35 Interesting Facts About Montenegro

Montenegro is a country located in southeastern Europe. Montenegro is a parliamentary republic with a President elected directly by the people who serves as the head of state. The economy of Montenegro is heavily dependent on services followed by industry and agriculture.

Here are 35 interesting and important facts and figures about Montenegro – a top tourist country.

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Interesting facts about Montenegro: Montenegro on the map

History and Geography

1. Montenegro declared its independence from Serbia on June 3, 2006.

2. Montenegro got its name from the dark mountain forests that cover the land. The name breaks down into two words, ‘monte’ and ‘negro’ (black, mountain), and dates back to the 15th century.

3. Lake Skadar is the largest in the Balkan region, with two-thirds lying in Montenegro and the remainder in Albania.

4. In area, Montenegro is comparable to the size of Connecticut.

5. Montenegro is a small country with a population of less than one million people. However, the country shows major economic potential, especially from its tourism industry.

6. The country has 117 beaches along the Adriatic coast.

7. Montenegro is a famous tourist destination. The legendary English romantic poet Lord Bryon once described the country this way: ‘At the birth of the planet the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have been on the Montenegrin coast’. This is a testament to the country’s striking beauty, which is no doubt one of the primary reasons why it attracts millions of visitors.

8. Podgorica is the capital and largest city of the country. It covers a total area of 55.6 square miles. The city hosts Montenegro’s administrative, economic, cultural and educational centers.

9. The country’s flag features a golden lion. The flag is based on the flag that was in use during the reign of King Nicola I, who was king between 1910 and 1918.

10. The Tara (Drina) River in Montenegro is known for its clean water. The total length is 144 km, of which 110 km are in Montenegro, while the final 34 km are in Bosnia and Herzegovina; it also forms the border between the two countries in several places.

11. About 60% of the country is more than 1000 meters above sea level, with the tallest peak – Bobotov Kuk in the Durmitor Mountains – at 2,522 meters.

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Bobotov Kuk in the Durmitor Mountains, Montenegro. Image Credit

Tourism and Trade in Montenegro

12. The country has a diverse population. Native Montenegrins make up about 45% of its population while Serbs, Bosniaks, Albanians, Muslims and Croats form the rest of the country’s population.

13. Serbia, Italy, Germany, Croatia and Hungary are its major trade partners.

14. Tourism, steel making, aluminum and food processing represent its major industries. Handmade carpets, wood carvings, tapestries, ceramics, filigree jewelry, ceramics, art and wine are some of the famous items from the region that you can buy while in Montenegro.

15. The World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) placed Montenegro first on its list of countries where tourism is a strategic industry. Tourism in the country is expected to grow at a rate of 8.8 percent over the next ten years. Are you looking to visit a new place? Why not Montenegro? You can also enjoy winter snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding, as well as other sports including climbing, white-water rafting, scuba diving and many more.

16. Crvena Stijena by the village Petrovici near Niksic is one of Montenegro’s oldest cultural and historical monuments. The cave is unique in the world because of the numerous cultural artifacts it contains.

17. Sveti Stefan is certainly one of the tourist icons of Montenegro. It is located just 15 minutes from Budva, by car.

18. The monastery of Ostrog, located above the Bjelopavlic valley, is one of the most visited shrines in Christian world. It is carved in rocks and was founded in the 17th century by Saint Basil.

19. Montenegrins celebrate their national holiday on July 13, which is also known as Statehood Day. They celebrate this day to commemorate the day that Montenegro was recognized as the 27th independent state in the world by the Berlin Congress, which occurred on July 13, 1878.

20. Montenegro winters are cold, snowy and intolerable. This is the reason why the country sees a drop in tourism during these months.

Montenegro in Hollywood Movies

21. Montenegro is featured in the movie “Casino Royale,” released in 2006, staring Daniel Craig as James Bond. And Brad Pitt started his Hollywood career when he acted in a movie filmed in the country in 1987.

Statistics and Quick Facts about Montenegro

22. The country was the first in the world to have a national printing house.

23. On June 26, 2006, it became the 192nd member of the United Nations.

24. A person who shows virtues of: integrity, dignity, humility, self-sacrifice for the just cause, respect for others and rectitude along with bravery is well respected in the country.

25. It is customary for visiting guests to bring a bottle of wine and a box of coffee when invited by someone for a meal or celebration.

26. The majority of the country’s population, almost 47%, is between the ages of 25 and 54.

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Interesting facts about Montenegro: Beautiful Country

27. 64% of its total population is urbanized, and the country spends 6.5% of its GDP on health care.

28. There are more than a million mobile subscriptions and 160,000 fixed-line telephone connections in Montenegro.

29. The country has a high literacy rate of almost 99%.

30. Montenegro’s country TLD (“Top Level Domain”) for the internet, .ME, is just eight years old. It was allotted to the country on September 24, 2007. They are also sharing .ME with the rest of the world. Though .ME is used internally within the country, you can also register a domain with a .ME extension. .ME domains are very popular in the U.S. It is a popular extension for personal websites and for people who want to register their site as “name.me.”

31. Despite its small size, there are five airports in this world-famous tourist destination.

32. 60% of its population uses the internet.

33. There is 250 km of railway network in the country, and just one heliport.

34. As per the CIA facts sheet about Montenegro, there are 3,296 stateless people living in the country (2014).

35. Montenegro does not mint, issue or print euro coins or notes. It imports them from other countries that are part of the Eurozone.

Country facts

Capital CityPodgoricaa
42°47′N 19°28′E
Largest CityPodgoricaa
42°47′N 19°28′E
Total area13,812 sq km
Population644,578 (2016)
Official LanguagesSerbian
BordersCroatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and the Adriatic Sea.
ReligionMontenegro is a multireligious country. Although Orthodox Christianity is the dominant form of religion, there are also sizable numbers of adherents of both Islam and Catholic Christianity.
Life expectancy78.6 years (2016)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Terrainhighly indented coastline with narrow coastal plain backed by rugged high limestone mountains and plateaus
Agricultural land38.2%
Birth rate10.42 births/1,000 population (2015 est.)
Death rate9.43 deaths/1,000 population (2015 est.)
Sex ratio0.99 male(s)/female (2015 est.)
Government typeparliamentary republic
Independence3 June 2006
National symbolsdouble-headed eagle; national colors: red, gold
National anthem"Oj, svijetla majska zoro" (Oh, Bright Dawn of May)
Industriessteelmaking, aluminum, agricultural processing, consumer goods, tourism
Exports$370.2 million (2014 est.)
Imports$1.982 billion (2014 est.)
Internet country code.me
Internet users418,000
percent of population: 64.6% (July 2015 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$16,100 (2015 est.)
Time ZoneCET (UTC+1)
Calling Code+382
Drives on theRight