplomatic recognition as a sovereign state by 108 UN member states. However, Serbia still refuses to recognize Kosovo as an independent country.
Apart from UN military personnel and humanitarian aid workers, Kosovo sees few foreign visitors despite a good tourism potential. During the months of summer, the Kosovar diaspora drives back to their homeland from Switzerland, Germany and the Nordics. This is the time for parties and weddings, during which the diaspora shows off the wealth they accumulated in foreign countries by driving flashy luxury cars and wearing designer clothes.
In the small town of Dragaš (Dragash), the population of 30,000 is made of more thank half Albanians, besides Gorani and Bosniaks. In summer, a number of Albanian wedding celebrations take place on the main square.
Ort: Dragash, Kosovo
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