Photograph by Srdjan Ilic/AP
There are many reasons for it, but there is one thing making Belgrade different.
Belgrade simply accepts everyone who comes, that's something I have never had,
even though I visited many places. Just come and do enjoy Belgrade's unique charm and hospitality.
Belgrade is located in the south-east of Europe, in the Balkan Peninsula,
at the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
- Belgrade; 1,576,000
- 77,474 square kilometers (29,913 square miles)
- Orthodox, Muslim
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $2,200
- Literacy Percent:
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Serbia was once the dominant state within Yugoslavia, a republic formed in 1929 to forcibly unify the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes. The republic was held together by coercion—first under kings then under a communist government—until 1991-92 when Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence. By 1992, all that was left of Yugoslavia was Serbia and Montenegro.
Serbia's brutal war in the southern province of Kosovo, starting in 1998, caused Montenegro to distance itself from Slobodan Milosevic and his Yugoslav government. On February 4, 2003, the name "Yugoslavia" passed into history, replaced by the union of "Serbia and Montenegro."
On June 3, 2006, Montenegro proclaimed independence, and two days later, the Republic of Serbia declared itself the successor state to the union. The move allowed Serbia to inherit the union's seat at the United Nations and at other international organizations, but Montenegro's independence left Serbia landlocked with no direct access to the sea.
Montenegro's peaceful separation from Serbia also brought hope to Kosovo, where ethnic Albanians, who outnumber ethnic Serbs by nearly twenty to one, have long sought sovereignty. On February 17, 2008, Kosovo's Albanian leaders declared the province's independence from Serbia. The move was quickly endorsed by key capitals in the West, but the Serbian government and its ally, Russia, vowed to fight it.
- Industry: Machine building, metallurgy, mining, consumer goods
- Agriculture: Cereals, fruits, vegetables, tobacco; cattle
- Exports: Manufactured goods, food and live animals, raw materials