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Nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the Dinaric mountains, Montenegro is a hidden gem in the Balkans. It gained independence from Serbia in 2006 and has since become a popular tourist destination. With its picturesque coastline, pristine beaches, and rich history, Montenegro has something to offer everyone.


Expat destinations in Montenegro

Demographics of Montenegro:

Ethnic groups

Serbs: 26.5%

Croats: 1.2%

Others: 0.9%

Muslims: 1.1%

Bosniaks: 6.8%

Albanians: 12.2%

Montenegrins: 51.5%


Bosnian: Spoken in the northeast

Serbian: Commonly spoken

Albanian: Spoken in the north

Croatian: Spoken in the northwest

Montenegrin: Official

Religion Overview

Montenegro is a mostly Orthodox Christian country, with a significant Muslim population in the north.

Major Religions


Montenegro has a Mediterranean climate along the coastline, with hot summers and mild winters. Inland, the climate is more continental with cold winters and hot summers.

Economy Overview

Montenegro's economy is largely based on tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing. The country joined the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) in 2012, and is working towards EU membership.

Key Industries

  • Tourism
  • Agriculture (olive oil, wine, fruit)
  • Manufacturing (textiles, food processing)
  • Construction

Major Companies

  • Government-owned: Montenegro Telecom
  • Privately owned: Delgado Group (property development, maritime transport)
  • Headquarters of the KAP Corporation: one of the largest cement manufacturers in the Balkans

Culture and Language Overview

Montenegro's culture is a mix of Balkan, Mediterranean, and European influences. Montenegrin cuisine combines seafood, meat, and vegetables, with a strong emphasis on olive oil and wine.

Cultural Highlights

  • Ostrozhnica: a 16th century monastery, known for its intricate frescoes.
  • Tara River Canyon: the second-deepest canyon in the world (after the Grand Canyon), located in the Durmitor National Park.
  • Cetinje: the former royal capital, now a cultural hub with museums, galleries, and historic landmarks.
  • Podgorica: the modern capital, with trendy bars, restaurants, and shops.

Geography and Landmarks Overview

Montenegro's landscape is diverse, with the rugged Dinaric mountains, the deep fjords of the Bay of Kotor, and long sandy beaches along the Adriatic coast.

Notable Landmarks

  • Bay of Kotor: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring medieval fortresses, churches, and stunning scenery.
  • Durmitor National Park: home to the Tara River Canyon and a host of flora and fauna.
  • Kotor Old Town: a maze of cobbled streets and hidden squares, showcasing Venetian and Austrian history.
  • Skadar Lake National Park: the largest lake in the Balkans, with ancient monasteries and colonial-style villas.

National Holidays

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Orthodox Christmas Day (January 7)
  • St. Basil's Day (January 14)
  • Victory Day (May 16)
  • Statehood Day (July 13)
  • Republic Day (October 16)
  • Independence Day (May 21)

Political Stability

Montenegro is a democracy with a multi-party system. Its government is led by a prime minister, supported by a parliament, and a president. The country's economy is growing, but corruption and political instability remain challenges for its fledgling democracy.

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