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  1. 1. Serbia <ul><li>By Connor Robertson </li></ul>
  2. 2. Physical Characteristics <ul><li>Serbia is landlocked. The closest sea is the Adriatic Sea. </li></ul><ul><li>Serbia is located on the Balkan Peninsula </li></ul><ul><li>The north is covered by the Danube Plain. This plain is fertile and good for farming. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Physical Characteristics <ul><li>The south is more mountainous and contains three mountain ranges: the Balkans, the Rhodopes, and the Dinaric Alps. </li></ul><ul><li>The Danube River is valuable to Serbia because it provides access to inland Europe for trade. Because Serbia is landlocked the Danube is Serbia’s most valuable water trade route. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Culture <ul><li>Serbian, a Serbo-Croatian, language is spoken in Serbia. </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 84% of the population are Orthodox Christians. This unites the country through a primary religion. </li></ul><ul><li>Serbian cuisine is a mix of Turkish, Mediterranean, and Central European. This is because migration from many of these areas is easy. </li></ul>A Serbian Orthodox Cross
  5. 5. Traditions & Customs <ul><li>A traditional Serbian dance is the kolo, a circle dance. </li></ul><ul><li>On Christmas Eve Serbians burn an oak log on their fire. This is called the Badnjak and is similar to the yule log in other cultures. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Traditions & Customs <ul><li>The Zapis is a sacred tree in Serbia. </li></ul><ul><li>A cross is carved into the bark of a Zapis. </li></ul><ul><li>Church services are often held around these trees. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Traditions & Customs <ul><li>Serbian Christians celebrate the Slava. </li></ul><ul><li>In the Slava each family venerates their chosen patron saint on a feast day. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of these traditions are common throughout the country. This unites them culturally. </li></ul>Saint John
  8. 8. History <ul><li>The first government in Serbia was the Byzantine Empire. </li></ul><ul><li>Serbia was conquered by the Turkish Empire in 1459. </li></ul><ul><li>The Turks prevented Serbian involvement in the Renaissance by preventing contact with the west. </li></ul><ul><li>It was annexed by the Ottoman Empire in 1540. </li></ul><ul><li>Serbia became independent in 1878 following the Russo-Turkish War. </li></ul><ul><li>When Austria declared war on Serbia, World War I officially had begun. This declaration of war was caused by the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the Austrian Crown Prince. </li></ul>
  9. 9. History <ul><li>In 1941 Hitler and the Nazis began their attack on Serbia </li></ul><ul><li>After World War II Serbia became a part of communist Yugoslavia. </li></ul><ul><li>Serbia is now a republic. </li></ul>The Serbian Coat of Arms
  10. 10. Serbian Facts <ul><li>Population: 7,310,555 people </li></ul><ul><li>GDP: $40.28 billion </li></ul><ul><li>GDP per capita:$5,370 </li></ul><ul><li>Serbia has large sources of coal, petroleum, natural gas, and copper. </li></ul><ul><li>The president of Serbia is Boris Tadic. </li></ul>