Kosovo religion

The Republic of Kosovo is a secular state. The majority of the inhabitants are of a Muslim heritage and practice a very mild form of Islam.

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City of Gjakova, Kosovo (Picture © Shkëlzen Rexha)

Everywhere throughout the country you will find mosques, and the big feasts of Islam being celebrated yearly. In most of the cities in Kosovo you hardly see women with head scarves. Most of the Kosovars consider their Albanian ethnicity to be of higher importance than their religious identity.

Catholicism
Kosovo religion fact: Around 60,000 Kosovars (4% of total population) consider themselves Catholic. In general there are no serious rivalries between Catholics and Muslims. One of the most famous international public figures in the Albanian history is the Catholic nun Mother Teresa. Many believe that her parents were both from Kosovo.

The Holy See (the Vatican) does not recognize the Republic of Kosovo as an independent state yet.

Kosovo religion: five protected faiths

The Serbian ethnic minority in Kosovo is Serbian Orthodox. You will find a number of beautiful Serbian churches and monasteries in the country. Police or NATO-soldiers guard some of these.

The old town of Prizren has one center street with both a kosovo-religion-mosquelarge mosque, a large Serbian Orthodox church and a Catholic Church.

Protestantism and Judaism

There are around 45 (evangelical) Protestant churches across Kosovo and a very small Jewish community. The law on freedom of religion names five religions, which all are above mentioned. They ‘shall be offered any kind of protection and opportunity in order to have rights and freedom foreseen by the law’, says the law of the small Balkan country.

Kosovo is proud of their multi-religious character. The annual Interfaith conference brings leaders of all the religions together. “Continued respect and understanding between communities is a priority for Kosovo, drawing on the country’s long history of religious diversity”, says the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A documentary out of 2012 shows how (Muslim) Albanians saved Jews during World War II:

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9 thoughts on “Kosovo religion

  1. Faton

    WHERE IS the 95% of MUSLIM ??????? WTF are doing ? ,,, THIS IS KOSOVO INFO that means free tolerance for all religions not just for cristian !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! racism everywhere maeeeenen B|\\\

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    1. Kosovo Info Post author

      Dear Faton. Next time when you want to shout in this way. Read the text again and you will read your answer in the second line.

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  2. irfan

    Kosovo has 6 traditional religious communities, 200.000 people are cultivating sufi interpretation of islam. Why forgetting Union of Kosovo Tarikats, dervishs union, which representing in the front of authorities for last 40 years dervishes and their society?
    It is easy to remember 6 stars on Kosovo flag – 6 traditional religious communities in Kosovo.
    Dervish orders – Tarikats are present in Kosovo for more then half milenium. Elementary knowledge of Kosovo religious mileu is missing on your tweet.
    One sad story more from the “source” pretending to give “info”. God is blessing people to move from darkness to light and I wish you more light on your tweets.

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  3. Sylejman Beqa

    Kosovo hat 6 religiöse Gemeinschaften . Die sechste ist Union of Tarikats Kosovo.

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  4. Bogomil

    Wow, that’s not true. Many serbian christians left Kosovo because albanian islamic terrorists from UCK/KLA attack them and burn their churches. Just anywhere in Kosovo muslims hate christians too.

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    1. Kosova

      U kosovo ni jedna seb sta je zivi prije u kosovo niko ne moze da kaze da smo terat od kosovo ani sam je aomagni . A ste pita sebi neki put zasto je otiso u serbi serbi ,a oces da ti pokazem , za to da sfaki serb je bio u vojsko sfaki je ubija albanci ,vi serbi ste pravi genocit proti albanci zato ste pobegni sami vi serbi ste krminelci vi samo ste pobegni od kosovo tako i je treba da bi omagni nije kosovo vasa
      KOSOVO REPUBLIC UCK – FSK

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  5. tesfaye hailu

    i want going to kosovo please can uou help me the numbers 0913859992 face book acount is lewi girum agengaw

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  6. Kosovo Info

    Dear Lewi, thanks for your message. For what do you need help?

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