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All About Montenegro-Serbia


Miniscule Montenegro is one of Europe’s smallest countries—and its youngest, separating itself officially from the former Yugoslav state of Serbia on October 22, 2007. Barely bigger than Puerto Rico and home to just over 620,000 people, its name means “black mountains”—whether rendered in Montenegrin as “Crna Gora,” or in the Italian translation by which “Montenegro” is more widely known. These dark, rugged peaks plunge into the Bay of Kotor like an Adriatic version of a deepwater fjord ringed by Venetian-inflected medieval villages, like Budva, and the walled city of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Serbia is one of Europe’s two newest nations, carved from the collapsing Yugoslavia in 1992, it formally separated from former partner country Montenegro only in 2008. It is a bustling and bohemian Balkan land where prices are still low and the hinterlands little-explored, largely thanks to the fact that the rest of the world still hasn’t quite adjusted to the idea that Serbia is no longer run by Slobodan Milošević, the corrupt opportunist who leveraged nationalist sentiment to encourage some of the worst ethnic cleansing atrocities of the various regional Yugoslav Wars throughout his 1989–2000 presidential reigns.