The Republic of Serbia is located in the Southeast of Europe, in the centre of the Balkan peninsula. It has eight neighbouring countries: Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Croatia. The northern part of the country is the Pannonian Plain, while the southern part is mostly covered in mountains. The capital and the largest city is Belgrade, which is located on the border between Vojvodina and southern Serbia.
Serbia has a long and rich history that dates all the way to prehistoric times. All across the country, people can find a lot of historical and cultural monuments dedicated to different periods and ethnicities. Throughout the years Serbia has been occupied and at war many times. The most notable occupation was during the Ottoman Empire which lasted for 500 years. During the Ottoman occupation over south Serbia, Vojvodina was ruled by the Habsburg monarchy, and the difference in the culture of north and south Serbia is quite noticeable. After WWI when the Austro-Hungarian Empire was abolished, many countries arose from its ashes, one of them being The Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The country was officially called The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes and within its territory, it held Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and most parts of Croatia and Slovenia.
When you ask people about Serbia, some of them respond with “Siberia? Oh, yes it`s really cold there.” Others, however, recite our accomplishments in sports, culture, science, landmarks and so on. People can be hesitant to visit Serbia due to its image as a country that is most of the time in a war or has political issues, but once they do come people are truly amazed. Visitors are taken aback by Serbian hospitality and kindness, where they treat every person like a family member. Serbian national cuisine and drinks are loved all over the world. In every corner of the planet when someone says the word “rakija” at least one person is going to answer “the devil water”.
Yugoslavia was an internationally known country, and its heritage is becoming more and more popular. Our Novi Sad received the titles of 2019 European Youth Capital and 2021 European Capital of Culture. When it comes to sports, our Novak Đoković made history in tennis, whereas legendary NBA player Vlade Divac and his NBA descendants Bogdan Bogdanović and Nikola Jokić are leaving Serbian prints on NBA game. The naïve artists show our colourful tradition in national attires and seasons changes in landscapes, whereas Marina Abramović carries the essence of problems in the contemporary society. Guca, Exit, Nisville bring international and share national music, while Nemanja Radulović and Slobodan Trkulja represent Serbia in and out of the Serbian borders. Nikola Tesla, Milutin Milanković and Milena Marić Einstein are science masterminds behind contemporary technology and knowledge.
Serbia has something to think about, something to calm your body and something to ease your mind. Serbia is the water for the tired mind of contemporary human being thirsty for relief.
Photo: TO Golubac
Photo: TO Novi Sad
Photo: Luka Sarac, TOS