February 17, 2008
Not fully-recognisedPartially-recognised state and disputed territory in southeastSoutheastern Europe
Kosovo (Albanian: Kosova or Kosovë), officially the Republic of Kosovo (Albanian: Republika e Kosovës), is partially-recognised state and disputed territory in Southeastern Europe. On 17 February 2008, Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia. It has since gained diplomatic recognition as a sovereign state by 98 UN member states.
Geographically defined in an area of 10,887 km2 (4,203 sq mi), Kosovo is landlocked in the center of the Balkans and bordered by the uncontested territory of Serbia to the north and east, North Macedonia to the southeast, Albania to the southwest and Montenegro to the west.