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Facts About Serbia

Regional Population: 9,396,411

Local Currency: RSD

Latitude: 44.0165210

Longitude: 21.0058590

In southeastern Europe, between Macedonia and Hungary, Serbia became a stand-alone sovereign republic in the summer of 2006 after Montenegro voted for independence. The separation of the two states ended what remained of the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia comprised of Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia[/destinations/SI/00-slovenia], Croatia[/destinations/HR/00-croatia], Bosnia and Herzegovina[/destinations/BA/00-bosnia-and-herzegovina], and Macedonia. After decades under the authoritarian rule of Josip Broz Tito, wars in Croatia and Bosnia and the brutal leadership of Slobodan Milosevic, today’s democratic Serbia offers an array of historical and cultural destinations.

The capital of Belgrade mixes history and progress, with 19th century architecture along the pedestrian shopping street of Knez Mihailova to the fashionable cafés and restaurants along Strahinica Bana in the Dorcol district. To the north in Novi Sad, along the banks of the Danube, the Petrovaradin Fortress dating back six centuries serves as the backdrop for the annual EXIT Festival in July which attracts 150,000 attendees and an eclectic mix of artists from all over the world. For those seeking nature, five national parks offer the forests of Fruska Gora, the cliffs of Kazan and the Djerdap gorge stretching over 100 kilometers.

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