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Summary: Serbia is found in southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Albania and Bosnia - Herzegovina, and has an extremely varied terrain: to the north, rich fertile plains; to the east, limestone ranges and basins; to the southeast, ancient mountains and hills; to the southwest, an extremely high shoreline with no islands off its coast.

Capital: Belgrade
Time Zone: DST +0200 UTC
Population: 10,825,900
Languages: Serbian, Albanian
Power: 220 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Yugoslav Dinar
Climate: In the north, there is a continental climate with cold winters and hot, humid summers with well distributed rainfall. The central portion of the country has a continental and mediterranean climate. To the south, there is an adriatic climate along the coast, with hot, dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall inland.

Belgrade: Visiting the Kalemegdan area of Belgrade is a requirement - it includes a castle, zoo, park, concert area and observatory, just a few minutes from the most exclusive shopping zone on Knez Mihailova Street in the very heart of Belgrade. Otherwise, head into the old quarter, Stari Grad, for the Gallery of Frescoes and the National Museum or just enjoy the day sitting or swimming off-shore in the Ada Ciganlija, an island park in the middle of the Sava River.

Novi Sad: Known as a university town, Novi Sad is about 45 miles northwest of the capital and has several museums to feed hungry minds, like the Museum of the Revolution and the Museum of Archaeology. Otherwise, start with sights like the Petrovaradin fortress, known as The Gibraltar on the Danube, you can see the whole town or walk through 10 miles of underground tunnels, or walk along Zmaj Jovina Street, with its four public squares and many churches and cathedrals

Spend Your Euros: Although the Dinar is the official currency, the euro is accepted as legal tender in Montenegro and Kosovo, and you likely won't have trouble spending it in major cities throughout the country.

Tension: Tensions still run high between subcultures in the area, so avoid the Serbian-Kosovo border area. The country is working to put this tension behind it, so check how safe the area is before leaving.

Toasting: Toasting is a good way to celebrate any tradition. When you raise your glass, make solid eye contact with the host and guests as a sign of respect.

Threes: The number three is prominant - houses usually have a small altar with three icons, greetings involve three kisses, and to celebrate, locals hold up three fingers.

When To Visit: Summer will give you festivals and pleasant weather, as winters can be quite cold.

Food: Meat is predominant in Serbian meals, which have an Arab or Turkish influence. Peceno prase, a pork dish is a must-try, and the meat burek, almost like pizza, and the goat's milk ice cream are interesting as well.

Tipping: Tip a standard 10% in restaurants, and in taxis and other service interations.

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