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49 Fun Facts About Serbia You May Not Know
We all know that Serbia is a beautiful Balkan country and it is becoming more and more open to tourists as the years go on. Belgrade, the capital city, is one of the most architecturally wonderful cities you’ll visit, but what else do you need to know about Serbia as a whole?
We’re not talking about language, currency, and electricity conversions here, we’re talking about the interesting stuff, the stuff that you don’t find with a simple Google search!
If you’re hungry for more knowledge all about Serbia, you’re in luck – check out these fun facts about Serbia!
1. Serbia is one of the world’s biggest exporters of raspberries, and in the year 2012, Serbia was responsible for almost 95% of the world’s raspberries!
2. One-fifth of the ancient rulers of Rome were born on what is now Serbian soil
3. This is a Serbia fact for kids – There is a river called Year, and it is called that because it is 365 meters long!
4. Forget the Swiss clock, Serbia is the site of the clock invention, around 200 years before anywhere else
5. Gostusa is a village on Mount Stara Planina, and it is made of only natural products, such as stone and mud; yes, people do live there!
6. The Vinatovaca Rainforest is more than 350 years old and it is forbidden to touch or cut down any part of it
7. Head to the Testice River Canyon if you can’t quite afford to head to American; it looks exactly like the Colorado River Canyon!
8. Serbia is home to the largest gorge in Europe, the Derdap Gorge
9. Fancy some nightlife? Head to Belgrade; it has been voted by Lonely Planet as the city with the best nightlife on the planet!
10. The Prerasts of Vratna are situated in Serbia and are the tallest stone gates in Europe
11. A Serbia history fact you might not know – Serbia produced some of the most famous inventors, scientists, and chemists from history, including Pupin, Milankovic, Marie, and Karadzic, to name a few
12. Serbia is home to a mountain which is shaped like a pyramid – Mount Rtanj. Nobody is sure why it is this shape, but there are a few theories that it is an alien mothership which landed thousands of years in the past
13. Coffee is a bit deal in Serbia, in fact, you will find most locals drink it in abundance
14. The language of Serbia was used during the Ottoman Empire as an official language
15. The world’s first vampire? Do you think it’s Dracula? Wrong! The first vampire was Peter Blagojevic, from Serbia
16. Head to the Tisza River in June and watch the blooming of the Tisza River. It is here that the Palingenia Longicauda, an insect, will dance on the top of the water.
17. Three Serbian nationals took part in the first moon landing
18. Serbia is totally landlocked – no beach time here, sorry!
19. In 1992, Serbia actually joined forces with Montenegro as a union, but they became independence once more in 2006
20. The word ‘Serbia’ actually comes from the Greeks, and means ‘land of the Serbs’
21. There are five national parks in Serbia, and they are all beautiful
22. Serbia is small, and is actually smaller than South Carolina in the USA!
23. Serbia’s highest point is 2169 meters, and the lowest is 35 meters
24. Serbia regularly experiences earthquakes
25. An interesting Serbia fact here – for every female in Serbia, there are 0.95 men.
26. For every 100 people, Serbia has 130 mobile connections, and 40 landline connections
27. Only half of the population in Serbia use the internet
28. Most last names in Serbia end in ‘ic’
29. Serbians are amongst some of the most welcoming and hospitable people in the world. As an interesting Serbian culture fact, locals believe that they will not receive luck or favors from the Gods if they don’t treat their guests well
30. Serbia is aiming to look after the planet, and recently built the first wind powerhouse, called the Kula Wind Farm. They are aiming to reach 500 MW of wind capacity by the year 2020
31. Serbia’s official name is the Republic of Serbia
33. The Serbian Dinar is the official currency, although you’ll find many other currencies accepted, including Euros and Dollars
34. Belgrade might be considered a party capital nowadays, but throughout history, it has been an important trade crossing between east and west Europe
35. Serbia has a 30% land mass of forests
36. There are 70 different species of mammals in Serbia, including bears
37. There are many monasteries throughout Serbia, some dating back as far as the 12th century. If you’re asking ‘what is Serbia famous for?’, monasteries are certainly one thing!
38. White Angel is a famous fresco and is found in the Mileseva Monastery. This also features the first broadcast of a satellite signals between Europe to America
39. The oldest Serbian manuscript on UNESCO record is the Miroslav’s Gospel, dating back to 1180
40. The Palace of Galerius features the Gamzigrad-Romuliana complex and dates back to the late 3rd century
41. Nikola Tesla is from Serbia – or so Serbians claim. Croatia also claims him as a Croat.
42. The most expensive cheese in the world is made from donkey milk in Serbia, called Pule. It costs $576 for 1lb of cheese!
43. The Roman Empire, Constantine the Great, was born in Nis, in Serbia, in 274 AD
44. Located in Cacak you will find the Old Downtown Church. This has been turned into a mosque ten times – a record!
45. The Danube runs through Serbia and is the longest river in the country
46. You will find the Cyrillic alphabet and the Latin alphabets both used in Serbia
47. Slava is a big deal in Serbia and is the day of a feast to commemorate a patron saint
48. You will find trees bought for New Year, rather than Christmas in Serbia
49. If someone shakes your hand, it is important to make eye contact, as a good-will gesture
These Serbian facts to whet your appetite before heading off and enjoying everything this beautiful and cultural country has to offer.
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