A little known fact is that Serbia is the largest raspberry exporter, accounting for one third of all the raspberries in the world. Around 95 percent of the world’s top quality raspberries come from Serbia.
Did you also know that Einstein’s wife who was herself a scientist like her husband, was a Serb.
Serbia is a landlocked country which has borders with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Albania and Kosovo.
Serbia became a stand alone Sovereign Republic in 2006 after Montenegro voted in a referendum for independence from the Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The current President of Serbia is Aleksandar Vučić, who was elected in 2017, the term of the Presidency is 5 years.
Serbia became a candidate for EU accession in early 2012. Serbia refuses to recognise Kosovo’s independence, but normalised ties with its former province in 2013 when a deal was brokered by the EU between Belgrade and Pristina. However, Serbia insists that the normalisation agreement – which grants a high degree of autonomy to Serb-majority areas in northern Kosovo – does not mean that it has recognised its former province’s independence.
At a glance facts
- Language – Serbian
- Population – 8,762,027 (2018)
- International Dialling Code 381
- Time Serbia is one hour ahead of the UK