Culture of Kosovo
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The Culture of Kosovo refers to the culture of Kosovo[a] and mostly of the Albanians and Serbs. It encompasses the ancient heritage, architecture, literature, visual arts, music, cinema, sports and cuisine of Kosovo. Because of its history and geography, it represents a blend of different cultural spheres especially of the western and eastern culture.
The society of Kosovo has undergone considerable changes over the last centuries, one of the most notable being the increasing level of secularity. The national identity revolves more around the language and culture, than the religion.
The country also possess one of the most diverse cultural treasures in its region.
Some 571 recorded artefacts were taken in by Serbia in 1998, and another 677 archeological artefacts in 1999. The artifacts were never returned following the 2008 self-delcared independence of Kosovo.
- Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 113 out of 193 United Nations member states, 10 of which have subsequently withdrawn recognition.
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