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|District||District of Gjakova|
|• Total||86.2 km2 (33.3 sq mi)|
|• Density||78.2/km2 (203/sq mi)|
|Area code(s)||+381 390|
|Website||Municipality of Junik|
Junik (Albanian: Junik; Serbian: Јуник, Junik) is a municipality and small town in the District of Gjakova district of western Kosovo.[a] It is located in the west of Kosovo between Deçan and Gjakova along Kosovo's mountainous border with Albania. It is populated with ethnic Albanians. Junik is hometown to many widely known people including former heavyweight European boxing champion Luan Krasniqi, artist and writer Rexhep Goci, politician and writer Haxhi Kraki and poet Din Mehmeti to name a few. This is set to be one of the new municipalities of Kosovo.
Settlements in the municipality
Junik is composed of the following settlements, which give a combined total of 86.2 km2 (33.3 sq mi).
Pursuant to the statistical data from the year 1981 and some estimations by the municipality and local registrations that followed the 1999 conflict, it is assumed that the municipality has approximately 12,500 inhabitants. Apart from one Bosniak family, the municipality is mono ethnic Kosovo Albanian.
The economy of Junik is mainly based on extensive agriculture. The vast majority of inhabitants are in some way involved in agricultural activities. As in the rest of Kosovo, unemployment is a problem. However, after the 1999 conflict, there was an increase in registrations of private businesses in the territory of the municipality and currently more than 50 businesses are registered. Most of the enterprises are family run, especially trade enterprises. The municipal administration is currently the largest employer. The inhabitants see the vast forests around Junik and the natural beauty as the main asset of the municipality and the administration seeks possibilities for investing in the development of tourism.
- Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 107 out of 193 United Nations member states.
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