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Territory in southeastern Europe, ruled since 2006 by the Republika Srbija

Serbia (Serbian: Србија, Srbija), officially the Republic of Serbia (Serbian: Република Србија, Republika Srbija), is a a country situated at the crossroads of central and southeastern Europe in the southern Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans. The country borders Hungary to the north; Romania and Bulgaria to the east; Macedonia to the south; Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro to the west and claims a border with Albania through the disputed territory of Kosovo. Serbia numbers around 7 million residents. Its capital, Belgrade, ranks among the oldest and largest cities in southeastern Europe, and its second-largest city Novi Sad is the European Capital of Culture for 2021.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 44° N — Longitude: 21° E

Area: 88,361 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: RS

Home To

Libertarijanski klub (Libek), Belgrade

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
2019: 7.54, Rank: 67, Personal Freedom: 7.77, Economic Freedom: 7.22
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 6.68, Rank: 101
Serbia | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2022
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 78, Political Rights: 2, Civil Liberties: 2
In 2015, the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) continued to govern with an absolute majority in the Serbian National Assembly. The SNS, a center-right party with a mandate focused on economic and social reform, has implemented an austerity program meant to revitalize the Serbian economy. In 2015, pensions were lowered and public-sector salaries were cut under new reform policies. During the year, an influx of refugees and migrants fleeing sectarian violence and instability in North Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere reached Serbia.


NATO's Balkans Disaster and Wilsonian Warmongering, Part 2, by Doug Bandow, Freedom Daily, Aug 1999
Considers possible justifications for war vis-à-vis NATO's involvement in the conflict between Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and the Kosovo Liberation Army
Yet Yugoslavia did nothing against America or any of its allies. ... the [Clinton] administration ... wanted to force compliance with an international diktat to establish an unstable, jerryrigged autonomous government to be backed by a permanent foreign occupation of what is considered internationally to be indisputably Yugoslavian land ... The Serbian government has caused untoward civilian casualties in Kosovo, but its conduct does not exist in a vacuum. In June 1998, a U.S. diplomat in Belgrade told me: "If you're a Serb, hell yes the KLA is a terrorist organization." Each cycle of violence has spawned another.
Related Topics: Balkans, Europe, Russia, War

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Serbia" as of 4 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.