MEET SERBIA

From chilled afternoon in cafes, incredible nightlife, and urban destinations, to rural treasures, unforgettable tastes, and pristine nature, Serbia is a destination you must experience.

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Located in the southeast of Europe, Serbia is a country well known for its warm and friendly atmosphere, great food and breathtaking locations.

Even though in recent years, Serbia’s renowned as one of the best and most varied travel destinations in Europe, it remains largely unspoiled, a hidden gem far away from the masses. Thanks to the rich climate and contrasting landscapes, these regions offer endless variations of activities to suit any traveler.

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Indulging in Serbian cuisine is the crown jewel of each visit to Serbia. Make sure you try pljeskavica, cevapi, and kajmak and run it all down with some rakija or incredibly rich-tasting local wines.

Serbia’s rich history left a trail of captivating sights just waiting to be discovered. Walk down historic districts of the urban areas or go on an adventure to find hidden rural historic locations. At the end of the day, enjoy an exciting night out in one of many Belgrade clubs or Novi Sad bars.

Language

The Serbian language is part of the Slavic groups of languages. It’s spoken by over 12 million native speakers, not only limited to Serbia but also scattered throughout the regions.

Serbian language speakers use both Cyrillic and Latin scripts daily, but the Cyrillic script is the official script of Serbia. Serbia is also home to over 14 ethnic minority groups, who nurture their mother tongues and even attend school in their preferred language. Hungarian is the second language by the number of speakers in Serbia, mostly present in Vojvodina, the northern region.

Population

The population in Serbia is estimated roughly to around 9 million people. The majority of the population are identified as ethnic Serbs, who make over 80% of the population.

Serbia’s unique history makes it one of the most diverse ethnic mixes in the world! Home to over 14 different ethnic groups, Serbia’s largest minority groups is Hungarians (3.5%), Bosnians (2%), and Slovaks (1%), with a higher density in Vojvodina, the northern region of the country. Ethnic Serbs, however, also live across the world as an ethnic minority, with the biggest presence in the Balkans region. Larger groups of Serbs can also be found living in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, with calculated 2 to 4 million people either working or permanently living abroad.

Climate

Serbia has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter, however, in recent decades, winter and summer are more prominent and longer-lasting. Serbia’s climate ranges between a moderate continental climate in the north of the country and a more Adriatic climate in the south where the mountain ranges influence the climate dramatically. Winters are cold, with temperatures dropping as low as -25 in mountain regions and -15 in the north. Summers are hot and humid, but mostly dry, with temperatures going up to standard 35, hitting up to 42 a few days a year.

Religion

Serbia is predominantly Christian, with the majority of the population (over 80%) identifying themselves as Eastern Orthodox. However, other religions are also present in Serbia, especially in the culturally rich northern region of Vojvodina.

Here are some numbers according to the recent studies:

  • Eastern Orthodoxy (84.59%)

  • Catholic Church (4.97%)

  • Islam (3.10%)

  • Protestantism (0.99%)

  • Irreligion (1.11%)

  • Others (5.24%) including Judaism that measures under 1%

 

History

Serbia has one of the longest histories in the region that dates back to the 6th century when first Slavs, Serbs included, settled in the region. Read about the Serbian history.

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