A multicultural and tolerant place - this is how the international community sees the future of Kosovo. People still rely on help from the diaspora, for example, a tenth of the population lives in Switzerland.
Photos of those who disappeared during the war on show in the centre of Pristina. Finding out what happened to them is one of the goals of Beat Schneider, the Swiss head of mision of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Kosovo.
Switzerland recognised Kosovo's independence on February 27, 2008. The Swiss embassy in Pristina was inaugurated a month later.
Thousands of Kosovo expats from Switzerland return home each summer by car. However, some vehicles arrive without a driver, through various parallel markets.
The old post bus from Lamone, canton Ticino, has a second life in Pristina.
Many houses built recently are financed with help from money sent from Switzerland and the rest of Europe.
Despite the opposition of some "nationalist graffiti artists", most of the population welcome the presence of international forces. Switzerland participates in the European Eulex mission.
A grave in memory of fallen soldiers in the Kosovo Liberation Army. During the time of the conflict with Serbia, it counted on aid from some expat residents in Switzerland.
A visible Swiss influence...
In the capital Pristina, as in the rest of the province, there is much evidence of the close relations between Kosovo and Switzerland. (Photos: Luigi Jorio)
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