In this post, we’ll talk about a beautiful country in the Balkans, Europe called Serbia. We’ll learn about Serbia’s people, Serbia’s language, Serbia’s religion, Serbia’s map, and we’ll be checking if Serbia is a country or a city, if Serbia is safe to visit, what to do in Serbia while you are there, sightseeing places to visit in Serbia!
Balkans is a very beautiful region but known as Europe’s dysfunctional family. The Balkan countries have rich history, stunning beaches, amazing food, while each country has something unique to offer which makes visitors wanting to explore the whole region when traveling there.
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In this post, we’ll briefly introduce the historic country of Serbia.
Recent history of Serbia
Winston Churchill, Britain’s former prime minister once said: “Balkans generate more history than it can locally consume.”
In recent history, Serbia joined Montenegro to defeat the Ottoman empire which was successful and resulted in a united country called Yugoslavia. After WW II, other Balkan nations joined and made Yugoslavia a large country, made up of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and Kosovo (not fully recognized yet).
After a few years, all of those Balkans nations started fighting for independence and turned their heads away from Yugoslavia towards Western countries which eventually happened for Serbia as well on June 5, 2006, when Serbia gained independence from Yugoslavia and started westernizing its structure. Serbia has applied for EU membership since 2009 and it’s expected to join the EU zone by 2025.
People in Serbia
More than %83 of residents in Serbia are Serbian and the rest are a combination of former Yugoslavia’s former members (Hungarians, Romanians, Bosniaks, Croats, and Slovaks)
In the Balkans, all of the countries speak the same language, with slightly different dialects and slang that’s unique for each country, but some people still prefer to name their dialect after their countries and make it like a totally different language like Serbian language, Bosnian language, or Croatian language!
There are some cliches about Balkans people such as, “Serbians hate Turks!” (because of the Ottoman empire) or “Croatians hate Bosnians!” that is completely wrong, because everyone’s too busy thinking about the future, than being stuck in the past!
What to do in Serbia
Belgrade, the capital of Serbia
Belgrade is the capital and most populated city of the Republic of Serbia and the economic, cultural, and educational center of Serbia. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe. If you want to get an abstract introduction to the past and the future of the Balkans, Belgrade is calling you!
Uvac Special Nature Reserve in Serbia
Uvac Special Nature Reserve is a nature reserve located in the area of southwestern Serbia. It is rich in wildlife species and offers incredibly beautiful scenery!
Nikola Tesla Museum in Serbia
Nikola Tesla Museum is where Nikola Tesla, the famous Serbian-American inventor rests after his death.
The museum has a permanent exhibition, and one part is dedicated to the life and work of Nikola Tesla. In the other part, it presents the development of the science of electricity and magnetism. The most interesting part is the authentic documentation and working models of Tesla’s inventions.
Tesla, Inc.the Vehicle manufacturer, that’s owend by Elon Mosk and was founded in 2003, is named after Nikola Tesla, in honor of his intelligence and innovations.