Pristina is the capital and largest city of the disputed territory of Kosovo. The city is developing with many new roads being built in Pristina. The national government is taking part in modernising the roadways as well, building motorways linking the city. Kosovo is in South East Europe, between Serbia and Macedonia Influenced by continental air masses resulting in relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall and hot, dry summers and autumns; Mediterranean and alpine influences create regional variation; maximum rainfall between October and December. Flat fluvial basin with an elevation of 400-700 m above sea level surrounded by several high mountain ranges with elevations of 2,000 to 2,500 m. The Albanian majority in Kosovo speak Albanian and refuse to speak Serbian. It will therefore be considered offensive to communicate in Serbian or other similar Slavic languages with Kosovar Albanians. Many Kosovars do now speak or understand basic English. The main religions are Islam, Christianity. The economy of Kosovo is one of the poorest in Europe. Despite substantial development subsidies Kosovo was the poorest province of the former Yugoslavia. Over the course of the 1990s, poor economic policies, international sanctions, weak access to external trade and finance, and ethnic conflict severely damaged the already weak economy. In Kosovo traditional customs are widely respected, however less formality is becoming more common. Expatriate business dress is conservative, comprising suits. Businesswomen are expected to dress conservatively. Women may be disregarded, even if they are in senior positions, in some of the country's more conservative areas. The security risk for expatriates in Kosovo is medium. Risks include street crime (particularly pickpocketing and bag-snatching in Pristina), organised crime, and risks related to poor infrastructure such as travel challenges and power cuts in winter. The population in Pristina is 0.211 Mil (2015 est.), while the inflation rate is -0.8% (2015 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Pristina, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Pristina as at 1 January 2016 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Low 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Average 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Low Pristina is for example -37.2% cheaper than Beirut for groceries, 60.5% more expensive for household costs than Lesotho, and 36.8% more expensive for transport costs than Maseru. The hardship premium for Pristina for an expat from Skopje, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Pristina) premium of 40% minus home (Skopje) location premium of 30%. Pristina is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Pristina? Register subscribe to your home location and Pristina and run your personalised reports.