Serbia

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Introduction

Serbia (Република Србија, Republika Srbija) is part of the Balkan peninsula. The Country is a symbol of rebellion and resistance. Despite a troubled past, Serbia can boast a very rich tourist offer.

 

Capital

Belgrade (1.576.124 in 2002)

Surface

88.361 km²

Population

10.150.265

Density

106,34/km²

Currency

Serbian dinar
1 Euro = 98.52 Serbian dinar
1 Serbian dinar = 0.011 Euro

Time zone

UTC +1

Language

Serbian, Albanian, English

Religion

Orthodox, Muslim.

Entry requirements

Passport is required for European citizens of the Member States. Visa for tourist purposes and for a stay up to 90 days is not necessary. Most of European driving licenses are accepted. The Green Card is necessary.

Travelling with pets

Small sized pets like cats, dogs and ferrets must travel with animal passport (in force since 2004) and have an identification microchip or tattoo. Also, they must be vaccinated against rabies.

Health and safety

Both private and public health structures are generally below the minimum European standards, and some medicaments may not be easily available. No vaccination is required. General safety is still unsteady. Avoid places like Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, and be careful when travelling in southern Serbia and on the borders.

Climate

Serbia is characterised by a Mediterranean climate, affected by the presence of the Dinaric Alps in the south and west part of the Country. Summers are hot and dry, while winters are cold and snowy. The northern part is characterised by a continental climate.

Form of government

Semi presidential republic.

Economy

Serbian economy is in full development, thanks to numerous foreign investments. The primary sector employs 3% of the workforce. The main cultivations are cereals (corn, wheat), potatoes and beetroots. Wine production is widely practiced. The tertiary sector represents one third of the per capita income. The main industrial sectors are food processing, mechanical and manufacture. 70% of the workforce is employed in the tertiary sector, led by tourism.

Electricity

Voltage: 220 V, frequency 50 Hz. Both European two-poles plugs and German plugs are used. It is advisable to bring a plug adapter.

Posts, banks and telephone

Post offices are open Monday to Friday from 7.00 am to 19 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 15 pm. Banks are open from 7 am to 19 pm Monday to Friday. Mobile phone coverage is good.
Country code: 00381
Useful numbers:
International info: 901
Police: 92
Firemen: 93
First aid: 94