Montenegro Country Profile
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Montenegro is a country located at South and Southeast Europe at the coast of the Balkans.
The country recorded a population of 622,359 in 2018 and covers an area of 13,812 km2.
Its capital city is Podgorica known for its nightlife. Its landmarks include the modern Millennium Bridge on River Moraca, the stone bridge over Ribnica River and the ancient Clock Tower in its old town.
Initially, Montenegro was part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which was later renamed Yugoslavia. It remained in the Union of Serbia even after Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia and Macedonia left in 1991.
In 1992, Montenegro joined Serbia in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The 2 counties signed European Union mediated accord in 2002 to form a new state called Serbia and Montenegro instead of Yugoslavia.
Then Montenegro later separated itself and became independent in 2006.
The culture is influenced by ancient Rome, Christianity, Islam, Byzantine Empire and Yugoslavia.
The crops grown in the country are fruits, cereals, sugar beet and oilseeds.
The popular dishes include stuffed peppers, meatballs, cooked vegetables, potato moussaka with minced meat, sarma, chorba and pilav.
The main wildlife animals in the country include deer, martens, wild pigs, foxes, wolves and wildcats.
Annual events/ celebrations/ festivals
The main celebrated events include Fascinado, Sea Dance Festival, Montenegro Film Festival, Lake Festival and Mimosa Festival.
Things to see
Durmitor National Park has animals such as wolves and bears. It also surrounds limestone peaks, Tara River Canyon and glacial lakes. Another park is Lake Skadar National Park.
Ostrog Monastery is at the Serbian Orthodox Church situated up in the large rock of Ostroska.
Lovcen is a mountain and national park in the southwest of the country.
It is famous for the black mountains that it derived its name from.
The country’s official language is Montenegrin.
Majority of the population are Eastern Orthodox Christians.
It is bordered on the northwest by Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the northeast by Serbia, on the east by Kosovo, on the southeast by Albania, on the southwest by the Adriatic Sea and on the west by Croatia.
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