Klina (river)

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Klina (Клина)
Klina river.JPG
The Klina river at the eastern end of Klina city
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationSuva Planina mountain, south of Lake Gazivode
 ⁃ location
White Drin, near Klina
 ⁃ coordinates
42°36′41″N 20°34′06″E / 42.6114°N 20.5683°E / 42.6114; 20.5683Coordinates: 42°36′41″N 20°34′06″E / 42.6114°N 20.5683°E / 42.6114; 20.5683
Length62 km (39 mi)
Basin size393 km2 (152 sq mi)
Basin features
ProgressionWhite DrinDrinAdriatic Sea

The Klina (Serbian Cyrillic: Клина; Albanian: Klina) is a river in Kosovo[a], a 62 km-long left tributary to the White Drin. It flows entirely within Kosovo proper.

The Klina originates from the northeastern slopes of the Suva Planina mountain, south of the artificial Lake Gazivode on the Ibar river, under the Rudopolje peak. In the initial section of the course, the Klina curves a lot, first flows east (at the village of Kaldura), turns south (at Jabuka), east again (at Crepulja) and southeast (at Gornji Strmac).

As it flows parallel to the Ibar and Sitnica rivers, it passes next to the medieval ruins of Perkovac town and the village of Gornja Klina, reaching the regional center of Skenderaj, the village of Lauša and the monastery of Devič, where the Klina turns southwest, marking the northern border of the Drenica region.

Between the villages of Tušilje and Ovčarevo, the Klina receives from the right its major tributary, the Move. At Dobra Voda, the river turns sharply to the west entering the Metohija region. From this point, the river valley is also a route for the Pristina-Peć section of the Transbalkanic railway. After the village of Podrgađe, the river reaches the town of Klina and soon after, empties into the White Drin.

The river is rich in hydro electrical potential, but this resource is not used. The Klina belongs to the Adriatic Sea drainage basin (draining itself 393 km²) and it is not navigable.


a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 99 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 13 later withdrew their recognition.


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