This small Balkan state has kept its underrated attractions and quirky culture on the down-low for far too long. Its delicious cuisine, stunning hiking trails, and quirky festivals make Serbia an ideal country for a unique trip.
Here are 25 fun and interesting facts about Serbia:
#1 This country borders Hungary to the north, Croatia to the northwest, Bulgaria to the east, Romania to the northeast, Montenegro, Albania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the west, and Macedonia to the south.
#2 Serbian is the official and dominant language among other recognized and spoken languages such as Slovak, Hungarian, Croatian, Romanian, Albanian, and Rusyn.
#3 In 2017, there are 8,776,940 people living in this country.
#4 It has a total area of 88,361 square kilometers (34,116 square miles).
#5 The currency of the country is the Serbian Dinar.
#6 Belgrade (or Beograd), the capital of the country, is one of the largest cities in Southeast Europe. Before becoming the Roman settlement known as Singidunum, Belgrade was first settled in the third century BC by the Celts. It is also known to have the best nightlife in the world. Other major cities in this beautiful Balkan country are – Nis, Novi Sad, and Kragujevac.
#7 This country is traditionally Christian Orthodox, but there are also other religious communities, such as – Roman Catholic, Islamic, Jewish, Protestant, and others.
#8 Kalemegdan Citadel in Belgrade provides an incredible panorama of the confluence of the Danube river and Sava. Furthermore, Kalemegdan park is home to a few museums and galleries, sports courts, restaurants, and the Belgrade Zoo.
#9 The life expectancy in the country is 76 years.
#10 The international dialing code for the country is +381.
#11 The GDP value of Serbia represents 0.06 percent of the world economy and was worth in 2015 37.16 billion US dollars.
#12 18 Roman emperors were born on this land, which accounts for a 1/5 of all total Roman emperors. For instance, in 274 AD, the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, was born in the Serbian city of Nis.
#13 World War I began when Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist in 1914. This led to Austria’s declaration of war against this country. During the World War I, it lost more than 20 percent of its population.
#14 The Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade, dedicated to the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church, is the largest Orthodox Church currently in use. Every day, its magnificent bell towers with almost 50 bells announce noon.
#15 Midzor peak of the Balkan Mountains (close to Bulgarian border) at 7,116 feet (2,169 meters) is the highest peak in this country. Moreover, this massif is very rich, with mountain rivers, streams, and water springs.
#16 Serbs gave the world one of the most renowned inventors in history – Nikola Tesla. He discovered the basis of most AC machinery (the rotating magnetic field) and contributed to the development of a system that’s widely used today – the alternating-current electrical system.
#17 The Djerdap National Park is a picturesque European nature reserve that covers 64,000 hectares and stretches more than 100 kilometers along the Danube River. The main trait of the Djerdap National Park is the Djerdap Gorge, better known as the Iron Gate, that has one of the deepest river points found in the world at over eighty meters.
#18 The majority of the country’s rivers drain to the Black Sea, by way of the Danube river.
#19 Born in Belgrade, Novak Djokovic took over the world’s No. 1 ranking in 2011 and won his first of multiple Grand Slam championships in 2008. Novak Djokovic also won 12 Grand Slam singles titles to this day (2017).
#20 Another famous person in his country is Ivo Andric, a poet, novelist, and short-story writer. He received the esteemed Nobel Prize award for literature in 1961.
#21 Economically this country depends mainly on its agriculture production. It is the largest exporter of raspberry in the world, especially grown in the areas of Arilje in Sumadija. Almost 30 percent of raspberries sold in the world originate from this country. Additionally, it is one of the largest exporters of prunes and plums.
#22 The first ever vampire was not Count Dracula but Petar Blagojevich (died in 1725) who is believed to have killed 9 of his fellow villagers.
#23 One of Belgrade’s most mysterious spots are the Tasmajdan caves, first excavated in Roman times, which are currently hidden deep below Belgrade’s Tasmajdan park.
#24 Fantast castle, also know as the Dundjerski castle, is built by Bogdan Dunđerski in 1919 to prove that he was not broke as had been reported.
#25 Serbian fresco – The White Angel – is one of the best-known frescoes in Serbian culture, and it was the first picture ever sent using a video transmission between Europe and North America.