Nestled in the centre of South Eastern Europe, Kosovo is a fairly young country, only independent since 2008, and also young regarding its population: Over half of the population is younger than 25.
Unemployment is a big problem in Kosovo. Youth unemployment is 60%, overall unemployment 50%. Its large extended families, with several generations living under one roof, characterise Kosovo. The family is everything and households are still predominantly patriarchal.
After the Kosovo War and the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the territory came under the interim administration of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), most of whose roles were assumed by the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) in December 2008. In February 2008, the country declared independence, which has been recognised by 75 countries so far.
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