The Republic of Serbia is located between central and southeast Europe, and is a completely landlocked country. It is just south of Hungary and North of Macedonia. There are around seven million residents of the country, many who call the capital city, Belgrade, home.
The official language of Serbia is Serbian. However, there are many minority languages spoken as well. These languages include Hungarian, Slovak, Romanian, Bulgarian, and Croatian (among others).
- One of Belgrade’s top landmarks, Prince Michael Street, is the main pedestrian street in the city. Laws protect the landmark street and allow it to be a safe commercial center.
- Serbia is the world’s leading exporter of raspberries. In fact, over 30% of the raspberries eaten in the world are from Serbia. 95% of the world’s top quality raspberries come from Serbia.
- Coffee is very popular in Serbia. It is enjoyed in homes, and there are coffee shops in nearly every town in the country because drinking coffee is considered such a social activity.
- The country of Serbia has two official flags. There is an official flag with a coat of arms and a national flag that simply consists of three colors and no coat of arms.
- Belgrade, or Beograd, as it is called in Serbia, was founded in the 200s BC by the Celts, and was then taken over by the Romans as their settlement Singidunum. It numbers among the oldest cities in Europe.
- Belgrade won the title of ‘City of the Future’ for Southern Europe, in a contest sponsored by The Economist/FDI Magazine.
- The largest lake in Serbia is called Silver Lake, more recently termed the Serbian Sea due to its growing popularity. Its water is very clean and clear because of the natural filtration that its sand dunes provide, and the absence of pollution.
- Nikola Tesla, considered the father of electricity, was from Serbia.
- The largest Orthodox Church that is still open for services is located in Belgrade and is called the Cathedral of Saint Sava.
- The Miroslav Gospel, written in the twelfth century, is the oldest preserved Serbian manuscript.