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Just a few Serbia numbers

The 2012 Grand Slam finale between Serbian Novak Đoković and Rafael Nadal took 5 hours and 53 minutes – a world record. But Đoković can present quite a few more impressive numbers: he holds the record of being the ATP No. 1 for the longest time (over 320 weeks as of May 2021), he has won 18 Grand Slam men's singles titles and 82 ATP singles titles overall, including a record nine Australian Open titles and a record 36 Masters events. He is the only player to win all of the elite tournaments on the modern ATP Tour!

The length of the beach around the Sava lake on Belgrade’s artificial peninsula Ada Ciganlija is 6 km which makes it the country's longest open-air bath. Not surprising that its nickname "More Beograda" (Sea of Belgrade) quickly became a PR brand.

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Since the first settlements about 7,000 years ago Belgrade has had 15 different names, among them Alba Bulgarica, Dar Al Jihad, the Elven-like Nándorfehérvár and Prinz Eugen Stadt to only name a few.

Altogether 18 Roman emperors were born on the territory of modern Serbia. That's the highest number of emperors of all the provinces outside of Italy. Niš born Constantine the Great surely is the most famous of them.

The pylon of Belgrade's Ada Bridge is 200 m high which makes this quite controversial structure - that originally was supposed to become the Serbian capital's new symbol - the world's biggest cable-stayed bridge with a single pylon. Even an oddly specific record still is a record.

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268 points for Serbia! That's how many singer Marija Šerifović collected with her song "Molitva" at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, granting Serbia the victory right the first time it attended as a separate nation!

269 moves were made during the longest chess match in history, in 1989 in Belgrade. Nikolić vs. Arsović took more than 20 hours – and ended with a draw.

The river Vrelo in the municipality Bajina Bašta is 365 meters long. So its nickname 'godina' (year) was pretty much bound to happen. One can only wonder if with one more meter people would have called it 'leapyear'.

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For 400 years Serbia was ruled by the Ottomans (1459–1878). Considering the obviously constant attacks, the occasionally slow conquests and the political negotiations towards the end it was probably even more. The impacts of those centuries can be seen and felt until today – just like the Austrian-Hungarian ones in Serbia's Northern part of Vojvodina.

In the 18th century the Habsburg Monarchy had 900 different plant species imported to Deliblato Sands. That extensive forestation turned many of the sandy steppes of the 'European Sahara' into a dense woodland that flourishes to this day.

With 2,169 m Mount Midžor in the Balkan mountain range is Serbia's highest peak. Before the 1990s its ascent was forbidden since it's located right on the border to Bulgaria. In case it should be forbidden again some day in the future, you can always fall back (or rather climb) on its namesake Midzhur Peak in Antarctica.

4,000 m³ of Danube water are running through Belgrade every second. That's quite a lot more than the river carries through Vienna (1,900m³/s) or Budapest (2,350m³/s).

One liter of immortelle oil, derived from Smilja or Helichrysum flowers you can also find on Serbian meadows, willows and fields can cost up to 1,700 Euro. The essential oil has anti-inflammatory, cell-regenerating, antiviral and soothing qualities and is supposed to relieve bruises, strains and sprains as well as mental wounds.

20,000 Serbs were the last people who saw singer Amy Winehouse live on stage. On June 18th, 2011 the exceptional artist started her Europe tour right below the Belgrade fortress, but 90 quite disastrous minutes later – in which according to witnesses she barely mumbled her songs and deliriously rolled over the floor – she was booed off stage. The tour was cancelled and on July 23rd Amy died from an alcohol overdose in London.

135,000 tons of raspberries were exported by Serbia in 2018. The country is one of the world's biggest producers of the 'Red Gold', having surpassed even Poland and Chile. But that might change again since the bad weather conditions have already caused a drop of 80% in 2019 – and the recent hot summers of the changing climate are not helping.

Photo by Sanja Kostić

1,800,000 residents make the Serbian capital Belgrade the fourth biggest Balkan metropolis, right after Istanbul (15.3 mill.), Athens (3.8 mill.) and Bucharest (2.3 mill.).

The European Union invested 8,000,000 € in the renovation of Golubac fortress at the Danube. The extensive works took five years and even included building a new tunnel for the highway that had lead right through the fortress before. At the official inauguration European Commissioner Johannes Hahn said: "This is our common heritage, Europe at its best, without borders. We should all be proud. The Fortress will serve as a new foundation for the development of this region and a witness to genuine cooperation between different parts of Europe!"

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