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Country name conventional long form: Republic of Serbia
conventional short form: Serbia
local long form: Republika Srbija
local short form: Srbija
former: People's Republic of Serbia, Socialist Republic of Serbia
Gevernment typerepublic
Capital name: Belgrade
geographic coordinates: 44 50 N, 20 30 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Flag descriptionthree equal horizontal stripes of red (top), blue, and white; charged with the coat of arms of Serbia shifted slightly to the hoist side
CurrencySerbian Dinar (RSD)
Internet country code.rs; note - former ccTLD .yu will remain in service until the end of 2006
Ports and terminalsKheyrabad, Shir Khan
Agriculture productswheat, maize, sugar beets, sunflower, beef, pork, milk
Industriessugar, agricultural machinery, electrical and communication equipment, paper and pulp, lead, transportation equipment
Geography
LocationSoutheastern Europe, between Macedonia and Hungary
Coordinates44 00 N, 21 00 E
ContinentEurope
Area total: 88,361 sq km
land: 88,361 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries total: 2,027 km
border countries: Albania 115 km, Bosnia and Herzegovina 302 km, Bulgaria 318 km, Croatia 241 km, Hungary 151 km, Macedonia 221 km, Montenegro 203 km, Romania 476 km
Coastline0 km (landlocked)
Climatein the north, continental climate (cold winters and hot, humid summers with well distributed rainfall); in other parts, continental and Mediterranean climate (hot, dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall)
Terrainextremely varied; to the north, rich fertile plains; to the east, limestone ranges and basins; to the southeast, ancient mountains and hills
Natural resourcesoil, gas, coal, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, antimony, chromite, nickel, gold, silver, magnesium, pyrite, limestone, marble, salt, arable land
Natural hazardsdestructive earthquakes
People
Population9,396,411 (2002 census)
Ethnic groupsSerb 66%, Albanian 17%, Hungarian 3.5%, other 13.5% (1991)
ReligionsSerbian Orthodox, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Protestant
LanguagesSerbian (official nationwide); Romanian, Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, and Croatian (all official in Vojvodina); Albanian (official in Kosovo)

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