I am from Serbia
Serbia is a really small country in Europe, but I still love it dearly.
Serbia is the largest exporter of raspberry in the world – almost 95% of raspberries sold in the world originate from Serbia.
Roman emperors were born on the land which is today Serbia .
The only Serbian word that is accepted and used across the world is “vampire”.
The Serbian clock-making industry is even older than the world-famous Swiss one. The Serbs had their own clock 600 years before the Swiss did.
Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with excavations confirming that the settlements continuously existed here for at least 7000 years. Not far from Belgrade center, at the outskirts of the city, one can find remnants of two of the most prominent cultures in Bronze Age – Vinča and Starčevo cultures. These cities were pioneers in trade throughout Europe and Middle East, and their potential was in trade with vulcanic glass – obsidian.
It took Serbian army only 18 days to breach the Thessaloniki front in 1918. French, Greek, Italian and British army – although outnumbering Serbian army – didn’t manage to do it in months. The breach of Thessaloniki front meant a complete disaster of Austro-Hungaria and Bulgaria. French general and supreme commander of the Allied armies on Thessaloniki front was overwhelmed with Serbian courage that he declared if he had had such men in other Allied armies – the war wouldn’t even have broken loose. It has been recorded that Serbian army liberated their homeland so quickly that the allied armies weren’t able to distribute supplies to them so fast.
Serbian language was one of the four official languages in Ottoman Empire. Not only this, but Serbia gave several notable Great Veziers and dozens of generals to the Ottomans. On the other hand, Serbian dukes in Austria and Russia were known as the greatest enemies of Ottoman Empire. Thanks to this, it was quite usual to have battles between two Serbian generals on different sides.
Serbs gave to the world some of the most respecting scientists ever: Nikola Tesla a wonder-man whose ingenious inventions are still being ahead of time; Mihajlo Pupin, physicist and chemist whose ideas on telecommunications are still breathtaking; Milutin Milankovic, mathematician, astronomer, climatologist, geophysicist, civil engineer whose climatological researches spread all over the solar system and inventor of the most accurate calendar with declination of only 2,75 seconds per astronomical year…
It is not only our proverb – according to the international polls, Serbs are statistically the most hospitable nation in the world. This custom is highly implemented in our legacy, and can be traced to the ancient Slavic belief that the host wouldn’t gain any favor of gods if he didn’t show hospitality to a guest.
So those were some fun facts about Serbia.
Hope you enjoyed!