General Info About Serbia

General Info About Serbia

Autonomous province: Vojvodina
Area:  88,361 sq. km
Position: Serbia is located in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula, in the south-eastern part of Europe.
Climate: Temperate continental climate, with a gradual transition between the four seasons of the year (warm summers, with temperature up to 35°C  and snowy winters, with temperature from – 10°C to 10°C).
Population: Approx. 10 million. The majority of the population of Serbia are Serbs (66 per cent), but a further 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.
Capital: Belgrade (Beograd), with a population of 1,8 million, is the administrative, economic and cultural heart of Serbia.
Language: 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.
Religion: 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
Currency: The monetary unit is the Dinar (CSD) – 1 Dinar = 100 Para
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.
Banks & Post offices: On week days they are open from 08.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m. On
Saturdays they are open from 08.00 a.m. to – 03.00 p.m. In Belgrade and other big cities in Serbia, some banks and post offices are open even on Sundays.
Medical care: There are organised 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 international calls from Serbia dial + or 00 + code of the desired country + code for the city.