Demographics of Kosovo
The demographic features of the population of Kosovo, includes various factors such as population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population. The dominant ethnic group is Albanian, with significant minorities of Serbs and others.
- 1 Population
- 2 Vital statistics
- 3 Wedlocks and divorces
- 4 Cities
- 5 Ethnic groups
- 6 The Third Demographic, Social and Reproductive Health Survey in Kosovo
- 7 Health
- 8 Migration
- 9 Religion
- 10 2011 Census
- 11 History
- 11.1 14th century
- 11.2 15th century
- 11.3 16th century
- 11.4 17th - 18th centuries
- 11.5 19th century
- 11.6 20th century
- 11.7 Balkan Wars and World War I-World War II
- 11.8 World War II
- 11.9 1948 census
- 11.10 1953 census
- 11.11 1961 census
- 11.12 1971 census
- 11.13 1981 census
- 11.14 1991 census
- 11.15 1995 estimate
- 11.16 2011 census
- 11.17 Kosovo War refugees
- 12 CIA World Factbook demographic statistics
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
The 2000 Living Standard Measurement Survey by Statistical Office of Kosovo (rejected by Belgrade): Total population estimated between 1.8-2.0 million. From 2000, AMSJ (confirmed by Kosovo Statistical Office in 2003), estimating a 1,900,000 strong population.
Kosovo currently has the youngest population in Europe, with a fertility estimated by the Census Bureau of 2.4 children per woman.  As recently as 1990,  Kosovo's population structure resembled those of countries like Haiti, and was in stark contrast to the rest of Serbia  and other European countries. In recent years, however, Kosovo's population growth rate has begun to slow and its birth rate has decreased.
In 2009 in Kosovo were registered 34,477 births, 34,240 of them were born alive, while 237 were born dead. The vitality ratio (ratio between live births and total deaths) was 9. Ratio of dead births-fetal deaths in 1000 births was 6.9 promil. The age group of mothers was as following: 25–29 years age group with 35.1%, 20–24 years old age groups with 26.4%, age group 30–34 years with 23.3%, and other age group compose 15.2% of the total number of births. The average age of women who have children born in 2009, is 27.7 years. Under the weight of children born in health institutions, the majority of infants with weight is 3000-3499gr. or 31.4% from 3500 to 3999 gr. 23.7%, from 2500 to 2999 gr.12.7%, etc. Live babies born weighing less than 1000 gr. constitute only 0.3%. Under education, mothers with primary school dominate the top with 44.9% of secondary but not tertiary and university with 7.2%, etc. Frequent names in 2009 for girls were Erza(114 times)and Suela (108 times) while for boys was the names Leon (159 times) and Leart(124 times). https://esk.rks-gov.net/ENG/pop/publications
|Year||Born alive||Dead (total)||Dead (infant)||Natural increase||Wedlock||Divorce|
VITAL PHENOMENA IN KOSOVO ACCORDING TO YEAR 2002 - 2011 result
DEATHS ACCORDING YEARS AND GENDER, 2002-2011
|Year||Total||Male||Female||Male %||Female %|
|Source: KAS, Vital Statistics|
Population estimates in the table below may be unreliable since the 1990s. Besides, births and deaths exclude territories with a Serbian majority.
|Estimated population (x 1000)||Live births||Deaths||Natural change||Crude birth rate (per 1000)||Crude death rate (per 1000)||Natural change (per 1000)|
|1948||733||27 792||10 324||17 468||37.9||14.1||23.8|
|1949||751||31 643||12 937||18 706||42.1||17.2||24.9|
|1950||764||35 222||12 991||22 231||46.1||17.0||29.1|
|1951||780||29 299||14 833||14 466||37.6||19.0||18.5|
|1952||793||35 619||13 867||21 752||44.9||17.5||27.4|
|1953||813||34 595||16 726||17 869||42.6||20.6||22.0|
|1954||832||38 595||13 201||25 394||46.4||15.9||30.5|
|1955||842||36 736||15 292||21 444||43.6||18.2||25.5|
|1956||859||37 819||13 692||24 127||44.0||15.9||28.1|
|1957||873||34 159||15 300||18 859||39.1||17.5||21.6|
|1958||890||39 285||11 598||27 687||44.1||13.0||31.1|
|1959||921||37 364||12 878||24 486||40.6||14.0||26.6|
|1960||944||41 631||13 365||28 266||44.1||14.2||29.9|
|1961||972||40 561||11 759||28 802||41.7||12.1||29.6|
|1962||997||41 336||15 024||26 312||41.5||15.1||26.4|
|1963||1 021||41 525||12 423||29 102||40.7||12.2||28.5|
|1964||1 046||42 557||12 731||29 826||40.7||12.2||28.5|
|1965||1 075||43 569||11 767||31 802||40.5||10.9||29.6|
|1966||1 101||42 429||10 266||32 163||38.5||9.3||29.2|
|1967||1 131||44 001||11 308||32 693||38.9||10.0||28.9|
|1968||1 159||44 627||10 781||33 846||38.5||9.3||29.2|
|1969||1 189||46 480||10 892||35 588||39.1||9.2||29.9|
|1970||1 220||44 496||10 829||33 667||36.5||8.9||27.6|
|1971||1 254||47 060||10 312||36 748||37.5||8.2||29.3|
|1972||1 291||47 943||10 270||37 673||37.1||8.0||29.2|
|1973||1 329||47 714||10 358||37 356||35.9||7.8||28.1|
|1974||1 367||49 847||10 075||39 772||36.5||7.4||29.1|
|1975||1 406||49 310||10 018||39 292||35.1||7.1||27.9|
|1976||1 446||51 355||10 149||41 206||35.5||7.0||28.5|
|1977||1 487||49 849||9 811||40 038||33.5||6.6||26.9|
|1978||1 526||49 027||9 776||39 251||32.1||6.4||25.7|
|1979||1 566||48 125||9 575||38 550||30.7||6.1||24.6|
|1980||1 555||53 147||8 909||44 238||34.2||5.7||28.4|
|1981||1 595||48 111||9 677||38 434||30.2||6.1||24.1|
|1982||1 629||52 865||10 479||42 386||32.5||6.4||26.0|
|1983||1 664||49 645||11 040||38 605||29.8||6.6||23.2|
|1984||1 699||55 243||10 573||44 670||32.5||6.2||26.3|
|1985||1 735||53 925||11 826||42 099||31.1||6.8||24.3|
|1986||1 773||54 519||10 446||44 073||30.7||5.9||24.9|
|1987||1 811||56 221||10 307||45 914||31.0||5.7||25.4|
|1988||1 850||56 283||10 257||46 026||30.4||5.5||24.9|
|1989||1 889||53 656||10 181||43 475||28.4||5.4||23.0|
|1990||1 930||55 175||8 214||46 961||28.6||4.3||24.3|
|1991||1 967||52 263||8 526||43 737||26.6||4.3||22.2|
|1992||2 006||44 418||8 004||36 414||22.1||4.0||18.2|
|1993||2 043||44 132||7 804||36 328||21.6||3.8||17.8|
|1994||2 077||43 450||7 667||35 783||20.9||3.7||17.2|
|1995||2 113||44 776||8 671||36 105||21.2||4.1||17.1|
|1996||2 151||46 041||8 392||37 649||21.4||3.9||17.5|
|1997||2 186||42 920||8 624||34 296||19.6||3.9||15.7|
|1998||2 000||41 752||8 123||33 629||20.9||4.1||16.8|
|1999||2 000||40 020||7 569||32 451||20.0||3.8||16.2|
|2000||2 000||38 667||7 115||31 552||19.3||3.6||15.8|
|2001||2 000||37 412||6 672||30 740||18.7||3.3||15.4|
|2002||1 985||36 136||5 654||30 482||18.2||2.8||15.4|
|2003||2 016||31 994||6 417||25 577||15.9||3.2||12.7|
|2004||2 041||35 063||6 399||28 664||17.2||3.1||14.0|
|2005||2 070||37 218||7 207||30 011||18.0||3.5||14.5|
|2006||2 100||34 187||7 479||26 708||16.3||3.6||12.7|
|2007||2 126||33 112||6 681||26 431||15.6||3.1||12.4|
|2008||2 153||34 399||6 852||27 547||16.0||3.2||12.8|
|2009||2 175||34 240||7 030||27 210||15.7||3.2||12.5|
|2010||2 199||33 751||7 234||26 517||15.3|
|2011||1 739*||34 262*||7 556||26 706||19.7*|
- 2011 - census population
Wedlocks and divorces
In 2009, in Kosovo were registered 20209 marriages. The average age of couples was 29.5 years. The average age for male is 31 years old, while the average age for women was 28 years old. Municipality of Prizren takes first place in Kosovo with 1720 marriages or 8.5% then comes Pristina with 1643 or 8.1%, Podujeva with 1302 or 6.4%, etc. According to the education, to male dominates the secondary education by 75,3.4%, also to women, dominates the secondary education with 64.5%.
MARRIAGES ACCORDING TO YEARS AND OVERAGE AGES OF COUPLES 2002-2011
|Year||TOTAL||The average age women||The average age men||The average marriage age|
|2005||15, 732||27. 0||30.3||29. 0|
|2006||15, 825||27. 0||30.3||29. 0|
|2007||16, 824||27. 0||31.0||29. 0|
|2008||17, 950||28. 0||30.0||26. 0|
|2009||20, 209||28. 0||31.0||29.5|
|2010||18, 289||28. 0||30.0||28. 0|
|2011||17, 343||27.9||32.0||29. 0|
Source: KAS, Vital Statistics
DIVORCES ACCORDING YEARS AND DURATION OF MARRIAGES
|Year||Total||Less than a year||One year||Two years||Three years||Four years||5–9 years||10–14 years||15–19 years||20–24 years||25 and more||Unknown|
Source:KAS, Vital Statistics
Based on estimations by the Kosovo Agency of Statistics done in late 2011 and published in 2012, the total population of Kosovo is 1,794,303. With the current estimation on population, Kosovo ranks as the 150th largest country in the world based on how populous it is. Some of the largest municipalities by population in Kosovo are Pristina, Prizren, Ferizaj, Peć, Gjakova, Gnjilane and Kosovska Mitrovica. (ask (2011)).
Pristina being the capital city of Kosovo and in the mean time ranked as the largest one is also the city where the commuting phenomenon is present the most. Pristine had a 34% (about 56,000 commuter) increase in population when commuters were added. Pristina commuters come mainly from neighboring municipalities like Podujevo, Kosovo Polje and other municipalities which are further contribute with 30% on commuting. Reasons of these movements can be because of education purposes where about 1/3 of commuters make the youth at 16 – 22 years old and also for purposes of work.The highest number of commuters however is at age 19-20.
|Rank||Municipality in English||Name in Albanian
|Name in Serbian
|Population (2011)||Rank||Municipalities in English||Name in Albanian
|Name in Serbian
|3||Ferizaj||-||Uroševac, Урошевац||108,610||20||Kosovska Kamenica||Kamenica||Косовска Каменица||36,085|
|4||Peć||Peja||Пећ||96,450||21||Kosovo Polje||Fushë Kosova||Косово Поље||34,827|
|8||Kosovska Mitrovica||Mitrovica||Косовска Митровица||71,909||25||Obilić||Obiliq||Обилић||21,549|
|10||Suva Reka||Suhareka||Сува Река||59,722||27||Đeneral Janković||Hani i Elezit||Ђенерал Јанковић||9,403|
|12||Lipljan||Lipjan||Липљан||57,605||29||Novo Brdo||Novobërda||Ново Брдо||6,729|
The official results of the censuses in Kosovo after World War II are tabulated below. The proportion of Albanians was below 70% until 1961, but increased to 81.6% in 1991. The figures for Albanians in the 1991 census were estimates only, since that census was boycotted by most Albanians. Similarly, the figures for Serbs in the 2011 census omit those in North Kosovska Mitrovica, Leposavić, Zubin Potok, and Zvečan.
Population of Kosovo according to ethnic group 1948-2011
|census 1948||census 1953||census 1961||census 1971||census 1981||census 1991||census 2011|
|Others or unspecified||1,577||0.2||2,469||0.3||2,188||0.2||4,280||0.3||3,454||0.2||11,656||0.6||3,264||0.6|
- Breakdown of the municipalities based on ethnic groups
The results of the census 2011 of ethnic groups in municipalities are tabulated below.
|Municipality||Not in disposal||Albanians||Serbs||Turkish||Bosniak||Roma||Ashkali||Egyptian||Goran||Other||Prefer not to answer||Total|
The 2000 Living Standard Measurement Survey by Statistical Office of Kosovo found an ethnic composition of the population as follows:
- 92% Albanians
- 8% others
A most comprehensive (October 2002) estimate (for the 1.9 million inhabitants) for these years:
During the Kosovo War in 1999, over 700,000 ethnic Albanians, around 100,000 ethnic Serbs and more than 40,000 Bosniaks were forced out of Kosovo to neighbouring Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Serbia. After the United Nations took over administration of Kosovo following the war, the vast majority of the Albanian refugees returned. The largest diaspora communities of Kosovo Albanians are in Germany and Switzerland accounting for some 200,000 individuals each, or for 20% of the population resident in Kosovo.
Many non-Albanians - chiefly Serbs and Romani - fled or were expelled, mostly to the rest of Serbia at the end of the war, with further refugee outflows occurring as the result of sporadic ethnic violence. The number of registered refugees is around 250,000.[unreliable source?] The non-Albanian population in Kosovo is now about half of its pre-war total. The largest concentration of Serbs in the province is in the north, but many remain in Kosovo Serb enclaves surrounded by Albanian-populated areas.
The Third Demographic, Social and Reproductive Health Survey in Kosovo
- Demographic and Socioeconomic Findings
Nearly two-thirds (63.2%) live in rural areas. The overwhelming majority (94.7%) of respondents are of the Muslim religion, with Orthodox (3.9%) being the majority of the remainder  The vast majority (92.4%) of the surveyed population belongs to the Albanian ethnicity, 3.9% are Serbian, and 1.1% are Bosnian. The remaining 2.6% are distributed across other minorities. Ethnic distributions are virtually the same for females and males.
- Age, Sex, and Residency
Half of the total survey sample (50.1%) is male. Similar to the 2003 survey, distribution of population by sex is virtually the same in both urban and rural areas – 50.1% male and 49.9% female in urban areas and 50.2% male and 49.8% female in rural areas.
- School Attendance
As Table 2.6 displays, school participation rates are high, especially at ages 10–14, where they reach 98 percent of the people of these ages. The lower rate (80%) at ages 5–9 can be explained by the late starting age for some pupils, though it is noticeably higher than the 66 percent in the 2003 survey (see Figure 2.8). The school attendance rate for people aged 15–19 also increased between 2003 and 2009, from 63 percent to 77 percent. School attendance rates have also increased for other age groups.
There are differences in the attendance rates between rural and urban residents as well as between males and females. Males and females in rural areas who are age 15 or older attend school at a lower rate than their urban counterparts. The school attendance gap between rural and urban residents progressively widens in relative amounts as age increases. The urban-rural gap at older ages probably reflects the scarcity of higher educational opportunities in rural areas. In both urban and rural areas, among those aged 5–14, females are slightly more likely to be enrolled in school than males, but at older age groups males are more likely to be in school than females.
Seven percent of people aged 15 years and above are unable to read and write in any language. Figure 2.10 shows clear differences between the sexes for all age groups, especially older ones, in both urban and rural areas, with females overall being more than two times as likely to be illiterate as males (7.5% versus 3.3% in urban areas, and 11.3% versus 5.5% in rural areas). Furthermore, illiteracy is highly correlated with age. The level of illiteracy is very low at ages between 15 and 34—less than 2 percent—and is particularly low (0.4%) among males of this age group. However, at older ages, the illiteracy rate increases considerably, with 22 percent of females and 9 percent of males aged 55–64 being illiterate, and 56 percent of females and 25 percent of males aged 65 and older not being able to read and write in any language.
The total of all sources of household income; answers were recorded in the categories seen in Table 2.13. Table 2.13 shows the distribution of households across these income categories, for the total sample and separately for urban and rural areas. Figure 2.16 shows the urban and rural data graphically.
63% of all households in the 2009 reported that they earned 300 Euros or less monthly, 17.5 percent earned 301 to 400, 14.0 percent earned 401 to 800, and 4.7% earned more than that. People in rural areas were more likely to have monthly incomes of 300 Euros or less (66.0%) than those urban areas (58.5%), while the proportion of households earning 400 Euros or more monthly is higher in urban areas (22.3% versus 16.0%)
- Crude Birth Rate
In 2009 there were a total of 9,896 births to female respondents age 15-49 at the time of the survey, of which 370 occurred in the 12 months before the survey. From this we can calculate the crude birth rate (CBR) for the 12 months before the survey.
- Group of diseases
The data in the table below are from the Kosovo Agency of Statistics.
|Structure of group of diseases according to ICD-10 recorded in PHC in 2010||'||'|
|Group of diseases||No||Percentage|
|Blood and homopotetic organ disease and immunity disorders||5091||2.6|
|Endocrinic disorder of feeding and metabolism||25212||13.1|
|Psychic and personality disorder||13488||7|
|Ear and mastoid process diseases||18989||9.9|
|Diseases of blood circulation system||5139||2.7|
|Diseases of respiratory system||6962||3.6|
|Diseases of digestive system||3192||1.7|
|Dermic and hypodermic tissue diseases||1453||0.8|
|Diseases of locomotor system and connective tissue||1775||0.9|
|Disease of urogenital system||2198||1.1|
|Pregnancy, delivery and maternity||5737||3|
|Certain states resulting from perinatal periods||200||0.1|
|Inborn deformity, chromosomal deformities and anomalies||248||0.1|
|Symptoms, indications, analyses and clinical abnormal ascertainments||1556||0.8|
|Injuries, poisoning, and other consequences caused by external factors||2871||1.5|
|External factors of morbidity and mortality 579 0.3||579||0.3|
|Factors influencing on health conditions and contact with health services||3948||2.1|
- Lifetime Internal Migration
Table 7.1 shows the percentages of persons who moved into or out of each of the seven regions of Kosovo during their lifetimes; for each percentage for each region, the denominator is the number of people in the survey sample who were born in the region (including those no longer living in it but living elsewhere in Kosovo). The final column of the table shows net migration (in-migration less out-migration), making it possible to see which regions have gained or lost population from the process of lifetime internal migration. The table also shows the percentage of all respondents to the 2009 KDHS who were born abroad – 1.7 percent. Altogether, 6.4 percent of 2009 KDHS survey respondents are lifetime migrants (i.e., lived in a different region [or country] at the time of the 2009 KDHS from where they were born).
Pristina is the region with the highest in-migration. Nearly 11 percent of respondents now living in Pristina region stated that they were born in other regions of Kosovo (or abroad). However, around 3 percent of respondents born in Pristina region now live in a different region of Kosovo. On net, the population of Pristina region is 7.7 percent larger because of net internal lifetime migration. Peja region has the next highest rates of migration, with lifetime net immigration of 6.7 percent. The regions of Gjakova and Mitrovica have suffered relatively large losses of lifetime migrants over the years, on net losing 6.4 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively, of the people born there (who are still alive and still in Kosovo) to net out-migration to other regions of Kosovo. This is not surprising given the very poor economic prospects in these two regions, as well as the political and security issues in Mitrovica.
The results of the 2011 census gave the following religious affiliations for the population included in the census:
These figures will underestimate the Orthodox percentage of the population because the areas not covered by the census have an overwhelming Serb majority.
Kosovo's constitutional status as a secular state has no significant opposition, and urban areas feel predominantly secular. The Protestant community in Kosovo was established in the 1870s, and today the country has more than 28 Protestant Evangelical churches. Albanian Christians are much less common in Kosovo than in Albania. Very few Albanians in Kosovo are Albanian Orthodox.
The Serb population, estimated before the 2011 census at 100,000 to 150,000 persons, is largely Serbian Orthodox. The Catholic Albanian communities are mostly concentrated in Gjakova, Prizren, Klina and a few villages near Peć and Vitina.There is a revival of Christianity (especially Catholicism) among Kosovo's Albanians recently.
The final results of the 2011 census recorded Kosovo excluding North Kosovo as having 1,739,825 inhabitants. This was below most previous estimates. The census enjoyed considerable technical assistance from international agencies and appears to have been endorsed by Eurostat; it was, however, the first full census since 1981, and not one of an uninterrupted series. The results show that there were no people temporarily resident in hotels or refugee camps at the time of the census; that out of 312,711 conventional dwellings, 99,808 (over 30%) were unoccupied; and that three municipalities designed under the Ahtisaari Plan - Klokot, Novo Brdo, and Štrpce to have Serb majorities in fact had ethnic Albanian majorities (although their municipal assemblies have Serb majorities).
Slavs are mentioned in the area since the 520s AD, with the Slav tribe of Sklavenoi settling the Praetorian prefecture of Illyricum, the mythological founders of the Serbs were the White Serbs; "who settled in the Balkans during the rule of Emperor Heraclius" (610-641). In the 12th century, according to Anna Komnena, the Serbs were the main inhabitants of Kosovo (Eastern Dalmatia and former Moesia Superior). Archeological findings from the 7th century onwards show a Serb (Slavic) cultural domination in case of glagolithic letters, pottery, cemeteries, churches and monasteries.[verification needed]
In 1054 the Great Schism occurred in the realm, the Byzantine Empire (Roman) was divided on religious basis and Kosovo & Metohija was part of the Orthodox world (Subsequently the base of the Serbian Orthodox Church).
The Deçan charters (Serbian: Дечанске хрисовуље) from 1321-1331 by Stephen Uroš III Dečanski of Serbia contains a detailed list of households and villages in Metohija and northwestern Albania. The first charter concludes that this region was ethnically Serb.
89 settlements with 2,666 households were recorded of which:
- 3 Albanian settlements (3,3%)
- 86 Serbian settlements (96,6%)
2,166 livestock households of 2,666 agricultural households:
- 44 Albanian households (2%)
- 2,122 Serbian households (98%)
The ethnic composition of Kosovo's population during this period included Serbs, Albanians, and Vlachs along with a token number of Greeks, Armenians, Saxons, and Bulgarians, according to Serbian monastic charters or chrysobulls (Hrisovulja). A majority of the given names in the charters are overwhelmingly Serbian (Of 24,795 names, 23,774 were ethnic Serb names, 470 of Roman origin, 65 of Albanian origin and 61 of Greek origin).
The essentially Serbian composition of medieval Kosovo's population is corroborated by Ottoman defters, showing that Serbs were majority until the 17th century.
- 480 villages,
- 13,693 adult males,
- 12,985 dwellings,
- 14,087 household heads (480 widows and 13,607 adult males).
Totally there were around 75,000 inhabitants in 590 villages comprising modern-day Kosovo.
1487 defter recorded:
- Vučitrn district:
- Ipek (Peć) district:
- City of Ipek
- 121 Christian households
- 33 Muslim households
- Suho Grlo and Metohija:
- 131 Christian households of which 52% in Suho Grlo were Serbs
- Donja Klina - 50% Serbs
- Deçan - 64% Serbs
- Rural areas:
- 6,124 Christian households (99%)
- 55 Muslim households (1%)
- Vučitrn: 19,614 households
- 700 Muslim households (3,5%)
- 359 Muslim households (2%)
- Peć nahiya:
- 235 villages of which some 30 have Albanian families besides the majorital Orthodox Serbs.
- City of Peć - 18 mahalas; 3 free, 13 Muslim (newly Islamicised), 5 Serbian (2 houses were Albanian)
- Village Osek - Muslim (Islamicised) majority, with some settled Christian Albanians
- Village Selojani - Muslim majority, small Christian Albanian and Serb population
- Village Mramor - 22 houses. Albanian majority
- Village Belovci - 50 Serbian houses.
- Village Granica - 65 Serbian houses.
- Village Belo Polje - 2 Serbian mahalas. 3 priests.
- Village Bukovica - Serbian. 2 converts to Islam.
- Village Lipovac - Islamicised Albanian.
- Village Trakakin - Albanian. Islamicised majority.
- Village Baba - Serbian. 1 convert to Islam.
- Village Videš - Serbian.
- Village Veliki Đurđevik - 64 Serbian houses. 2 families from Prizren and Vučitrn.
- 17 Serb villages: 1 Albanian house.
- Village Suho Grlo - 3 Serbian mahalas. 1 Islamicised Serb.
- 3 Serb villages
- 17 Serb villages: 3 Muslim houses. 8 priests.
- Village Zlokućani - Serbian. 5 Muslim houses.
- Village Kavlica - Serbian. 8 Muslim houses.
- Village Strelice - 70 Serbian houses. few Islamicised.
- 8 Serb villages
- Village Rusance - Albanian majority. 3 Muslims.
- Village Muževine - Serbian. 1 priest.
- Village Srednja Crnja - 8 Albanian Muslim houses.
- 34 Serb villages: total 2 Albanian houses in 2 villages.
- Village Njivokos - Serbian majority. Notable Islamicisation.
- Village Vrela Manastir - Serbian.
- 13 Serb villages: 1 Islamicised house.
- Village Gusnica - 20 Albanian Islamicised houses.
- 15 Serb villages: Islamicisation occurred in 3 villages.
- Village Vinodol - Serbian. 8 soldier houses from Bosnian Sandzak.
- Village (?) - Serbs, Albanians and Muslims.
- 20 Serb villages: occurrence of Islamicisation.
- 2 Albanian villages: Islamicised.
- 39 Serb villages: 9 monasteries (one is Deçan). 1 Albanian male.
- Village Brestovac - 10 Albanian houses.
- Village Belica - 35 Muslim houses.
- 56 villages: 42 Serb villages of which 14 with a Muslim minority.
- Village Novosel - Muslim and Albanian.
- Village Labranima - Serbian majority. 2 Muslim houses.
- Village Dubak - 10 Albanian houses and 9 Muslim houses.
- Village Dobroševo - 28 houses. Albanian majority. 3 Muslim houses.
- Village Šankovac - Serbian majority. 3 Muslim houses.
- Village Dobrič-Dol - Muslim.
- Village Gornji Petrič - Serbian majority. ~50 Serbian houses, 3 Muslim houses.
- Village Vranić - Muslim and Albanian.
- Village Crni Potok - 25 Muslim houses.
- Village Arženik - Serbian. Few Muslim houses.
- Village Prelopci - Serbs, Albanians and Muslims.
- Village Rugovo - 86 Serbian houses.
- Altun-li nahiya:
- 41 villages - Serb majority, Albanian minority.
Ottoman defter from 1591:
17th - 18th centuries
The Great Turkish War of 1683–1699 between the Ottomans and the Habsburgs led to the flight of a substantial numbers of Serbs and Albanians who had sided with the Austrians, from within and outside Kosovo, to Austrian held Vojvodina and the Military Frontier - Patriarch Arsenije III, one of the refugees, referred to 30,000 or 40,000 souls, but a much later monastic source referred to 37,000 families. Serbian historians have used this second source to talk of a Great Migration of Serbs. Wars in 1717-1738 led to a second exodus of refugees (both Serbian and Albanian) from inside and outside Kosovo, together with reprisals and the enslavement and deportation of a number of Serbs and Albanians by the victorious Ottomans.
19th century data about the population of Kosovo tend to be rather conflicting, giving sometimes numerical superiority to the Serbs and sometimes to the Albanians. The Ottoman statistics are regarded as unreliable, as the empire counted its citizens by religion rather than nationality, using birth records rather than surveys of individuals.
A study in 1838 by an Austrian physician, dr. Joseph Müller found Metohija to be mostly "Slavic" in character. Müller gives data for the three counties (Bezirke) of Prizren, Peć and Gjakova which roughly covered Metohija, the portion adjacent to Albania and most affected by Albanian settlers. Out of 195,000 inhabitants in this region, Müller found:
- 114,000 Muslims (58%):
- 2,308 other non-Muslims (Janjevci etc.)
Müller's observations on towns:
- Peć: 11,050 Serbs, 500 Albanians
- Prizren: 16,800 Serbs, 6150 Albanians
- Gjakova: majority of Albanians, surrounding villages Serbian
Map published by French ethnographer G. Lejean in 1861 shows that Albanians lived on around 57% Kosovo while a similar map, published by British travellers G. M. Mackenzie and A. P. Irby in 1867 shows slightly less; these maps don't show which population was larger overall. Nevethless, maps cannot be used to measure population as they leave out density.
A study done in 1871 by Austrian colonel Peter Kukulj for the internal use of the Austro-Hungarian army showed that the mutesarifluk of Prizren (corresponding largely to present-day Kosovo) had some 500,000 inhabitants, of which:
Maps published by German historian Kiepert in 1876, J. Hahn and Austrian consul K. Sax, show that Albanians live on most of the territory of what is now Kosovo, however they don't show which population is larger. According to these, the regions of Kosovska Mitrovica and Kosovo Polje were settled mostly by Serbs, whereas most of the territory of western and eastern parts of today's province was settled by Muslim Albanians.
An Austrian statistics published in 1899 estimated:
At the end of the 19th century, Spiridon Gopchevich, an Austrian traveller - comprised a statistics and published them in Vienna. They established that Prizren had 60,000 citizens of whom 11,000 were Christian Serbs and 36,000 Muslem Serbs. The remaining population were Turks, Albanians, Tzintzars and Roma. For Peć he said that it had 2,530 households of which 1,600 were Mohammedan, 700 Christian Serb, 200 Catholic Albanian and 10 Turkish.
British journalist H. Brailsford estimated in 1906 that two-thirds of the population of Kosovo was Albanian and one-third Serbian. The most populous western districts of Gjakova and Peć were said to have between 20,000 and 25,000 Albanian households, as against some 5,000 Serbian ones. A map of Alfred Stead, published in 1909, shows that similar numbers of Serbs and Albanians were living in the territory.
- Pristina District: 67% Albanians, 30% Serbs
- Prizren District: 63% Albanians, 36% Serbs
- Vučitrn District: 90% Albanians, 10% Serbs
- Ferizaj District: 70% Albanians, 30% Serbs
- Gnjilane District: 75% Albanians, 23% Serbs
- Mitrovica District: 60% Serbs, 40% Albanians
Balkan Wars and World War I-World War II
- The 1921 Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes population census for the territories comprising modern day Kosovo listed 439,010 inhabitants:
- By religion:
- By native language:
- According to the 1931 Kingdom of Yugoslavia population census, there were 552,064 inhabitants in today's Kosovo.
- By religion:
- By native language:
World War II
Most of the territory of today's province was occupied by Italian-controlled Greater Albania, massacres of some 10,000 Serbs, ethnic cleansing of about 100 to 250,000 or more[unreliable source?] occurred.
Nazi Germany estimated that from November 1943 to February 1944, 40 000 Serbs fled Italian-occupied Kosovo for Montenegro and Serbia.
727,820 total inhabitants:
- 498,242 Albanians (68.46%)
- 171,911 Serbs (23.62%)
- 28,050 Montenegrins (3.86%)
- 11,230 Roma (1.54%)
- 5,290 Croats (0.73%)
- 1,315 Turks (0.18%)
- 526 Macedonians (0.07%)
- 362 Russians (0.05%)
- 283 Slovenes (0.04%)
- 197 Germans (0.03%)
- 83 Hungarians (0.01%)
- 77 Bulgarians (0.01%)
- 39 Italians
- 31 Rusyns
- 29 Czechs
- 18 Romanians
- 2 Slovaks
- 9,679 undecided Muslims (1.33%)
- 456 other and unknown (0.06%)
808,141 total inhabitants
- 524,559 Albanians (64.91%)
- 189,969 Serbs (23.51%)
- 34,583 Turks (4.28%)
- 31,343 Montenegrins (3.88%)
- 6,201 Croat (0.77%)
- 972 Macedonians (0.12%)
- 411 Slovenes (0.05%)
- 6,241 undecided Yugoslav (0.77%)
- 401 other Slav (0.05%)
- 13,561 others (1.68%)
963,959 total inhabitants
- 646,604 Albanians (67.08%)
- 227,016 Serbs (23.55%)
- 37,588 Montenegrins (3.9%)
- 8,026 Ethnic Muslims (0.83%)
- 7,251 Croat (0.75%)
- 5,203 Yugoslavs (0.54%)
- 3,202 Romani (0.33%)
- 1,142 Macedonians (0.12%)
- 510 Slovenes (0.05%)
- 210 Hungarians (0.02%)
After the province gained autonomy, the local provincial Statistical office given authority over the Census, whereas the rest of the country's Census was under the leadership of the Federal Statistical Commission. There were allegations of 'Census rigging' (for the 1971 and 1981 censuses) by Turkish, Muslim and Romani minorities who claim forceful Albanization. The Serbians claimed that the Albanians had drastically overinflated their prevalence within Kosovo. It was felt that this could not be substantiated though because the Kosovo Statistical offices were under the control of the majority Albanian population - this was against the national norm at the time, which dictated that census takers had to be of different nationalities
1,243,693 total inhabitants
- 916,168 Albanians or 73.7%
- 228,264 Serbs (18.4%)
- 31,555 Montenegrins (2.5%)
- 26,000 Slavic Muslims (2.1%)
- 14,593 Romani (1.2%)
- 12,244 Turks (1.0%)
- 8,000 Croats (0.7%)
- 920 Yugoslavs (0.1%)
1,584,558 total inhabitants
- 1,226,736 Albanians (77.42%)
- 209,498 Serbs (13.2%)
- 27,028 Montenegrins (1.7%)
- 2,676 Yugoslavs (0.2%)
359,346 total population
- 194,190 Serbs (10%)
- 20,356 Montenegrins (1%)
- 9,091 Albanians (most boycotted)
- 66,189 Muslims
- 45,75 Romas
- 10,446 Turks
- 8,062 Croats (Janjevci, Letnicani)
- 3,457 Yugoslavs
Official Yugoslav statistical corrections and projections, with the help of previous census results (1948–1981):
1,956,196 Total population
- 1,596,072 Albanians (81.6%)
- 194,190 Serbs (9.9%)
- 66,189 Muslims (3.4%)
- 45,760 Romas (2.34%)
- 20,365 Montenegrins (1.04%)
- 10,445 Turks (0.53%)
- 8,062 Croats (Janjevci) (0.41)
- 3,457 Yugoslavs (0.18%)
- 11,656 others (0.6%)
The corrections should not taken to be fully accurate. The number of Albanians is sometimes regarded as being an underestimate. On the other hand, it is sometimes regarded as an overestimate, being derived from earlier censa which are believed to be overestimates. The Statistical Office of Kosovo states that the quality of the 1991 census is "questionable." .
In September 1993, the Bosniak parliament returned their historical name Bosniaks. Some Kosovar Muslims have started using this term to refer to themselves since.
In the year of 1995, Official Yugoslav statistical results,. There was a total of around 1,600,000 inhabitants in Kosovo (and a further 600,000 living abroad):
In the 2011 census there are 1,739,825 inhabitants, excluding the three Serb-majority municipalities in north Kosovo, this is the ethnic composition of Kosovo:
- Albanians: 1,616,869 (92.9%)
- Serbs*: 25,532 (1.5%)
- Bosniaks: 27,553 (1.6%)
- Turks: 18,738 (1.1%)
- Ashkali: 15,436 (0.9%)
- Egyptians: 11,524 (0.6%)
- Gorani: 10,265 (0.6)
- Romani: 8,824 (0.5%)
- Other: 2352 (0.1%)
- Unspecified: 2752 (0.1%)
The Ashkali and Balkan Egyptians,are in fact Roma, but who self identify in such terms to distinguish itself from the Romani people.
Kosovo War refugees
The total list of countries in which the refugees took refuge and in what numbers:
- Montenegro - 61,900
- Serbia - 180,000
- Albania - 405,000
- Republic of Macedonia - 197,000
- Bosnia and Herzegovina - 17,000
other countries in which Kosovars took refuge:
- Germany - 9,974
- Turkey - 6,259
- Norway - 2,476
- France - 2,354
- Austria - 1,455
- Belgium - 1,205
- United Kingdom - 330
CIA World Factbook demographic statistics
- 0–14 years: 27.7% (male 260,678/female 239,779)
- 15–64 years: 65.7% (male 617,890/female 567,939)
- 65 years and over: 6.6% (male 50,463/female 68,089) (2010 est.)
- at birth: 1.086 male(s)/female
- under 15 years: 1.09 male(s)/female
- 15–64 years: 1.09 male(s)/female
- 65 years and over: 0.74 male(s)/female
- total population: 1.06 male(s)/female (2010 est.)
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- Montenegrins of Kosovo
- Serbs in Kosovo
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- Roma in Kosovo
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