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Coordinates: 44°N 21°E / 44°N 21°E / 44; 21

Republic of Serbia

Република Србија (Serbian)
Republika Srbija  (Serbian)
Coat of arms
"Боже правде" / "Bože pravde"
(English: "God of Justice")
Location of Serbia (green) and the de facto independent Kosovo (light green) in Europe (dark grey).
Location of Serbia (green) and the de facto independent Kosovo (light green) in Europe (dark grey).
and largest city
44°48′N 20°28′E / 44.800°N 20.467°E / 44.800; 20.467
Official languagesSerbian
Ethnic groups
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary
constitutional republic
• President
Aleksandar Vučić
Ana Brnabić
LegislatureNational Assembly
late 8th century
• Independent republic
5 June 2006
• Including Kosovo
88,361 km2 (34,116 sq mi) (111th)
• Excluding Kosovo
77,474 km2 (29,913 sq mi)[1]
• 2017 estimate
7,040,272 (excluding Kosovo) Decrease[2] (104th)
• Density
91.1/km2 (235.9/sq mi) (121th)
GDP (PPP)2018 estimate
• Total
$112.475 billion[3] (78th)
• Per capita
$16,063 (excluding Kosovo)[3] (83rd)
GDP (nominal)2018 estimate
• Total
$42.378 billion[3] (86th)
• Per capita
$6,052 (excluding Kosovo)[3] (88th)
Gini (2013)29.6[4]
HDI (2015)Increase 0.776[5]
high · 66th
CurrencySerbian dinar (RSD)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
• Summer (DST)
Driving sideright
Calling code+381
ISO 3166 codeRS
Internet TLD
  1. From the fall of Smederevo until conquest of Belgrade, Mačva and Vojvodina

The Republic of Serbia (Serbian: Република Србија / Repbulika Srbija) is a country in Central Europe. The capital city is Belgrade. To the north of Serbia is the country Hungary. To the east of Serbia are the countries Bulgaria and Romania. To the south of Serbia are countries North Macedonia and Albania. To the west of Serbia are the countries Montenegro (the country that was once united with Serbia), Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

History[change | change source]

The oldest form of writing comes from an ancient civilization which inhabited Serbia called the Vinča culture and the symbols are called the Vinča script.[6] Serbia is also home to the earliest known copper smelting sites and the birth of the Copper Age which lead humanity out of the Stone Age and into regular use of metallurgy.[7] The same culture contains the earliest evidence of tin alloy bronze which replaced the much weaker arsenic bronze.[8]

Geography[change | change source]

Serbia is found in the Balkan peninsula and the Pannonian Plain. The Danube passes through Serbia. The Šar Mountains of Kosovo form the border with Albania. Over 31% of Serbia is covered by forest.[9] National parks take up 10% of the country's territory.[10] Serbia has 5 national parks and 22 nature reserves.

Economy[change | change source]

Serbia is classed as an upper-middle income economy.[11]

The major processed vegetable crops in Serbia are potatoes, tomatoes and pepper.[12] Serbia is one of the biggest world producers and exporters of raspberries.[13] They are a leading exporter of frozen fruit.[14]

There are four international airports in Serbia: Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Niš Constantine the Great Airport, Vršac International Airport and Pristina International Airport.

89% of households in Serbia have fixed telephone lines. There are over 9.60 million cell-phones users. This is larger than the number of the total population of Serbia itself by 30%.

Culture[change | change source]

Serbia has a total of eight sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list: The Early Medieval capital Stari Ras and the 13th-century monastery Sopoćani, and the 12th-century monastery Studenica, and the endangered Medieval Monuments in Kosovo group, comprising the monasteries of Visoki Dečani, Our Lady of Ljeviš, Gračanica and Patriarchate of Peć (former seat of the Serbian Church, mausoleum of Serbian royalty) and finally the Roman estate of Gamzigrad–Felix Romuliana. There are two literary memorials on UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme: The 12th-century Miroslav Gospel, and scientist Nikola Tesla's valuable archive.

The most prominent museum in Serbia is the National Museum of Serbia. It was founded in 1844. It houses a collection of more than 400,000 exhibits, over 5,600 paintings and 8,400 drawings and prints, and includes many foreign masterpiece collections, including Miroslav Gospel.

The official language, Serbian, is written in both the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets.

Composer and musicologist Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac is said to be one of the most important founders of modern Serbian music.[15][16]

In the 1990s and the 2000s, many pop music performers rose to fame. Željko Joksimović won second place at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest. Marija Šerifović won the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest. Serbia was the host of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008.

Sports[change | change source]

The most popular sports in Serbia are football, basketball, volleyball, handball, water polo and tennis.

The three main football clubs in Serbia are Red Star and Partizan, both from the capital city of Belgrade, and Vojvodina from Novi Sad.

Novak Djokovic, a multiple Grand Slam-winning tennis player and current number one, is from Serbia. Other tennis players from Serbia include Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic.

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The World Factbook: Serbia". Central Intelligence Agency. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  2. "PBC stats". 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Serbia". International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  4. "Human Development Reports: Gini coefficient". United Nations Development Programme. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  5. "2016 Human Development Report" (PDF). United Nations Development Programme. 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  8. "6,500-year old tin-bronze from Serbia - HAEMUS - Center for scientific research and promotion of culture".
  9. "Dragin obrazlozio predloge zakona u oblasti poljoprivrede". Vlada Srbije. 2005.
  10. "U Srbiji do 2010. godine 10% teritorije nacionalni parkovi". Poslovni Magazin – Business Surfer. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  11. "Upper-middle-income economies". The World Bank.
  12. Marat Terterov, Doing Business with Serbia, p. 169
  13. Caucaso, Osservatorio Balcani e. "Raspberries, Serbia's Red Gold". Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso.
  14. Borka Tomic (13 April 2006). "Rebranding Serbia". Invest in Serbia.
  15. "Projekat Rastko: Istorija srpske kulture". Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  16. "Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac (1856—1914)". 28 September 1914. Retrieved 24 May 2012.