Serbia

Serbia is located in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula, in the south-eastern part of Europe.
Serbia has a continental climate, with a gradual transition between the four seasons of the year (warm summers, with temperature up to 30°C and snowy winters, with temperature from – 5°C to 10°C).

Population: Approx. 10 million inhabitants. The majority of the population of Serbia are Serbs (66 per cent), but another 37 nationalities also live on its territory (Albanians 17 per cent, Hungarians 3,5 per cent, followed by Romanians, Croats, Bulgarians and others). All citizens have equal rights and responsibilities and enjoy full national equality.

The capital of Serbia is Belgrade (Beograd), with a population of 1,6 millions. Belgrade is the administrative, economic and cultural heart of Serbia.

The official language is Serbian and official alphabet is Cyrillic as well as Latin. In the areas inhabited by national minorities, the languages and alphabets of the minorities are in official use, as provided by law.

The main religion in Serbia is Christian Orthodox. There are also other religious communities in Serbia: Islamic, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and other.

Time: GMT + 1

Holidays-non working days:
January 1 & 2 – New Year
January 7 – first day of Orthodox Christmas
February 15 – Statehood Day of the Republic Serbia
May 1 & 2 – International Labor Day
Orthodox Easter – from Good Friday to the second day of Easter.
On non-working holidays only shops and institutions on duty are open.
Believers are entitled not to work on their religious holidays, depending on their religion.

Holidays but working days:
January 27 (St. Sava) – Spirituality Day
May 9 – Victory Day
June 28- St. Vitus Day

Credit cards:
International credit cards Visa, Master Card, Diners are accepted in the most shops, airline companies, hotels and restaurants.

Banks & Post offices:
On week days they are opened from 08.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m. On Saturdays they are opened from 08.00 a.m. to – 03.00 p.m. In Belgrade and other big cities in Serbia, some banks and post offices are opened even on Sundays.

Shops:
Alimentary shops are opened daily from 06.00 a.m. to 09.00 p.m. including Saturdays, while on Sundays they are opened from 08.00 a.m. to 02.00 p.m. Everywhere, there are stores open 24 hours a day. Markets are opened every day from 06.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m.

Medical care:
There are organized duties in hospitals and clinics round the clock. Pharmacies are opened from 08.00 a.m. to 08.00 p.m. on working days and on Saturdays from 08.00 a.m. to 03.00 p.m.

Power supply:
220 V, 50 Hz

Area codes:
Code for Serbia is +381, for Belgrade (0)11, for Novi Sad (0)21, for Niš (0)18 etc.
For the international calls from Serbia dial 99 + code of the desired country + code for the city.

Important phone numbers:
Police: 92
Fire service: 93
Medical emergency: 94

Mobile operators
064 MTS ( www.mts.telekom.yu)
063 TELENOR ( www.telenor.co.yu)

Accommodation facilities:
295 hotels, 87 motels, 344 vacation complexes, mountains lodges and other accommodation facilities. Total number of beds is 88.598 (37.234 in hotels).

More information:

  • Belgrade Travel Guide – General and travel information about museums, cultural, events, history, accommodation, restaurants, clubs and public transport.
  • Living In Belgrade – Portal provide up-to-date lists of resources, useful information and suggestions for all travelers and foreign residents of Belgrade.
  • Lonely Planet – Serbia – Facts and advice for traveling along with background material on the culture and history of the country.
  • NationMaster – Serbia and Montenegro – Provides statistics and background information on the country.
  • Serbia Tourist Guide – Presentation deals with promotion of tourist services in Serbia and important information about accommodation, culture as well as activities.
  • Serbia Tourist Guides – Include guides, prices, booking and services.
  • Telenet Group – Contains information on accommodation and online booking, tourist information about destinations.
  • The Travel Club – Site including tips and tricks on how to get there, where to stay, what to see and photography section.
  • Travel Serbia – Travel tips and information about Serbia, accommodation, places, event, weather, culture and food.
  • Travel.State.Gov – Serbia – Offers travel information including Quick Facts, embassies and consulates, entry and exit requirements, safety and security, local laws, health, transportation and Fact Sheet. From the U.S. Department of State.
  • Visit Belgrade – Official site tourist organization of Belgrade with the news, how to travel, where to stay, what to do, conventions, sightseeing and multimedia.
  • VrnjackaBanja – Tourism portal presenting resources on the spa town. Includes accommodation, pictures and videos.
  • World Travel Guide – Serbia – Tourist and business travel information with facts on climate, visa, health, passport, currency and customs requirements.
  • Belgrade With the Eyes of a Tourist – Guide to downtown, cultural attractions, parks and beaches, eating out. (October 17, 1997)
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