Geographic position is one of the key elements that gives countries power, and Kosovo is no exception to the rule. Geographically positioned in South East Europe, and located at the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, the strategic importance of Kosovo's position was recognized throughout history, and recently its importance has increased.
The functionalization of the new modern highway that runs through Kosovo, providing an easy and quick access to the Adriatic Sea, and its new connections to neighbouring countries, namely Route 10 and 8, are the best evidence for, and show the value of, Kosovo's strategic position and the new opportunities created within the country.
Although relatively small in territory, namely with 10,887 Km2, its abundantly rich history, culture and tradition, modern infrastructure, numerous tourist attractions throughout the seasons, with over 250 sunny days per year, and with the youngest population in Europe, and an open, pro-Western orientated society, a special cuisine, the lowest living cost in Europe and the Balkans, good access and connection to other neighbouring countries, Kosovo remains an ideal place to visit. Another geographic feature that distinguishes Kosovo from many other countries is its high mountains that separate its borders.
In an article published in June 2016, the National Geographic Magazine, "National Geographic", included Kosovo among ten places that deserve more travellers from around the world. “….Independent Kosovo is one of Europe's most exciting adventure travel destinations…", National Geographic recommended. “... picturesque towns and sublime monasteries" stated the world's largest travel guide of tourism publications Lonely Planet.