Investing in Kosovo
19Quality of life

Kosovo has plenty of hotels spread throughout its territory. The hotels are usually two to four-star rated and the prices range from between 20 and 100 Euro per night. The most known hotels of the capital Prishtina are Hotel Baci, Hotel Pejton, Hotel Prishtina, Hotel Afa, Hotel Royal, Hotel Ambasador and Hotel Gorenje. The newer and more modern hotels usually operate at full capacity. Booking prior to travel is therefore advisable.

The Euro is the official currency in Kosovo and the majority of payments are usually made in cash. However, all major shops, restaurants and hotels are equipped with electronic payment devices, thus enabling payments to be made with credit cards and other means of electronic payment.

There is no restriction on the amount of cash that may be imported into Kosovo. However, amounts greater than 10,000 Euro must be declared at the border.

Kosovo has a developed telecommunication system. There are 600 pay phones located in the public areas as well 470 in the post offices. GSM providers are Vala and IPKO and roaming is offered for the majority of international telephone service providers. For longer stays in Kosovo the purchase of a local pre-paid number is recommended. Prishtina and other larger cities have numerous Internet Cafés. Some parts of the city are also covered by a WLAN network.

Traffic in Kosovo keeps to the right, and an EU driving licence is sufficient. The major and smaller roads are to a large extent rehabilitated and offer good connections to neighbouring countries. There are numerous “rental car” companies and daily charges range from between 20 and 75 Euro depending on the class of vehicle. Rental car companies with premises at the Prishtina Airport are Europcar and Auto Shkodra. For travel in the city, a taxi is recommended (approx. EUR 3. - for 3km ride).

The international green insurance card is still not valid in Kosovo. Foreigners travelling by car must therefore obtain additional insurance at the Kosovo border crossover. No toll fees are levied for the use of the road network.

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Health care
There are six regional hospitals situated in the major towns of Kosovo. These are supported by health houses in each of the 30 municipalities. Apart from the Public Health System there are numerous private hospitals. Due to the higher quality of their equipment and sanitation, private health institutions are more favourable.

Sufficiently outfitted pharmacies may be found in every town throughout Kosovo, some of which are open 24 hours per day.

In restaurants, bistros, cafés and hotels, a good variety of meals and beverages are offered (Balkans, Italian cuisine). Furthermore, there are numerous restaurants located in Prishtina and other larger towns offering international cuisine (Thai, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, etc.). The fish restaurants in Vërmicë and Istog with their unique trout specialities are also major attractions.

The supply of groceries is very good. Smaller shops can be found at each street corner. Supermarkets with ever-increasing assortments are usually located in the suburbs.

Map material
There are several good road maps and city plans, available at kiosks and fuel stations.

Cultural attractions
The cultural heritage in Kosovo is very rich, especially in the south and west of Kosovo, including the Dukagjin region and towns of Peja, Gjakova, and Prizren. The small fortresses such as the Albanian “Kullas”, mills and bridges, the mosques, the Catholic and Orthodox churches, and the Turkish baths, the castles and archaeological settlements, all make up a part of the extraordinarily rich history of the region.

Kosovo presents a rich ethno-cultural, material and spiritual heritage treasure-house of various historical periods. With their unique characteristics, features, and qualities, each culture has contributed its diverse values to the cultural heritage of Kosovo.

In the figurative-applicative establishment (composition) of Kosovo, the influence of Illyrian, Byzantine, Helen, Roman, Western and Eastern, and Ottoman cultures are present.

For detailed attractions in Kosovar cities please visit www.visitkosova.org.

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