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To serve the Church among the Slavic nations of the world by assisting it to become fully equipped to fulfil the great commission of Jesus Christ

Serbia

Background

Serbia and Montenegro have asserted the formation of a joint independent state, but this entity has not been formally recognized as a state by the US. The US view is that the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) has dissolved and that none of the successor republics represents its continuation. In 1999, massive expulsions by Serbs of ethnic Albanians living in the autonomous republic of Kosovo provoked an international response, including the bombing of Serbia and the stationing of NATO and Russian peacekeepers in Kosovo. On 17 February 2008, Kosovo declared itself independent. The Montenegrin Assembly made a formal declaration of independence on 3 June 2006, thus bringing the union between Serbia and Montenegro to an end. Serbia is a potential candidate country for EU accession.

Location

South-eastern Europe

Area

88,412 sq km

Land Boundaries

Border countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania

Natural Resources

Oil, gas, coal, antimony, copper, lead, zinc, nickel, gold, pyrite, chrome, hydro-power

Population

8 million (2011 est.)

Ethnic Groups

Serb 82.86 %, Albanian 0.82%, Montenegrin 0.92%, Yugoslav 1.08%, Hungarian 3.91%, other 9.2%, Bosniaks 1.82%, Roma 1.44%, Croats 0.94%, Albanians 0.85% (2002)

Religions

Orthodox 65%, Islam 19%, Roman Catholic 4%, Protestant 1%, other 11%, Evangelicals 0.01%

Languages

Serbian 95%, Albanian 5%

Capital

Belgrade

Industries

Machine building (aircraft, trucks, and automobiles; tanks and weapons; electrical equipment; agricultural machinery); metallurgy (steel, aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, chromium, antimony, bismuth, cadmium); mining (coal, bauxite, nonferrous ore, iron ore, limestone); consumer goods (textiles, footwear, foodstuffs, appliances); electronics, petroleum products, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals

Currency

1 Yugoslav New Dinar (YD) = 100 paras