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Junik / Juniku
|District||District of Gjakova|
|• Mayor||Agron Kuqi (AAK)|
|• Total||86.2 km2 (33.3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||517 m (1,696 ft)|
|• Density||73/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|Area code(s)||+381 390|
|Website||Municipality of Junik|
Junik (Albanian: Junik, Juniku; Serbian: Јуник, Junik) is a municipality in the District of Gjakova district of western Kosovo.[a] It is located between Deçan and Gjakova along Kosovo's mountainous border with Albania. It is populated with ethnic Albanians. Junik is the hometown of several prominent people including former heavyweight European boxing champion Luan Krasniqi and poet Din Mehmeti.
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 based on agriculture. Almost all inhabitants are 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 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 its natural beauty as the main asset of the municipality and the administration is seeking possibilities in the development of tourism.
- 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 received recognition as an independent state from 110 out of 193 United Nations member states.
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