As expected, the former Serbian province of Kosovo
unilaterally declared independence on Sunday (February 17) and should shortly become the world's 195th country
. The New York Times
is reporting that major world powers such as the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany are likely to recognize Kosovo as an independent nation state within days. With international recognition, Kosovo will meet the criteria
for independent country status. Nonetheless, Serbia is likely to continue to claim that Kosovo remains a Serbian province.
Over the next few days we should hear much more about the newly independent country of Kosovo. News reports indicate that the new flag is likely to be blue with with a map of Kosovo along with yellow stars that symbolize the Kosovo's desire to become part of the European Union. Kosovo is home to about 2.2 million people, 95% of whom are ethnic Albanians. The largest city and capital are Pristina. Kosovo borders Kosovo borders Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia.
Wikipedia provides an ever-changing page on the world's newest country of Kosovo. The New York Times has more.