Kosovo is still struggling to reconcile itself with its recent bloody past. The conflict has resulted in a large number of the population fleeing to neighbouring countries, yet the natural beauty of its lakes and the opportunity to develop could invite more people back than it could have ever imagined.
In the mid-1990s hundreds of thousands of refugees fled to Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro. Thousands of people died in the conflict described in Tim Judah’s Kosovo.
The highly acclaimed Albanian writer Ismail Kadare focused on this small nation in his collection of three short stories called Three Elegies For Kosovo.
There is a large amount of traditional Albanian music in Kosovo, which is characterised by the use of the çiftelia (an authentic Albanian instrument), the mandolin, the mandola and other percussion instruments. Roma music in Kosovo is known to contain oriental rhythms called Tallava.