Hello Serbia! Здраво Србија!
Serbia is a southeastern european country (in Serbian: Republika Srbija). Serbia has a total population of around 7,200,000 people and 88,361 km2 of area. Majority population is Serbian (83%), but there are also Hungarians, Roma and Bosniaks. The majority of Serbians speaks the Serbian language (srpski jezik). The country covers the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans. Serbia is landlocked and borders Hungary to the north, Romania and Bulgaria to the east, Macedonia to the south, and Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro to the west. The capital of Serbia is Belgrade. It is one of Europe’s oldest cities and one of the largest in Southeast Europe. It has 1,6 million residents. It lies at the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers in central Serbia. Since ancient times it has been an important traffic focal point, an intersection of the roads of Eastern and Western Europe. The first settlements on Belgrade soil developed as far back as 7,000 years ago.During its long history, Belgrade has been conquered by 40 armies, and it has been rebuilt 38 times.
Serbia: Fun Facts
• Serbia is one of the largest raspberry exporter
• Europe’s largest gorge (a narrow steep-sided valley commonly eroded by running water) is the Djerdap Gorge, situated in Serbia, through which the Danube River flows.
• The Serbian clock making industry is older than the Swiss. Serbs had their own clock 600 years earlier
• Serbia is home to the world’s biggest trumpet festival. Every year, almost one million people descend on the tiny town of Guca in Western Serbia for a weeklong celebration of the best of brass, drawing both musicians and fans from around the globe.
• The Serbian language has a lot of really interesting quirky phrases that people use all the time, one being ‘ti si kornjaca!’ (korn-ya-cha), which means “You are a turtle!” Turtles are extremely rare in Serbia and it has become a standard teasing joke to call your friends a turtle when they have done something vaguely foolish. Most Serbians won’t take this badly – it’s a very mild insult and always carries an implication of affection with it.
10.2% of the Danube river, which stretches across 10 countries, passes through Serbia. It flows through the capital, Belgrade, and the second-largest city, Novi Sad. Belgrade is a city of rivers. Sava, the biggest tributary of the Danube meets Danube in Belgrade, as they continue their flow to the Black Sea basin. Sava meets Danube
The Danube in Belgrade is famous for its Boat Houses. As the name suggests, a house boat is a dwelling that floats on the water. Houseboats are popular for recreation, dining and clubbing in Serbia. They can be seen in large numbers in Belgrade on the banks of the Danube and Sava rivers, and on river islands.
Boat Houses on the banks of the Danube
Belgrade Boat Carnival
The Belgrade boat carnival celebrates the city’s two rivers, the Danube and Sava. It is a party on the river bank usually held in the beginning of July. The program includes the traditional parade of decorated boats, Jet Ski acrobats on the river, sailing boats, entertainment on the bank, Police orchestra, music concerts and carnival fireworks and more. Numerous participants take part in this event including theatre performers, artists, acrobats, street entertainers, magicians, handcrafters and carnival groups.