PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS Serbia is landlocked. Serbia is located on the Balkan Peninsula The north is covered by the Danube Plain.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS The south is more mountainous and contains three mountain ranges: the Balkans, the Rhodopes, and the Dinaric Alps. The Danube River is valuable to Serbia because it provides access to inland Europe for trade.
CULTURESerbian, a Serbo-Croatian, languageis spoken in Serbia.Approximately 84% of thepopulation are Orthodox Christians. A SerbianSerbian cuisine is a mix of Turkish, Orthodox CrossMediterranean, and CentralEuropean.
TRADITIONS & CUSTOMSA traditional Serbian dance is the kolo, a circle dance.On Christmas Eve Serbians burn an oak log on theirﬁre. This is called the Badnjak and is similar to theyule log in other cultures.
TRADITIONS & CUSTOMS The Zapis is a sacred tree in Serbia. A cross is carved into the bark of a Zapis. Church services are often held around these trees.
TRADITIONS & CUSTOMSSerbian Christians celebrate theSlava.In the Slava each family veneratestheir chosen patron saint on a feastday. Saint John
HISTORYThe ﬁrst government in Serbia was the ByzantineEmpire.It was annexed by the Ottoman Empire in 1540.Serbia became independent in 1878 following theRusso-Turkish War.
HISTORY When Austria declared war on Serbia, World War I ofﬁcially had begun. In 1941 Hitler began his attack on Serbia.The Serbian Serbia is now a republic.Coat of Arms
SERBIAN FACTSPopulation: 7,310,555 peopleGDP: $40.28 billionGDP per capita:$5,370Serbia has large sources of coal, petroleum, naturalgas, and copper.