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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Serbia

Photo: The Parliament building in Belgrade
Guards of Honor stand outside the Parliament building in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.
Photograph by Srdjan Ilic/AP
Belgrade, The Capital of Serbia  is one of the oldest cities in Europe. I really love Belgrade.
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. 
Monument to Knez Mihailo
Monument to Knez Mihailo
The Cathedral Church
The Cathedral Church
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
Nebojsa Tower, Sava and Danube Confluence
Nebojsa Tower, Sava and Danube Confluence
Through the plane's window
Through the plane's window
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
St Sava Temple, Belgrade
St Sava Temple, Belgrade
Princess Ljubica Residence
Princess Ljubica Residence
St Marko Church
St Marko Church
Confluence of the Sava river to the Danube
Confluence of the Sava river to the Danube
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
St Marko Church
St Marko Church
Cathedral Church
Cathedral Church
Usce
Usce
St Marco Church, Belgrade
St Marco Church, Belgrade
Let's clean Serbia
Let's clean Serbia
Belgrade
Belgrade
Kneza Mihaila Street-Sunday Morning
Kneza Mihaila Street-Sunday Morning
St Sava's Church, next to the Temple
St Sava's Church, next to the Temple
Muskarci znaju zasto
Muskarci znaju zasto
Zemun
Zemun
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
The Sava river
The Sava river
Prince Mihailo
Prince Mihailo
Kalemgdan, Zindan gate
Kalemgdan, Zindan gate
National Theatre
National Theatre
Nikola Pasic's Square
Nikola Pasic's Square
Mis Serbia 2008
Mis Serbia 2008
The Danube river
The Danube river
Nikola Pasic's Square
Nikola Pasic's Square
Parliament
Parliament
From the Roof
From the Roof
  Skadarlija
Skadarlija
  Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
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8010DSC_5320.jpg
Skadarlija, XII 2009
Skadarlija, XII 2009
Pop Lukina Street
Pop Lukina Street
Zemun
Zemun
Singidunum-Beograd
Singidunum-Beograd
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Tito's Blue Train
Tito's Blue Train
Sparrows have a lunch with us
Sparrows have a lunch with us
The Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
The Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Restaurant  ?
Restaurant " ? "
Restaurant
Restaurant
Academy of Fine Arts
Academy of Fine Arts
Belgrade Port
Belgrade Port
Sunset
Sunset
Millenary Monument, Zemun, na Gardosu
Millenary Monument, Zemun, na Gardosu
View from Kalemegdan
View from Kalemegdan
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
Reflection, St Sava Temple
Reflection, St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
Reflection, St Sava Temple
Reflection, St Sava Temple
The Sava River
The Sava River
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
St Petka Chapel
St Petka Chapel
Danube
Danube
St Aleksandar Nevski
St Aleksandar Nevski
Zemun, Danube
Zemun, Danube
Zemun
Zemun
Kralja Milana Street
Kralja Milana Street
Blue Sky
Blue Sky
Chef Sale A.K.
Chef Sale A.K.
To be young and different
To be young and different
Chef Sale A.K.
Chef Sale A.K.
Cuvaj tajne i zagrli kravu
Cuvaj tajne i zagrli kravu
Knez Mihailo Monument and National Museum
Knez Mihailo Monument and National Museum
Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
Sava River
Sava River
The Sava river
The Sava river
The Sava River
The Sava River
21.12.2008.
21.12.2008.
Nebojsa Tower
Nebojsa Tower
Restaurant
Restaurant
Frozen Sava
Frozen Sava
Terazije Square
Terazije Square
Sava 18.07.2004.
Sava 18.07.2004.
Terazije and Kralja Milana Street
Terazije and Kralja Milana Street
Danube behind the Jaksic's Tower
Danube behind the Jaksic's Tower
Skadarlija Tri sesira Restaurant -Summer
Skadarlija "Tri sesira" Restaurant -Summer
Skadarlija Tri sesira Restaurant -Summer
Skadarlija "Tri sesira" Restaurant -Summer
Skadarlija Ima dana Restaurant-Winter
Skadarlija "Ima dana" Restaurant-Winter
Restaurants
Restaurants
Embassy of France
Embassy of France
ZOO
ZOO
ZOO
ZOO
ZOO
ZOO
Sava and Danube Confluence
Sava and Danube Confluence
Sava and Danube Confluence
Sava and Danube Confluence
Kosancicev venac
Kosancicev venac
Patriarchate
Patriarchate
Patriarchate
Patriarchate
Skadarlija Skadarlija Restaurant & BIP Brewery
Skadarlija "Skadarlija" Restaurant & "BIP" Brewery
Church of the Holy Mother of God - Ruzica
Church of the Holy Mother of God - Ruzica
From Ljuba's Place
From Ljuba's Place
Kalemegdan - Jaksic's Tower
Kalemegdan - Jaksic's Tower
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
Hotel Moskva
Hotel Moskva
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
The Art Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzoric
The Art Pavilion "Cvijeta Zuzoric"
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
Cathedral Church (Saborna crkva)
Cathedral Church (Saborna crkva)
Cathedral Church Detail
Cathedral Church Detail
Belgrade Coat of Arms
Belgrade Coat of Arms
Cyrillic
Cyrillic
Buvljak
Buvljak
Street Musicians
Street Musicians
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Milosa Street
Kneza Milosa Street
SKC
SKC
Inter Continental Hotel Beograd
Inter Continental Hotel "Beograd"
Inter Continental Hotel Beograd
Inter Continental Hotel "Beograd"
Terazije
Terazije
Njegoseva Street
Njegoseva Street
Mural Kralja Milana Street
Mural Kralja Milana Street
Hotel Moskva
Hotel Moskva
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
National Museum-160 Years
National Museum-160 Years
Terazije Square
Terazije Square
To the Pilots Defenders of Belgrade April 1941
To the Pilots Defenders of Belgrade April 1941
Air Museum
Air Museum
Old Bridge
Old Bridge
Tram
Tram
City Library
City Library
Terazije Square
Terazije Square
Church of the Holy Mother of God - Ruzica
Church of the Holy Mother of God - Ruzica
National Theatre
National Theatre
Patriarchate Coat of Arms
Patriarchate Coat of Arms
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
Restaurant Gardos
Restaurant Gardos
Terazije and Kralja Milana Street
Terazije and Kralja Milana Street
Guard
Guard
BITEF Theatre & Drinciceva Street
BITEF Theatre & Drinciceva Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
Millenary Monument, Zemun, na Gardosu
Millenary Monument, Zemun, na Gardosu
Mural Kralja Milana Street
Mural Kralja Milana Street
Parliament
Parliament
Parliament
Parliament
Terazije, Belgrade
Terazije, Belgrade
Belgrade Trophy Downtown Volleyball
"Belgrade Trophy" Downtown Volleyball
Belgrade Trophy Downtown Volleyball
"Belgrade Trophy" Downtown Volleyball
Belgrade Trophy Downtown Volleyball
"Belgrade Trophy" Downtown Volleyball
Skadarlija Reataurant-Summer
Skadarlija Reataurant-Summer
Sparrow visiting Military Museum
Sparrow visiting Military Museum
Ice Cream Choosing
Ice Cream Choosing
Dositej Obradovic
Dositej Obradovic
SIV
SIV
Sava
Sava
Parliament
Parliament
Kalemegdan, Sava and Danube
Kalemegdan, Sava and Danube
Sava and Danube Confluence
Sava and Danube Confluence
Bridge over the Sava
Bridge over the Sava
Beogradjanka Palace
"Beogradjanka" Palace
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
Wounded by Matija Vukovic
"Wounded" by Matija Vukovic
Zemun Lido
Zemun Lido
Russian Church of Holy Trinity
Russian Church of Holy Trinity
The World Champions beginninig here
The World Champions beginninig here
I'd like to touch you
I'd like to touch you
Rain
Rain
Marakana (FC Red Star Stadium)
Marakana (FC Red Star Stadium)
Church of the Holy Mother of God - Ruzica
Church of the Holy Mother of God - Ruzica
Lunch Time
Lunch Time
Come Here
Come Here
St Sava Temple, Belgrade
St Sava Temple, Belgrade
Batajnica
Batajnica
Belgrade's Flag
Belgrade's Flag
1/2 of WV
1/2 of WV
Soko 522
Soko 522
National Theatre
National Theatre
Feb 12 2005
Feb 12 2005
St Marco Church, Belgrade
St Marco Church, Belgrade
Kralja Petra Street
Kralja Petra Street
Kosutnjak
Kosutnjak
Despot Stefan's Tower
Despot Stefan's Tower
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
Ruzica Church and Despot Stefan's Tower
Ruzica Church and Despot Stefan's Tower
Baloon and the Old Bridge
Baloon and the Old Bridge
Heating
Heating
Take off
Take off
Flying
Flying
Ada
Ada
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
Cika Ljubina Street
Cika Ljubina Street
Zindan Gate and Despot Stefan's Tower
Zindan Gate and Despot Stefan's Tower
Caffe Entrance
Caffe Entrance
Underwood Cafe
Underwood Cafe
Let adopt them
Let adopt them
Fall Colors
Fall Colors
Kalemegdan-Tennis Courts
Kalemegdan-Tennis Courts
Train
Train
It's raining outside
It's raining outside
Train
Train
Bgd.jpg
Bgd.jpg
Nesa.jpg
Nesa.jpg
Sky before the Snow
Sky before the Snow
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
Reflection in Puddle - Kneza Mihaila Street
Reflection in Puddle - Kneza Mihaila Street
Restaurant and Sava River
Restaurant and Sava River
Gulls
Gulls
Branislav Nusic
Branislav Nusic
Sava River
Sava River
Danube
Danube
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
National Museum
National Museum
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
Fontana Restauant
"Fontana" Restauant
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Sava River
Sava River
National Museum
National Museum
Sava River
Sava River
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
The Holy Emperor Constantine
The Holy Emperor Constantine
Saborna Church
Saborna Church
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
Sava River
Sava River
St Marco Church
St Marco Church
Same Boat Restaurant
Same Boat Restaurant
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
St Marco and Russian Church
St Marco and Russian Church
Tasmajdan
Tasmajdan
Dorcol Backyard
Dorcol Backyard
Winter
Winter
Nebojsa Tower
Nebojsa Tower
Cathedral Church and Patriarchate
Cathedral Church and Patriarchate
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia
Sava River
Sava River
Old Bridge, sava River
Old Bridge, sava River
House
House
April 2006
April 2006
Zoo
Zoo
Zoo
Zoo
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
Snow queen
Snow queen
Bear without parachute
Bear without parachute
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
Basta
Basta
National Theatre and Prince Mihailo Monument
National Theatre and Prince Mihailo Monument
Cathedral Church
Cathedral Church
Danube9.JPG
Danube9.JPG
Sava River
Sava River
Obilicev venac
Obilicev venac
Cathedral Church
Cathedral Church
Dorcol
Dorcol
Karadjordje
Karadjordje
Russian Church
Russian Church
October's Morning
October's Morning
Most
Most
Sunrise
Sunrise
National Bank
National Bank
Slavija
Slavija
Belgrade
Belgrade
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Reflection in Puddle
Reflection in Puddle
Zoo
Zoo
Zoo
Zoo
Zoo
Zoo
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Zoo
Zoo
Zoo
Zoo
Zemun, Danube River
Zemun, Danube River
Boat, Duck and Gull
Boat, Duck and Gull
Danube River January 2006
Danube River January 2006
Sava River
Sava River
Flood Reflection
Flood Reflection
Not from ZOO
Not from ZOO
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
Zoki
Zoki
Crosses
Crosses
Zeleni venac
Zeleni venac
Kosancicev Venac
Kosancicev Venac
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Old Bridge
Old Bridge
Novi Beograd
Novi Beograd
Novi Beograd
Novi Beograd
The Sava River
The Sava River
Sava River
Sava River
Sava River
Sava River
The Sava river
The Sava river
March 29, 2006
March 29, 2006
March 29, 2006
March 29, 2006
Sava and Danube
Sava and Danube
Kralja Milana Street
Kralja Milana Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
City Assembly
City Assembly
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Djura Jaksic
Djura Jaksic
Reflection in Puddle
Reflection in Puddle
Reflection in Puddle
Reflection in Puddle
Reflection
Reflection
Tasmajdan
Tasmajdan
Zindan Gate, Kalemegdan
Zindan Gate, Kalemegdan
Reflection in Puddle
Reflection in Puddle
World Cup
World Cup
Nikola Pasic's Square
Nikola Pasic's Square
Nikola Pasic's Square
Nikola Pasic's Square
Bitef teatar
Bitef teatar
Skadarlija, Three Hats Restaurant
Skadarlija, "Three Hats" Restaurant
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Sava and Danube Rivers
Sava and Danube Rivers
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Kralja Petra Street
Kralja Petra Street
Njegoseva Street
Njegoseva Street
Nebojsa Tower and St Petka Chapel
Nebojsa Tower and St Petka Chapel
Restaurant
Restaurant
Terazije
Terazije
Prince Mihailo
Prince Mihailo
Nemanjina Street
Nemanjina Street
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Nikola Pasic's Square
Nikola Pasic's Square
Terazije.JPG
Terazije.JPG
Knez Mihailo
Knez Mihailo
Terazije
Terazije
NBS
NBS
NBS
NBS
Karadjordjeva Street
Karadjordjeva Street
Restaurant
Restaurant
Temple
Temple
Kneza Mihaila Street9
Kneza Mihaila Street9
Kneza Mihaila Street
Kneza Mihaila Street
Temple
Temple
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
Danube
Danube
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
Danube River
Danube River
Stari DIF
Stari DIF
Novi Beograd
Novi Beograd
Novi Beograd
Novi Beograd
The Sava River
The Sava River
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
Restaurant
Restaurant
Vajfert
Vajfert
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
Zemun - Ona, a ne neka druga
Zemun - "Ona, a ne neka druga"
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
Sava River
Sava River
Kalemegdan and the Sava river from the boat restaurant Dijalog
Kalemegdan and the Sava river from the boat restaurant "Dijalog"
The Danube River
The Danube River
OFK Beograd Stadium
OFK Beograd Stadium
St Sava Temple and FC Partizan Stadium
St Sava Temple and FC Partizan Stadium
The Sava River I
The Sava River I
The Sava River II
The Sava River II
The Sava River III
The Sava River III
Gazela and an Old Bridge
Gazela and an Old Bridge
Dorcol
Dorcol
Nemanjina Street
Nemanjina Street
Republic Square from baloon
Republic Square from baloon
From baloon
From baloon
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
11.11.2007.
11.11.2007.
National Museum, Reflection in Puddle
National Museum, Reflection in Puddle
Muzicka akademija
Muzicka akademija
The Danube river
The Danube river
The Sava river
The Sava river
02 03 2008
02 03 2008
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
Tha Danube river, Zemun
Tha Danube river, Zemun
Airport City, Stari aerodrom, New Belgrade
Airport City, Stari aerodrom, New Belgrade
The Sava river
The Sava river
The Sava river
The Sava river
The Sava river
The Sava river
Dancing
Dancing
The Danube river, Zemun
The Danube river, Zemun
Zemun
Zemun
Hand made Rolls - Royce at military museum
Hand made Rolls - Royce at military museum
Hand made Rolls - Royce at military museum
Hand made Rolls - Royce at military museum
Hand made Rolls - Royce at military museum
Hand made Rolls - Royce at military museum
Hummer
Hummer
The Sava river
The Sava river
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
Ada Medjica and Ada Ciganlija
Ada Medjica and Ada Ciganlija
Sunday Morning, March 2006
Sunday Morning, March 2006
The Sava river
The Sava river
Confluence
Confluence
The Sava river and Kalemegdan
The Sava river and Kalemegdan
Reflection
Reflection
Cathedral church
Cathedral church
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
21.12.2008.
21.12.2008.
The Sava river and Kalemegdan
The Sava river and Kalemegdan
The Sava river
The Sava river
The Sava River
The Sava River
28.12.2008.
28.12.2008.
The Sava river
The Sava river
Usce
Usce
Nebojsa tower
Nebojsa tower
Usce
Usce
Nebojsa Tower
Nebojsa Tower
Usce
Usce
Zemun
Zemun
Zindan Gate, Kalemegdan
Zindan Gate, Kalemegdan
Boat Restaurant
Boat Restaurant
8.2.2009.
8.2.2009.
The Sava river
The Sava river
The Sava river
The Sava river
The Sava river
The Sava river
St Sava  Church
St Sava Church
St Sava  Church
St Sava Church
St Sava Temple and National Library
St Sava Temple and National Library
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
The Danube river
The Danube river
Gull
Gull
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
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6030DSC_7372Jugodrp.jpg
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6030DSC_6884.jpg
6030DSC_6894.jpg
6030DSC_6894.jpg
6030DSC_6895.jpg
6030DSC_6895.jpg
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6030DSC_6923.jpg
6030DSC_7035.jpg
6030DSC_7035.jpg
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6030DSC_7098.jpg
6030DSC_7382.jpg
6030DSC_7382.jpg
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
Zemun
Zemun
Parliament, Belgrade, Serbia
Parliament, Belgrade, Serbia
Zemun
Zemun
Karadjordjeva street
Karadjordjeva street
Railway station
Railway station
Nemanjina street
Nemanjina street
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
Usce
Usce
Zemun
Zemun
Zemun
Zemun
April in Belgrade
April in Belgrade
April in Belgrade
April in Belgrade
Institute for the protection of cultural monuments of Belgrade
Institute for the protection of cultural monuments of Belgrade
May 2009
May 2009
May 2009
May 2009
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
May 2009
May 2009
May 2009
May 2009
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan Zindan Gate
Kalemegdan Zindan Gate
Restaurant Carda Stara koliba
Restaurant "Carda Stara koliba"
The Danube river
The Danube river
Belgrade Marathon, each direction is possible
Belgrade Marathon, each direction is possible
The Danube river, near Nebojsa Tower
The Danube river, near Nebojsa Tower
The Sava and the Danube rivers
The Sava and the Danube rivers
The Danube river, Zemun
The Danube river, Zemun
The Sava river
The Sava river
Gavrila Principa Street
Gavrila Principa Street
Kosancicev venac
Kosancicev venac
The Sava river
The Sava river
The Danube river
The Danube river
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
The bridge
The bridge
Danube-Egret visiting Restaurant
Danube-Egret visiting Restaurant
Kalemegdan from baloon
Kalemegdan from baloon
The Danube river
The Danube river
Belgrade
Belgrade
Pop Lukina Street
Pop Lukina Street
Skate Shop
Skate Shop
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
St Sava Temple
Restaurant ?
Restaurant "?"
Montevideo Bog te video
"Montevideo Bog te video"
From Kalemegdan over the Danube
From Kalemegdan over the Danube
The Danube river
The Danube river
It is possible
It is possible
The Danube river
The Danube river
Karadjordjeva street
Karadjordjeva street
Terazije Square
Terazije Square
The Old bridge
The Old bridge
Zemun
Zemun
Zoki i Atelje 212
Zoki i Atelje 212
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
Skadarlija
Skadarlija
Muzej savremene umetnosti i Kalemegdan.jpg
Muzej savremene umetnosti i Kalemegdan.jpg
Kalemegdan
Kalemegdan
Tasmajdan, St Marco Church
Tasmajdan, St Marco Church
Tasmajdan, St Marco Church
Tasmajdan, St Marco Church
Tasmajdan, St Marco Church
Tasmajdan, St Marco Church
Tasmajdan, St Marco Church
Tasmajdan, St Marco Church
Tasmajdan, Russian Church
Tasmajdan, Russian Church
Tasmajdan, St Marco Church
Tasmajdan, St Marco Church
Princess Ljubica Residence
Princess Ljubica Residence
Glas cleaning - Shopping center Usce
Glas cleaning - Shopping center "Usce"
The Sava river
The Sava river
Living easy
Living easy
Passage
Passage
Princess Ljubica Street
Princess Ljubica Street
Zemun
Zemun
Kneza Sime Markovica street
Kneza Sime Markovica street
Kneza Mihaila street
Kneza Mihaila street
The Danube River Zemun
The Danube River Zemun
The Danube river
The Danube river
Walking
Walking
Beograde, dobro jutro!
Beograde, dobro jutro!
Good morning Belgrade!
Good morning Belgrade!
Good Morning Belgrade!
Good Morning Belgrade!
Good Morning Belgrade!
Good Morning Belgrade!
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
New Belgrade
Usce
"Usce"
Good Morning Belgrade!
Good Morning Belgrade!
Good Morning Belgrade!
Good Morning Belgrade!
Trg
Trg
Beogradizacija Beograda
Beogradizacija Beograda
Ocistimo Srbiju
Ocistimo Srbiju
Urban
Urban
Belgrade, 10.10.2010.
Belgrade, 10.10.2010.
Beograd u mojim-mislima II
Beograd u mojim-mislima II
Where cyrillic happens.jpg
Where cyrillic happens.jpg
Skadar I 2011
Skadar I 2011
Skadar I 2011
Skadar I 2011
Skadar I 2011
Skadar I 2011
Beograd u mojim mislima
Beograd u mojim mislima
Drinciceva street
Drinciceva street
Urban
Urban
Where inspiration happens.jpg

Fast Facts

Population:
7,498,000
Capital:
Belgrade; 1,576,000
Area:
77,474 square kilometers (29,913 square miles)
Language:
Serbian
Religion:
Orthodox, Muslim
Currency:
Dinar
Life Expectancy:
74
GDP per Capita:
U.S. $2,200
Literacy Percent:
96
Flag: Serbia
Map: Serbia
Located in southwestern Europe, Serbia possesses a fertile Danube plain in the north, but the land becomes rugged and mountainous in the south.
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.
ECONOMY
  • Industry: Machine building, metallurgy, mining, consumer goods
  • Agriculture: Cereals, fruits, vegetables, tobacco; cattle
  • Exports: Manufactured goods, food and live animals, raw materials
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition

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