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  • 1. Serbia
    • By Connor Robertson
  • 2. Physical Characteristics
    • Serbia is landlocked. The closest sea is the Adriatic Sea.
    • Serbia is located on the Balkan Peninsula
    • The north is covered by the Danube Plain. This plain is fertile and good for farming.
  • 3. 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. Because Serbia is landlocked the Danube is Serbias most valuable water trade route.
  • 4. Culture
    • Serbian, a Serbo-Croatian, language is spoken in Serbia.
    • Approximately 84% of the population are Orthodox Christians. This unites the country through a primary religion.
    • Serbian cuisine is a mix of Turkish, Mediterranean, and Central European. This is because migration from many of these areas is easy.
    A Serbian Orthodox Cross
  • 5. Traditions & Customs
    • A traditional Serbian dance is the kolo, a circle dance.
    • 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.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. Traditions & Customs
    • Serbian Christians celebrate the Slava.
    • In the Slava each family venerates their chosen patron saint on a feast day.
    • Most of these traditions are common throughout the country. This unites them culturally.
    Saint John
  • 8. History
    • The first government in Serbia was the Byzantine Empire.
    • Serbia was conquered by the Turkish Empire in 1459.
    • The Turks prevented Serbian involvement in the Renaissance by preventing contact with the west.
    • It was annexed by the Ottoman Empire in 1540.
    • Serbia became independent in 1878 following the Russo-Turkish War.
    • 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.
  • 9. History
    • In 1941 Hitler and the Nazis began their attack on Serbia
    • After World War II Serbia became a part of communist Yugoslavia.
    • Serbia is now a republic.
    The Serbian Coat of Arms
  • 10. Serbian Facts
    • Population: 7,310,555 people
    • GDP: $40.28 billion
    • GDP per capita:$5,370
    • Serbia has large sources of coal, petroleum, natural gas, and copper.
    • The president of Serbia is Boris Tadic.