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Serbia is not in Russia!!!!!!

10 Jan

It is really sad that so many people have no idea about this great little country in the Balkans! Many of my friends back home thought I was going or am living in SIBERIA!!! They are spelled similarly  but are veryyyyyyy different! Siberia is located in Russia. Serbia is a beautiful country located in the Balkans. The world wide media has destroyed the good name of Serbia and its people. Many of those that have heard of this little country only hear the negative propaganda like “serbs are cannibals” “serbs hate everyone that isnt serb” “serbs commit genocide on a daily basis” “serbs are terrorists” or you hear only about Slobadan Milosevic, Ratko Mladic etc…. the REAL side of Serbia and its people do not get broadcast in the mainstream media!!!

Here are some interesting facts and figures on Serbia…..

  • 34,136 sq mi or about the size of Indiana
  • population .. approx- 8 million
  • capital and largest city is Belgrade with 2.5 million people
  • located on the almost the same longitude as Chicago, IL so it has all four seasons
  • #1 exporter of raspberries in the world
  • “heart” of the former country of Yugoslavia
  • located north or Greece, West of Bulgaria, South of Hungary and East of Bosnia in the Balkans.
  • currency is the dinar… current exchange rate $1=79 dinars.. it pronounced like “deener”
  • was controlled by the turks for 500 years
  • has been ruled by kings , communism for 40 years and now a democracy
  • 85% of the population is Orthodox Christian
  • it has two autonomous regions… Kosovo and Vojvodina
  • Kosovo is the heart of Serbia and its Orthodox religion but is recognized as an independent country by many but not me
  • Vojvodina is the northernmost region and is nicknamed “land of 26 nations” because it has many immigrants living there
  • NATO went on a 3 month bombing mission over Serbia…starting in the spring of 1999
  • birthplace of scientific genius Nikola Tesla (actually he was born in modern day Croatia but he is a Serb)
  • very athletic country .. home of 4 time world champion water polo team and European swimming champion and volley ball champions.
  • birthplace of NBA legend Vlade Divac and over 25 NBA players
  • home of #1 tennis player Novak Djokovic
  • only country in the world to celebrate SLAVA (explain in later)
  • make a fantastic homemade brandy called rakija out of fresh fruits like plum, apricot, peach, apple… it is very strong
  • one of the few countries that has 2 Christmas celebrations (dec 25th and Jan 7th) and 2 new years celebrations (Jan 1 and Jan 14th) this is due to the use of a different calendar.
  • home of YUGO automobile… no longer in operation
  • English is required in primary school and the majority of population under 30 speak fluent English
  • all high schools are specialized toward your college major or occupation. they take testing after 8th grade and make a “wish list” of their career occupations and based on their results , are placed into whatever high school they qualify for…. exp… medical, economic, agriculture, music…..
  • two alphabets.. one is latin and the other cyrillic. Cyrillic is the official alphabet and all legal and govt papers are in cyrillic
  • has hills, fertile soil in the north, beautiful landscapes and has the Danube river run through it
  • borders 8 countries .. 9 including Kosovo
  • free medical care
  • has a high unemployment rate… around 25% compared to 9% in the USA
  • has a GDP of $79 billion dollars compared to USA-$14.5 trillion
  • per capita income approx $7,000 USD compared to $49,000 USA
  • beautiful women, awesome food, friendly and hospitable people that will welcome anyone into their home!
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23 responses to “Serbia is not in Russia!!!!!!

  1. Никола

    January 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    2 remarks only:

    1. Nikola Tesla was Serb by nationality but was born in nowadays Croatia, Krajina region (before the 1995 genocide predominantly populated by Serbs).

    2. Not all Serbian citizens celebrate Christmas. Orthodox Serbs celebrate Christmas on January 7, while Catholics (Croats, Hungarians, and others living in Serbia) celebrate it on Dec 25th. This is due to the fact the Serbian Orthodox Church counts time according to the Julian calendar, while the Catholic Church takes the Gregorian calendar (which is recognized by the entire world as the one and official calendar). Hence this two-week difference. As for the New Year, we celebrate it twice, both the international new year and ours :).

    cheers
    Nikola Galic

     
    • cather76

      January 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      thanks my friend… yeah, i am aware of the calendar issues and know that Serbs dont celebrate the 25th but it is cool that their are two of them….i get so much heat when I dont mention Tesla.. i heard he was born in Croatia but consider him a Serb… thanks for reading and your comments!!

       
  2. Marina

    January 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for all the nice words about Serbia, but, just for the sake of thruth, Nikola Tesla was born in Smiljan, than Austro-Hungaria, now Croatia, where his father served as an orthodox clergyman.

     
    • cather76

      January 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      hi there.. hvala puno for reading!!! yeah, i knew he was born there but i get so much crap from Serbs when I mention that and don’t call him a Serb.. ahhahaha… thanks again!

       
  3. Toni Kuzmanovski

    January 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    One mistake Charles. Nikola Tesla was born in Smiljan, than Austrian Empire, today that is in Croatia. But he was Serbian. 🙂

     
  4. Toni Kuzmanovski

    January 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Now i see that Marina already told you that 🙂

     
  5. Toni Kuzmanovski

    January 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Now i see that Nikola told you the same thing 🙂

     
    • cather76

      January 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      hi there… hahahahah.. nema problema… i changed it since so many of you messaged me… thanks a million and thanks for reading!!!

       
  6. cccc

    January 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    borders 8 country, not 9 🙂

     
    • cather76

      January 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Respect, brotha… thanks for reading!

       
  7. Milos

    January 11, 2012 at 3:21 am

    We were the 5 time FIBA World Champions in basketball, and no other country did that.

    You could have said more about our history, we exist for more than a millennium.

    And it would be 8 countries even if we counted Kosovo cause than we wouldn’t border Albania. 🙂

     
    • cather76

      January 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      hey there… thanks for reading and thanks for the info.. that is impressive!!! RESPECT

       
  8. hepek

    January 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    “Vojvodina is the northernmost region and is nicknamed “land of 26 nations” because it has many immigrants living there”

    Borders changed a lot in the Balkans, so who considered immigrant is hard to decide for any single geographical region.

     
    • cather76

      January 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      hi there… thanks for reading my blog.. i have had a couple people mention that remark.. is it offensive ?? i promise I will change it if it is… i just needed a short way to say it.. .if you think some will offended… please tell me and I will redo it… thanks a lot..

       
  9. Natasa

    January 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Hahaha that was really one good explanation and I just loved it! I am Serbian and have lived in Sweden for 23 years, and I am often also forced to teach geography to my swedish friends. Many of them don´t know anything about Serbia but bad things as: war, bombing etc.
    Anyhow just want to say KEEP GOING BROTHER! Love U :*

     
    • cather76

      January 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      awwwwwwwww.. hvala puno, sestro… ;)… thanks for reading…

       
  10. Wiseguy

    January 15, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Charlie we even beat the USA in Indianapolis 2002 World Championship
    😀

     
  11. DLCS Management

    January 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I’m still trying to explain people that Slovenia and Croatia are not in eastern but in Central Europe. When I tell (probably the same people) that I’m from The Netherlands, they ask me Wow, is that in Amsterdam? I have to admit, those are usually Americans and I also don’t know their states.

    I’ve been to Croatia, Slovenia, Crna Gora and ofcourse that tiny piece of Bosna at the sea, but not yet to Serbia. For sure I’ll love it.

     
    • cather76

      January 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      haahahha.. i know what you mean… thanks for reading!!!! if you come to Serbia soon, let me know!!!

       
  12. DLCS Management

    January 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    raspberries, really? Cool!

     
    • cather76

      January 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      yeah… i didnt know it either!!! Serbia produces 1/3 of the worlds total!

       
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  14. Karl Oliver

    October 15, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Funny you should say this. I mentioned Serbian person in YouTube comment and someone brought up Russia and the cold war.

    Customs on the Serbian/Bulgarian border not so nice towards me.

     

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