Moving to Serbia
Serbia is known to have a high Human Development Index, which means that the quality of life for residents in the country is favorable and more than satisfactory. The majority of the people moving to Serbia are Hungarians, followed by Romanis. Those who are planning to relocate in Serbia would do well to learn the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets, are these are widely used in the country.
Serbia may be a newly founded nation but has a long-standing history. Overshadowing its turbulent past is an emerging economy recognized by The International Monetary Fund.
Even the World Bank has distinctly classified Serbia as an upper-middle income economy. Officially called the Republic of Serbia, it used to be one of the republics within the defunct Socialist Yugoslavia. For three short years (2003-2006), it was known as "Serbia and Montenegro" However, the union with Montenegro was broken in 2006. Today, Serbia is an independent country. Its capital city is Belgrade. Serbia continues to be a member of the United Nations, The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe, and the Central European Free Trade Agreement. More so, Serbia is sharing the limelight with some of the premier cities in Europe as a new expat destination.
Although the unemployment rate is high, Serbia's recent economic growth rates, which averaged 6.6% in the last three years, shows an upward trend, and it is becoming an economic force in Europe. Even foreign analysts have labeled Serbia as the "Balkan Tiger." Serbia is the only European country outside the former Soviet Union to have free trade agreements with the Russian Federation and Belarus, and with its plans to solidify economic agreements with Turkey and Iran, it will not be long before this new republic will benefit in bridging the East and the West.
Geography and Climate
Serbia is sandwiched between Central and Southern Europe in the Balkan Peninsula and the Pannonian Plain. Its northeast section is part of the vast, fertile Danubian Plain drained by the Danube, Tisa, Sava, and Morava river systems. It is landlocked by Croatia on the northwest, Hungary on the north, Romania on the northeast, Bulgaria on the east, Macedonia on the south, and Albania, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the west. The north of Serbia has cold winters and hot, humid summers while the south experiences hot, dry summers and heavy snowfall in the winter.
Getting a Visa
Foreign nationals visiting Serbia must present a valid passport, a letter of invitation (verified by the competent Serbian authority), which can be an invitation by a company for business purposes, a receipt or authorized tourist company certifying that the travel arrangement has been fully paid, a return ticket, proof of sufficient funds in hard currency and a certificate that a health provider shall cover the medical costs while in Serbia.
Serbia's population of 7,209,764 as of January 2015 has found a home in its 150 municipalities and 24 cities. The city makes up the basic units of local self-government. Ethnic Serbs, or those who declared themselves as Serbs, comprise the largest ethnic group in Serbia, representing 83% of the total population in the territory of Central Serbia and Vojvodina. Hungarians hold the second largest ethnic group, representing 14.3% of the population in Vojvodina and the rest are minority groups that include Bosniaks, Roma, Albanians, Croats, Montenegrins, Slovaks, Vlachs, and Romanians. Serbian is the official language. Be forewarned that Serbian, overrun with grammar rules, is a difficult language to learn. However, English is well spoken, especially by the younger generation. As one of the most diverse countries in Europe, religion is also a mix of Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and other religious denominations, but Orthodox Christian remains the dominant religion. Customs and manners are crucial in the Serbian culture. Locals are passionate about team sports from football and basketball to water polo and volleyball.
Join one of the cruises on the Danube River and you know that this land, despite its poignant past, is determined in building an economic stronghold in Europe.
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