Countries That Recognize Kosovo 2021

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Kosovo, officially known as the Republic of Kosovo, is a partially-recognized state located in southeast Europe. Kosovo is partially recognized because of its territorial dispute with the Republic of Serbia. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008. Serbia’s initial reactions to Kosovo’s independence included indicting Kosovo’s leaders on charges of high treason, litigating the case at the International Court of Justice, and recalling ambassadors from countries that recognized Kosovo.

In December 2012, Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić agreed to appoint a liaison officer to Kosovo as a result of European Union (EU) negotiations on Kosovo’s status. In April 2013, Kosovo and Serbia reached an agreement, known as the Brussels Agreement, to normalize their relations and allow both nations to eventually join the EU. The agreement stated that Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, recognized Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, as having administrative power over Kosovo and that Belgrade will deal with Pristina as a legitimate governing authority. In June of that year, Kosovo and Serbia exchanged liaison officers.

Progress on the Brussels Agreement stalled in 2018 when Kosovo imposed a 100% tax on all imported Serbian goods. Kosovo withdrew the tax on April 1, 2020. As of March 2020, Kosovo has received 115 diplomatic recognitions as an independent state, 15 of which have been withdrawn. 97 out of 193 United Nations members, 22 out of 27 EU members, 26 out of 30 NATO members, and 34 out of 57 Organization of Islamic Cooperation member state have recognized Kosovo.

Countries that Recognize Kosovo as an Independent State

Below are the countries that recognize Kosovo as an independent, sovereign state. Countries are in order of their recognition.

The following countries recognized Kosovo in 2008: Costa Rica (February 17), United States (February 18), France (February 18) Afghanistan (February 18), Albania (February 18), Turkey (February 18), United Kingdom (February 18), Australia (February 19), Senegal (February 19), Germany (February 20), Latvia (February 20), Denmark (February 21), Estonia (February 21), Italy (February 21), Luxembourg (February 21), Peru (February 22), Belgium (February 24), Poland (February 26), Switzerland (February 27), Austria (February 27), Ireland (February 29), Sweden (March 4), the Netherlands (March 4), Iceland (March 5), Slovenia (March 5), Finland (March 7), Japan (March 18), Canada (March 18), Monaco (March 19), Hungary (March 19), Croatia (March 19), Bulgaria (March 20), Liechtenstein (March 25), South Korea (March 28), Norway (March 28), Marshall Islands (April 17), Nauru (April 23), Burkina Faso (April 24), Lithuania (May 6), San Marino (May 11), Czech Republic (May 21), Liberia (May 30), Sierra Leone (June 13), Colombia (August 6), Belize (August 7), Malta (August 21), Samoa (September 15), Portugal (October 7), Montenegro (October 9), Macedonia (October 9), United Arab Emirates (October 14), Malaysia (October 30), and the Federated States of Micronesia (December 5).

The following countries recognized Kosovo in 2009: Panama (January 16), Maldives (February 19), Palau (March 6), Gambia (April 7), Saudi Arabia (April 20), Comoros (May 14), Bahrain (May 19), Jordan (July 8), Dominican Republic (July 11), New Zealand (November 11), and Malawi (December 16). The following countries recognized Kosovo in 2010: Mauritania (January 12), Eswatini (Swaziland) (April 12), Vanuatu (April 28), Djibouti (May 12), Somalia (May 19), Honduras (September 3), Kiribati (October 21), and Tuvalu (November 18). The following countries recognized Kosovo in 2011: Qatar (January 4), Guinea-Bissau (January 14), Oman (February 4), Andorra (June 8), Central African Republic (July 22), Niger (August 16), Guinea-Conakry (August 16), Benin (August 17), Saint Lucia (August 19), Gabon (September 9), and Nigeria (September 12).

The following countries recognized Kosovo in 2012: Ghana (January 23), Haiti (February 10), Brunei (April 25), Chad (June 1), Timor-Leste (September 20), Papua New Guinea (October 3), Burundi (October 16), Fiji (November 19), Saint Kitts and Nevis (November 28), Dominica (December 11), and Pakistan (December 24). The following countries recognized Kosovo in 2013: Guyana (March 16), Tanzania (May 29), Yemen (June 11), Egypt (June 26), El Salvador (June 29), Thailand (September 24), Grenada (September 25), and Libya (September 25). The following countries recognized Kosovo in 2014: Tonga (January 15), Lesotho (February 11), Mali (July 7), Togo (July 11), and Solomon Islands (August 13). Antigua and Barbuda recognized Kosovo on May 20, 2015.

In 2016, Suriname (July 8) and Singapore (December 1) recognized Kosovo, followed by Bangladesh (February 27) and Madagascar (November 11) in 2017. In 2018, Barbados recognized Kosovo on February 15th. Three other entities have recognized Kosovo: the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Cook Islands, and Niue.Of those that have recognized Kosovo, the following countries have withdrawn recognition: Suriname, Burundi, Papua New Guinea, Lesotho, Comoros, Dominica, Grenada, Solomon Islands, Madagascar, Palau, Togo, Central African Republic, Ghana, Nauru, and Sierra Leone.

Countries That Recognize Kosovo 2021

Country Date of Recognition 2021 Population
United StatesFebruary 18, 2008332,915,073
PakistanDecember 24, 2012225,199,937
NigeriaSeptember 12, 2011211,400,708
BangladeshFebruary 27, 2017166,303,498
JapanMarch 18, 2008126,050,804
EgyptJune 26, 2013104,258,327
TurkeyFebruary 18, 200885,042,738
GermanyFebruary 20, 200883,900,473
ThailandSeptember 24, 201369,950,850
United KingdomFebruary 18, 200868,207,116
FranceFebruary 18, 200865,426,179
TanzaniaMay 29, 201361,498,437
ItalyFebuary 21, 200860,367,477
South KoreaMarch 28, 200851,305,186
ColombiaAugust 6, 200851,265,844
AfghanistanFebruary 18, 200839,835,428
CanadaMarch 18, 200838,067,903
PolandFebruary 26 200837,797,005
Saudi ArabiaApril 20, 200935,340,683
PeruFebuary 22, 200833,359,418
MalaysiaOctober 30, 200832,776,194
GhanaJanuary 23, 201231,732,129
YemenJune 11, 201330,490,640
MadagascarNovember 11, 201728,427,328
AustraliaFebruary 19, 200825,788,215
NigerAugust 16, 201125,130,817
Burkina FasoApril 24, 200821,497,096
MaliJuly 7, 201420,855,735
MalawiDecember 16, 200919,647,684
SenegalFebruary 19, 200817,196,301
NetherlandsMarch 4, 200817,173,099
ChadJune, 1, 201216,914,985
SomaliaMay 19, 201016,359,504
BeninAugust 17, 201112,451,040
BurundiOctober 16, 201212,255,433
BelgiumFebruary 24, 200811,632,326
HaitiFebruary 10, 201211,541,685
Dominican RepublicJuly 11, 200910,953,703
Czech RepublicMay 21, 200810,724,555
JordanJuly 8, 200910,269,021
PortugalOctober 7, 200810,167,925
SwedenMarch 4, 200810,160,169
HondurasSeptmeber 3, 201010,062,991
United Arab EmiratesOctober 14, 20089,991,089
Papua New GuineaOctober 3, 20129,119,010
AustriaFebruary 27, 20089,043,070
SwitzerlandFebruary 27, 20088,715,494
TogoJuly 11, 20148,478,250
Sierra LeoneJune 13, 20088,141,343
LibyaSeptember 25, 20136,958,532
BulgariaMarch 20, 20086,896,663
El SalvadorJune 29, 20136,518,499
SingaporeDecember 1, 20165,896,686
DenmarkFebuary 21, 20085,813,298
FinlandMarch 7, 20085,548,360
NorwayMarch 28, 20085,465,630
OmanFebruary 4, 20115,223,375
LiberiaMay 30, 20085,180,203
Costa RicaFebruary 17, 20085,139,052
IrelandFebruary 29, 20084,982,907
Central African RepublicJuly 22, 20114,919,981
New ZealandNovember 11, 20094,860,643
MauritaniaJanuary 12, 20104,775,119
PanamaJanuary 16, 20094,381,579
CroatiaMarch 19, 20084,081,651
QatarJanuary 4, 20112,930,528
AlbaniaFebruary 18, 20082,872,933
LithuaniaMay 6, 20082,689,862
GambiaApril 7, 20092,486,945
GabonSeptember 9, 20112,278,825
LesothoFebruary 11, 20142,159,079
SloveniaMarch 5, 20082,078,724
Guinea BissauJanuary 14, 20112,015,494
LatviaFebruary 20, 20081,866,942
BahrainMay 19, 20091,748,296
Timor LesteSeptember 20, 20121,343,873
EstoniaFebuary 21, 20081,325,185
EswatiniApril 12, 20101,172,362
DjiboutiMay 12, 20101,002,187
FijiNovember 19, 2012902,906
ComorosMay 14, 2009888,451
GuyanaMarch 16, 2013790,326
Solomon IslandsAugust 13, 2014703,996
LuxembourgFebuary 21, 2008634,814
MontenegroOctober 9, 2008628,053
SurinameJuly 8, 2016591,800
MaldivesFebruary 19, 2009543,617
MaltaAugust 21, 2008442,784
BruneiApril 25, 2012441,532
BelizeAugust 7, 2008404,914
IcelandMarch 5, 2008343,353
VanuatuApril 28, 2010314,464
BarbadosFebruary 15, 2018287,711
SamoaSeptember 15, 2008200,149
Saint LuciaAugust 19, 2011184,400
KiribatiOctober 21, 2010121,392
GrenadaSeptember 25, 2013113,021
TongaJanuary 15, 2014106,760
Antigua And BarbudaMay 20, 201598,731
AndorraJune 8, 201177,355
DominicaDecember 11, 201272,167
Marshall IslandsApril 17, 200859,610
Saint Kitts And NevisNovember 28, 201253,544
MonacoMarch 19, 200839,511
LiechtensteinMarch 25, 200838,250
San MarinoMay 11, 200834,017
PalauMarch 6, 200918,169
TuvaluNovember 18, 201011,931
NauruApril 23, 200810,876

Countries That Recognize Kosovo 2021