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Yugoslavia came apart also, beginning with a brutal clash between Serbia and Croatia, here again 'nations' with only the smallest differences in genealogy; with, indeed, practically a common language. Ethnic conflict does not require great differences.

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Overview: Serbia

 In May 2012, in a surprise result, the nationalist candidate Tomislav Nikolic was elected president of Serbia. The liberal incumbent Boris Tadic conceded defeat soon after the polls closed. Mr Nikolic had won has 50.21 per cent of the vote, against 46.77 per cent for Mr Tadic, with 40 per cent of votes counted. The Democratic Party had dominated Serbian politics since it led an opposition alliance to overthrow Slobodan Milosevic in October 2000. The electoral contest had been seen by many as a referendum on Serbia’s putative EU membership; reassuringly for many, the newly-elected president promised that Serbia would not stray from its European path’. Despite these reassurances, the electoral loser, Boris Tadic saw fit to appeal to his rival to maintain ‘Serbia's strategic orientation towards the EU,’ adding that ‘It would be a tragic mistake if Serbia changes its orientation. It is a matter of peace and economic development.’ In turn confirming his commitment to Europe, Mr Nikolic claimed that ‘This is a turning point for Serbia... these elections were not about who will take Serbia to the EU, but who will solve the economic problems created by the Democratic Party.’ 

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Profile: Serbia

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Republika Srbije (Republic of Serbia) (ROS)
Head of State: President Tomislav Nikolic (SNS) (from 20 May 2012)
Head of government: Prime Minister Ivica Dacic (SPS) (from Jul 2012)
Ruling party: Coalition of Srpska Napredna Stranka (SNS) (Serbian Progressive Party), with Socijalisticka Partija Srbije (SPS) (Serb Socialist Party) and Ujedinjeni Regioni Srbije (URS) (United Regions of Serbia) (from Jul 2012)
Area: 77,474 square km
Population: 7.20 million (2013*, 7,120,666; 2011, census figure)
Capital: Belgrade
Official language: Serbian
Currency: Dinar (D) = 100 paras
Exchange rate: D84.90 per US$ (Jul 2014)
GDP per capita: US$5,907 (2013)*
GDP real growth: 2.00% (2013)*
GDP: US$42.52 billion (2013)*
Unemployment: 21.00% (2013)*
Inflation: 8.00% (2013)*
Balance of trade: -US$6.94 billion (2012)
Annual FDI: US$2.70 billion (2011)
* estimated figure

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