16 August, 2013

Map: Kosovo Recognized by 4 More Countries (101/193)

Map of countries that recognize the Republic of Kosovo as an independent state, updated for August 2013 with most recent additions and disputed recognitions highlighted
Countries recognizing the Republic of Kosovo in green, with the four most recent additions highlighted. Disputed recognitions in yellow. Kosovo in magenta. Map by Evan Centanni, modified from public domain graphic (source).
Flag of the Republic of Kosovo Country Name:  
• Kosovo (English, Serbian)
• Kosova (Albanian)
Official Name:  
Republic of Kosovo (English)
Republika e Kosovës (Albanian)
Republika Kosovo (Serbian)
Capital: Pristina/Prishtina
By Evan Centanni

New Kosovo Recognitions
Over the past four months, the breakaway Republic of Kosovo has received diplomatic recognition from two more U.N. member countries. The self-proclaimed southeastern European country now claims recognition from 101 U.N. member countries (52%), up from 99 in our previous Kosovo recognition update (see "Disputed Recognitions" below for details on why the total has only been incremented by two).

Tanzania, a republic in East Africa, recognized Kosovo at the end of May, and nearby Egypt extended its recognition a month later (just days before the breakout of its current constitutional crisis). Yemen had already endorsed Kosovo's independence earlier in June, and the small Central American country of El Salvador apparently followed suit by the end of the month.

The Republic of Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but has been blocked from U.N. membership by objections from Serbia, Russia, and other countries who see its secession as invalid. In addition to the 101 U.N. members from whom Kosovo claims recognition, its independence is also acknowledged by non-U.N. member Taiwan. For more on Kosovo's special situation, see our first Kosovo recognition report, which also includes a map of Kosovo's location relative to Serbia.

Disputed Recognitions
As explained in our previous Kosovo recognition report, there has been doubt cast on some of Kosovo's claimed recognitions. In fact, if the Kosovan government's past disputed claims of recognition are included, the total number of U.N. member countries recognizing the breakaway state is now 103. However, a recent report from Kosovo's foreign ministry only claims 101 U.N. member recognitions, even while acknowledging the four most recent additions. This suggests they may finally have given up on the questionable claims of recognition from  Nigeria and Uganda (the third disputed recognition, from São Tomé and Príncipe, is better documented). In any case, the total number of countries recognizing Kosovo now forms over half of the U.N. membership even without counting disputed recognitions.

Stay Up to Date: Check for further updates to this story by viewing all Kosovo articles on Political Geography Now.

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Flag graphic by Cradel (source). License: CC BY-SA


  1. It looks more and more like there's a division between the countries friendly to the US and countries friendly to Russia on this recognition subject.

    What if we made a map like this one for countries that recognize Abkhazia? I bet it would look like this map in reverse.

    1. That's a good observation about U.S and Russian allies. As it happens, we do have a map of countries recognizing Abzhazia. It's only missing Tuvalu, which recognized after we made the map.

    2. that's such good idea

    3. there is at least one us ally missing. spain does not recognize it either, and it probably never will. turkey would probably recognize it even if usa never existed.

  2. I bet half of the green colored countries don't even know where that place is, nor they care about it. They are just kissing USA *beep* or were promised something or yet again think the USA will hold them in their good graces if they do as they are asked, but they won't. And the saddest part for the separators and Serbia is that the province even isn't independent. It's practically US controlled, they have little Guantanamo over there and their temporary government isn't allowed to fart without consulting the US first.

    And here we are painting some map of recognition, damn just by looking at the map can make a person giggle. Looks like a Cold War map to me, not in detail, but still... Just that this time the west pushed more into the east (I mean Europe part of the map). It is just sad how superpowers exercise their might on theaters like these little defenseless countries. Cos at the end of the day it's just Russia and USA arm wrestling. Soon to be joined by the Red Giant. Where is this world going to...

  3. name of that territory in serbian is kosovo i metohija, kosovo is name for northern valley and metohija for southern. region was always known as kosovo i metohija (kosovo and metohija) but that last part bothers albanians so they dropped it out...

    1. Kosovo i Metohija is the name of the territory according to the government of Serbia, but the infobox in the article is giving the name according to the claimed Republic of Kosovo, one of whose official languages is Serbian.

    2. Metohija is church ground of orthodox church an it was there long time before Turkish invasion to Europe.

  4. i think all of you do not know the geography very well you must read more about KOSOVA

  5. kosovo dosent deserve independance