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Full country name: Republic of Serbia 
Area: 88,361 sq km
Population: 9,78 milion
Capital City: Belgrade 
Language: Serbian (official) 90.1%, Hungarian 3.8%, Romany (Gypsy) 1.1%, Other 4.1% (note that Romanian, Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian and Croatian are all official in Vojvodina)
Religion: Orthodox Christian 84%, Muslim 3%, Roman Catholic 5%, Protestant 1%, Other 7%
Government: parliamentary democracy 
Time Zone: UTC +1 
Dialling Code: +381
Electricity: 230V/50 Hz (European plug) 
Weights & measures: Metric system

Money & Costs: 
Currency: Serbian Dinar (RSD) 
Average yearly salary: USD 4,800

Budget: $3-7
Mid-range: $12-25
High: $30+
Budget: $10-30
Mid-range: $30-80
High: $80+

Geography: Extremely varied: to the north, rich fertile plains; to the east, limestone ranges and basins; to the southeast, ancient mountains and hills. Although the region around the town of Mionica has been known for some earthquakes in recent years, these were by no means destructive. The highest point is Đeravica at 2656 m.

Climate: In the north: continental climate (cold winters and hot, humid summers with well distributed rainfall); central portion: moderate continental climate; and to the south: hot, dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall.

Social conventions: When you are invited into a Serbian home, make sure to bring them a gift if you are coming for the first time. Anything is fine from flowers to chocolate or alcoholic drinks and indeed something representative from your country. If you are bringing flowers, make sure you bring an odd number of them, as an even number is usually brought to funerals. When inside the house, don't ask for anything for they will surely offer it. If you are thirsty it is polite to ask for a glass of water. The host probably forgot to offer you a drink and will do so.

In public transportation it is considered polite to offer an elderly person or a pregnant woman a place to sit. Make sure to wait for everyone to exit the vehicle before you enter, as to avoid dirty looks.

Health: In case of any medical emergencies you should dial 194 and call the Emergency Ambulance service. All foreigners have the right to receive help. The ones coming from the country Serbia has signed a special health insurance treaty with can have it for free, others have to pay on the spot.

Many people come to Serbia to primarily have a medical procedure done and visit the country along the way. They become a part of the medical tourism. It is well developed business. There are even medical tourism agencies that offer complete services from transfers, booking accommodation to organizing city tours.

Food & Drink: Serbian cuisine is largely heterogeneous, sharing characteristics of the Balkans (especially former Yugoslavia), the Mediterranean (Greek in particular), Turkish, and Central European (especially Austrian and Hungarian) cuisines. Food is very important in Serbian social life, particularly during religious holidays such as Christmas, Easter and feast days i.e. slava.

Staples of the Serbian diet include bread, meat, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Bread is the basis of all Serbian meals, and it plays an important role in Serbian cuisine and can be found in religious rituals. A traditional Serbian welcome is to offer bread and salt to guests. Meat is widely consumed, as is fish. Serbian specialties include ćevapčići (caseless sausages made of minced meat, which is always grilled and seasoned), pljeskavica, sarma, kajmak (a dairy product similar to clotted cream), gibanica (cheese and kajmak pie), ajvar (a roasted red pepper spread), proja (cornbread), and kačamak (corn-flour porridge).

Serbians claim their country as the birthplace of rakia (rakija), a highly alcoholic drink primarily distilled from fruit. Rakia in various forms is found throughout the Balkans, notably in Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Hungary and Turkey. Slivovitz (šljivovica), a plum brandy, is a type of rakia which is considered the national drink of Serbia.

Public Holidays: 
Jan 1-2 New Year's Day 
Jan 7 Eastern Orthodox Christmas
Feb 15-16 Statehood day of the Republic of Serbia
Varies between Mar & Apr Orthodox Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Day, Easter Monday
May 1-2 Labor holiday
Nov 11 Armistice Day

Note: If any of the non-religious holidays falls on a Sunday, then it extends to the next working day.

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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