Serbia Travel Overview

Serbia Travel Overview

GENERAL

Official name of the state

Republic of Serbia.

Capital

Belgrade (Beograd).

Geography

According to topschoolsintheusa, Serbia is located on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. The country borders in the north on Hungary, in the north-east on Romania, in the south-east on Bulgaria, in the south on Kosovo and Macedonia, in the south-west on Montenegro, in the west on Bosnia-Herzegovina and in the north-west on Croatia.

The landscape of Serbia is characterized in the north by the fertile plains of the Danube Valley and in the southern part by several low mountain ranges that connect the Dinaric Mountains in the west and the Balkan Mountains in the east. Scenic features are the steppe landscape in the Deliblatska Reserve, the national parks, the mountain forests and the Tara Mountains. Belgrade, the capital, lies on the Danube.

Government

Parliamentary democracy. Constitution of 2006. Unicameral Parliament (Narodna Skupstina) with 250 members. Serbia has been a candidate to join the EU since 2012.

Head of state

Tomislav Nikolic, since May 2012.

Head of government

Aleksandar Vucic, since April 2014.

Electricity

220 V, 50 Hz.

Time zone

Central European Time: CET +2 (CET +3 from March 26 to October 29, 2017)

Serbia Travel Overview

LANGUAGE

Overview

The official language is Serbian. Minority languages such as Hungarian (Vojvodina) and other Slavic languages are also spoken.

ECONOMY

Opening hours

Business hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Economy

Commercial Department of the Embassy of Serbia
Taubertstrasse 18, D-14193 Berlin
Tel: (030) 895 77 00.
Internet: http://berlin.mfa.gov.rs/

Commercial Department of the Embassy of Serbia
Rennweg 3, A-1030 Vienna
Tel: (01) 713 25 95.

Chamber of Commerce Switzerland-Central Europe (SEC)
Wiesenstrasse 10, PO Box 1073, CH-8032 Zurich
Tel: (044) 620 66 83.
Internet: www.swisscham.ch

Belgrade Chamber of Economy
Kneza Milosa 12, CS- 11000 Belgrade
tel: (011) 264 13 55.
Internet: www.kombeg.org.yu/eindex.htm

Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA)
Vlajkoviceva 3 / V, CS-11000 Belgrade
Tel: (011) 339 85 50.
Internet: www.siepa.sr.gov.yu

Business contacts

Commercial Department of the Embassy of Serbia
Taubertstrasse 18, D-14193 Berlin
Tel: (030) 895 77 00.
Internet: http://berlin.mfa.gov.rs/

Commercial Department of the Embassy of Serbia
Rennweg 3, A-1030 Vienna
Tel: (01) 713 25 95.

Chamber of Commerce Switzerland-Central Europe (SEC)
Wiesenstrasse 10, PO Box 1073, CH-8032 Zurich
Tel: (044) 620 66 83.
Internet: www.swisscham.ch

Belgrade Chamber of Economy
Kneza Milosa 12, CS- 11000 Belgrade
tel: (011) 264 13 55.
Internet: www.kombeg.org.yu/eindex.htm

Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA)
Vlajkoviceva 3 / V, CS-11000 Belgrade
Tel: (011) 339 85 50.
Internet: www.siepa.sr.gov.yu

COMMUNICATION

Phone

The country code is 00381. Halo cards for public telephones (Halo govornice) are available from post offices, shops and kiosks. Public telephones work almost exclusively with calling cards, international calls are much cheaper with Halo Plus Cards.

Cellphone

GSM 900/1800. Telenor (GSM 900/1800, Internet: www.promonte.com) is one of the cell phone companies.
There are international roaming agreements with German, Austrian and Swiss providers. The network coverage is good almost nationwide.

Internet

Providers include InfoSky (Internet: www.infosky.net) and BeoTelNet (Internet: www.beotel.net).
Internet cafes can be found in the big cities. Mobile surfing on the Internet is made possible by the chargeable Wi-Fi hotspots from Goodspeed (Internet: goodspeed.io/de/index.html) and the free Wi-Fi hotspots at Nestlé ice cream stands in Belgrade.
Post Office

Airmail to Western Europe takes about one to two weeks. Postage stamps are sold in bookstores.

Radio

Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: www.dw-world.de) to request.

CULTURE

Religion

Mainly Serbian Orthodox (85%); Roman Catholic (5.5%) (mainly in Vojvodina Province), Protestant and Muslim minority.

Social rules of conduct

Tipping: In hotels, restaurants and taxis, a tip of 5% to a maximum of 10% is only given if the service is good. It is not compulsory to give tips. It is gladly seen when the customer rounds the price up.

Smoking: Gastronomy facilities that are larger than 80 m 2 must offer a separate smoking room. In smaller restaurants, the landlord decides whether smoking is permitted or not. Smoking is prohibited in public spaces such as schools, hospitals, sports facilities and shopping centers.

CLIMATE

Best travel time

In Serbia there is a moderate continental climate, the southwestern part of the country borders on subtropical and continental climates. The summers are pleasantly warm, the winters moderately cold with temperatures from -5 to 10 ° C. The warmest month is July, the coldest January. In Serbia, the Košava, a cold wind from east to south-east, occurs particularly in autumn and winter. The winter sports season in the mountains begins in December and ends in March.

COUNTRY DATA

Area code +381 Area (sq km) 77 474 Population 7176794 Population density (per sq km) 93 Population in 2015 Member of the EU No main emergency number 194