Quick Facts

  • Republic of Serbia (long name)
  • Gained independence from Serbia and Montenegro on June 5, 2006
  • Location:  southeastern Europe, between Macedonia and Hungary
  • Area:  34,116 sq. miles – slightly smaller than the state of South Carolina
  • Population – 7,243,007 (July 2013)
  • Capital:  Belgrade
  • Climate – continental with cold winters and hot summer
  • Terrain:  to the north rich fertile plains; to the east limestone ranges and basins; to the southeast mountains and hills
  • Natural hazards:  destructive earthquakes
  • Nationality:  Serbs
  • Ethnic groups:  Serb 82.9%, Hungarians 3.9%, other
  • Official language – Serbian
  • Religions :   Serbian Orthodox 85%, Catholic 5.5% other
  • Literacy  rate – 97.9% over the age of 15 can read and write
  • Economy:  The economy relies on manufacturing and exports driven largely by foreign investments.  Factors favorable to Serbian economic growth includes a strategic location, a relatively inexpensive and skilled labor force and free trade agreements with the EU, Russia, Turkey and countries that are members of the Central European Free Trade Agreement.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com


Government in Power

President – Tomislov Nikolic – elected by direct vote for 5 yr. terms

Prime Minister – Ivica Dacic – elected by the National Assembly


Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy:  74.79 yrs
  • Physician density ratio – 2.04/1000
  • Hospital bed density – 5.4/1000
  • Health expenditures – 10.4% GDP
  • Maternal mortality rate – 12/100000
  • Infant mortality rate – 6.28/1000
  • Infectious disease risk – intermediate
  • Food or waterborne diseases:  bacterial diarrhea
  • Vectorborne diseases:  Cimean Congo hemorrhagic fever
  • Infectious disease Updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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