Looking to increase your knowledge of the countries of the world and better your chances of being crowned the next pub quiz team winner?
Here’s 1some fun facts about Montenegro for you to learn…
1. Where is Montenegro, anyway?
Montenegro is a small Balkan country in South East Europe with a coastline along the Adriatic Sea. It’s bordered by Bosnia and Herzegovina to the North West, Serbia to the North East, Albania to the South East and Croatia to the west.
2. Here’s what you’ll need to know if using a compass.
The coordinates for Montenegro are 42.7833° N, 19.4667°
3. From beach to peak – Montenegro has a lot to offer.
The terrain here is a stunning contrast of rugged mountains, forests, sandy beaches and boasts ski resorts too. We’re off to pack…
4. How big is Montenegro?
The total land area of Montenegro is 5,333 square miles (13,812 square kilometers).
5. Thousands of people call the country home.
Montenegro’s population was 621,718 in 2020.
6. What’s the capital of Montenegro?
The capital is Podgorica which covers an area of 556 square miles (1,441 square kilometers) and has a population of 185,937 (2011).
7. Life is long and healthy here!
The average life span here is 76.88 years (2019).
8. Learn the lingo!
The official language of Montenegro is Montenegrin. I know, we were blown away too! They do, however, also speak Serbian, Croatian and Albanian here.
9. Pick up those pennies.
Euro is the official currency in this country, which is handy because most of us have a few coins lying around somewhere.
10. Tourist visa? No trouble…
Unusually, should you wish to extend your stay here there are no requirements for a tourist visa, only for work visas. Nice and easy!
11. It’s been seen on screen.
This place is so cool that even the James Bond movie, Casino Royale had scenes based in Montenegro, although it was actually shot in Czech Republic, but still, we’ll gloss over that…
12. It’s relatively young as a nation.
Once a part of the former Yugoslavia, Montenegro has only been an independent nation since 2006.
13. The trees are fairly old!
The town of Mitrovica is home to what’s thought to be the oldest olive tree in the world, at more than 2,000 years old!
14. Lots of tasty produce!
15. The industry in Montenegro is impressively varied.
Its industry consists of metal processing, wood processing, textile manufacture, engineering, tourism, chemicals and construction.
It also exports raw metals, passenger and cargo ships and wine. We like wine!
16. Here’s what you’ll need to dial.
Want to call family or friends in Montenegro? You’ll need to use the international dialing code +382.
FAQs about Montenegro
What do people eat in Montenegro?
Traditional dishes you’ll enjoy in Montenegro include a lamb course cooked in milk - known as Brav u Mlijeku. However, there’s also regional pancakes to enjoy, too, known as Palačinke.
What’s the main religion in Montenegro?
Most people in Montenegro, according to census data, follow orthodox Christianity.
What’s the cost of living in Montenegro?
The cost of living in Montenegro is estimated to be around $1,700 per month for a family of four before rent. That’s just less than 50% lower than what you’d pay in the US!
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