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Serbia, formally the Republic of Serbia, is a sovereign state located in Central and Southeast Europe, including the southern portion of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans. In comparison to its tiny size, it is a varied nation defined by its transitory nature, located along cultural, physical, climatic, and other borders. Serbia is a landlocked country that shares borders with Hungary to the north, Romania and Bulgaria to the east, Macedonia to the south, and Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the west; it also claims a border with Albania through the disputed region of Kosovo. Serbia has a population of about 7 million people, and its capital, Belgrade, is one of the biggest cities in Southeast Europe.

Serbs founded numerous kingdoms in the early Middle Ages as a result of Slavic migrations to the Balkans beginning in the sixth century. In 1217, Rome and the Byzantine Empire recognized the Serbian Kingdom; it peaked in 1346 as a very brief Serbian Empire. By the mid-16th century, the Ottomans had conquered the whole of modern-day Serbia, with occasional interruptions by the Habsburg Empire, which began advancing into Central Serbia at the end of the 17th century, while retaining a footing in modern-day Vojvodina. The Serbian Revolution in the early nineteenth century created the nation-state as the region’s first constitutional monarchy, which later extended its borders. Following the devastation of World War I and the subsequent union of the Habsburg crownland of Vojvodina with Serbia, the nation co-founded Yugoslavia with other South Slavic peoples, which existed in different political configurations until the 1990s Yugoslav Wars. As a consequence, Serbia and Montenegro established a union in 1992, which dissolved in 2006, when Serbia regained its independence. Kosovo’s parliament proclaimed independence in 2008, drawing varied reactions from the international world.

Serbia is a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the Partnership for Peace, the BSEC, and CEFTA. Serbia has been a candidate for EU membership since 2012 and has been negotiating admission to the EU since January 2014, after the European Council and Commission approvals in 2013. The nation is in the process of joining the WTO and is militarily neutral. Serbia is a country with an upper-middle income economy dominated by the service sector, followed by industry and agriculture. The nation scores well on the Social Progress Index (45th) and the Global Peace Index (46th), is reasonably high on the Human Development Index (66th), and has a moderate economic freedom level (77th).

Serbia | Introduction

Serbia is a newer tourism destination. During the summer, visitors flock to Belgrade to experience the natural beauty of the country's numerous national parks. In the winter, people go to mountain resorts, with Kopaonik being one of the most popular. There are also many spa resorts, including Sokobanja, Nika...

How To Travel To Serbia

By plane Serbia's major airport is the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG), which is just 15 kilometers from downtown Belgrade. Belgrade is served by major European airlines. Air Serbia, Serbia's national airline, serves all major cities in Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. The following airlines provide flights to...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Serbia

Most European citizens do not need a visa to enter Serbia. Visas are not required for citizens of the United States, Canada, Israel, Singapore, Japan, Australia, and a few other countries for stays of up to 90 days. Citizens of the EU, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, and Montenegro...

Destinations in Serbia

Cities in Serbia Belgrade (Beograd / Београд) — the Serbian capitalKragujevac (Serbian Cyrillic: Крагујевац)— The first capital of modern Serbia, an industrial center, and the country's fourth biggest city. Kragujevac is 120 kilometers south of Belgrade in the Umadija area. Kragujevac is traversed by the Lepenica, a minor river. Lake...

Things To See in Serbia

Beautiful castles, Medieval monasteries, beautiful rural villages, and lively towns with baroque parks and art-deco architecture are among Serbia's numerous attractions. Cities and villages Its capital, Belgrade, is a vibrant and developing European metropolis with the Sava and Danube rivers flowing through it. It is far from a dull city, with...

Things To Do in Serbia

During the summer, Ada Ciganlija is also a great spot to kick back and relax. It's the sea of Belgrade, as the locals call it. There are many sports grounds and courts (soccer, basketball, golf, volleyball, etc.). On the shores of this lake-beach area, cafes selling ice cream and...

Food & Drinks in Serbia

Food in Serbia Serbian cuisine is a typical Balkan blend of foods from Central Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. Serbs are extremely proud of their cuisine, which consists mostly of grilled meats and sausages, as well as local cheeses and bread. Serbia is mostly a meat-loving country. Many...

Money & Shopping in Serbia

Currency Serbia's currency is the dinar (RSD, динаp, pl. dinari/динари). Banknotes are issued in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, and 5000 dinars, while coins are struck in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 dinars. Banknotes are more frequent than coins, therefore be prepared...

Festivals & Holidays in Serbia

Public holidays DateNameLocal name2015 date2016 dateRemarksJanuary 11New Year's DayNova GodinaJanuary 1 January 21January 2 January 7Julian Orthodox ChristmasBožićJanuary 7Serbian Orthodox Church uses the Julian calendarFebruary 151Statehood DayDan državnosti SrbijeFebruary 15Anniversary of the First Serbian Uprising in 1804 and the first Serbian Constitution in 1835February 161February 16variesOrthodox Good FridayVeliki petakApril 10April 29Serbian Orthodox...

Traditions & Customs in Serbia

Serbs are a highly pleasant, courteous, and hospitable people, particularly in the country's south. If you are welcomed into a Serbian house for the first time, be sure to bring them a present. Anything from flowers to chocolate or/and anything symbolic of your nation is acceptable. If you arrive to...

Internet & Communications in Serbia

In Serbia, there are three GSM/UMTS mobile phone networks: MTS, Telenor, and Vip. Prepaid SIM cards typically cost 200 dinars and do not need identification when purchased in person at a shop. However, in order to buy a Telenor prepaid SIM card online, you must have a valid Serbian...

Language & Phrasebook in Serbia

English is widely spoken in Serbia, and locals are eager to practice with visitors from other countries. You may also attempt the school-taught languages of German, French, Russian, Spanish, and Italian. The official language of Serbia is related to Croatian and Bosnian. All of those languages were known as Serbo-Croatian...

Culture Of Serbia

For centuries, Serbia's territory was split between the Eastern and Western parts of the Roman Empire; then between Byzantium and the Kingdom of Hungary; then, in the early modern era, between the Ottoman Empire and the Habsburg Empire. These overlapping influences have resulted in cultural variations across Serbia; the...

History Of Serbia

Prehistory There is little archeological evidence of Paleolithic communities in the area of modern-day Serbia. A human jaw piece discovered in Sievo (Mala Balanica) is thought to be up to 525,000—397,000 years old. During the Neolithic period, approximately 6,500 years ago, the Starevo and Vina civilizations flourished in or around modern-day...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Serbia

In general, Serbia is a safe location to visit. In case you need assistance, the people are very courteous and friendly. (If you need assistance finding/getting to a location, it's better to ask a younger individual, since they are more likely to know English.) Pickpockets should be avoided at...

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