Travel to Serbia
Serbia has a lot to offer. Here you will find beautiful nature and impressive old fortresses and churches. The country is also a land of contrasts with everything from poverty and decay to pure idyll and a youthful party culture. In modern times, the country has been ravaged by war, but today the people of Serbia live a secure life without violence and attacks. Experience Serbian songs full of longing and languorous violins, enjoy the Serbian cuisine that offers high quality ingredients, locally produced wines and brandy, delicious cheeses, freshly harvested peppers and cabbage – and lots of grilled meat.
Population: 7.2 million
Einstein taught at the University of Novi Sad, where he lived with his Serbian wife?
NATO accidentally bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in 1999?
The Danube crosses Serbia on its way out to the Black Sea and is joined by the great rivers Sava, Morava and Tisa with tributaries. South of the Danube, the Serbian landscape changes character and slides into a hilly landscape and even further south into mountains. The highest mountains are on the border with Montenegro and Macedonia. Morava’s distinctive river valley divides the mountain landscape in two and forms an important traffic corridor, and along the Danube are the major industrial cities.
According to top-medical-schools, the independent state of Serbia was formed in 1159 when Serbian ethnic groups were united, and for a time Northern Greece and Bulgaria also belonged to Serbia. In the 14th century, the Ottomans conquered the country and then stayed there for 500 years, after which Serbia became independent in 1878. In 1912-13, Serbia participated in the Balkan War against the Ottoman Empire, but there were tensions between Serbia and Austria-Hungary. In 1914, a Serbian student assassinated the Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne in Sarajevo, which marked the beginning of the First World War. In 1918, Serbia became the core of the newly formed kingdom with a mixture of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and after World War II, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was formed with Tito at the helm. Throughout the 1980s, conflicts between the various republics escalated. Slovenia and Croatia invoked independence and a war broke out in the early 1990s. Serbia’s then-president Slobodan Milosevic wanted Serbian dominance in connection with the dissolution of Yugoslavia, and a violent civil war escalated and lasted until 1990 when NATO forces bombed Serbia. Since then, political instability and disagreement have plagued the Serbian Republic. Today, the government is friendly to the EU and has begun to approach the outside world.
Belgrade was the capital of the former Yugoslavia and is today the capital of the Serbian Republic. The city is located where the Sava River empties into the Danube, with a strategically important location that has led to some fighting in the area over the years. Therefore, the buildings in the city are at most a few hundred years old. At the highest point in the inner part of the city is St. The Sava Cathedral, which is the largest of its kind in the Orthodox world, with 70 meters to the top of the dome and space for almost 11,000 visitors. In the mausoleum of the House of Flowers, the late President of Yugoslavia, Tito, is buried. At the northern tip of the old town is the well-preserved fortress Kalemegdan, which was built in the 18th century. The fortress is surrounded by an impressive park with a rich folk life. Belgrade has been attacked or destroyed at least 20 times by, among others, Roma, Ottomans,
Novi Sad is Serbia’s second largest city with around 240,000 inhabitants. The city was founded in 1964 and gained 1748 status as a sanctuary. The increasing trade and concentration of, above all, Serbian culture made the city referred to as Serbia’s Athens, and before the First World War, the city was the cultural center of the Serbs. Today, Novi Sad is still an important cultural city with an Orthodox episcopal see. The city’s architecture has been under Austro-Hungarian influence. Along the winding streets are small shops and galleries and in the city parks you can listen to music.
Below you will find a number of practical information in connection with trips to Serbia.
- Language: Serbian
- Capital: Belgrade
- Population: 7, 2 mill.
- Religion: Serbian Orthodox
- Currency: Serbian Dinar (RSD)
- Surface: 88 360 km2
There is no time difference between Sweden and Serbia.
Transport in Serbia
Belgrade has a well-developed infrastructure with buses, trains and trams.
The price level in Serbia is extremely reasonable and significantly lower than in Sweden. It is possible to get a good meal for around SEK 60, but of course there are all price ranges.
Currency and credit cards
Serbia’s official currency is the dinar. It is possible to exchange foreign currency such as euros and US dollars. You can use international credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and more.
In restaurants and in bars and taxis, they are usually rounded up by about 10-15 percent.
Serbia has a 220 volt voltage and the sockets are of the same European standard as in Sweden.
Telephone and internet
Serbia’s international country code is +381. It is expensive to call home, so you may ask your mobile operator about coverage and price for calls from Serbia. There are many internet cafes in the larger cities.
Drinking water and hygiene
Bottled water is recommended. Hygiene can vary from place to place, so feel free to bring your own wet wipes and possibly. hand disinfection.
There are no official rules regarding smoking.
Customs and traditions
The Serbs are modern and hospitable and there are no special guidelines for dress and behavior. When visiting churches and monasteries, however, you should not only wear legs, and must not wear a hat or cap.
Climate and weather Serbia
Here you can read about the weather in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.
Serbia has a mainland climate with mild to hot summers and cold winters.