The state whose name means 'Black Mountain' has a very long history, but Montenegro, as we know it today, is a very young Republic, founded only in 2006. Its population of not even 700,000 lives in a relatively tiny area.
Regardless of its size, Montenegro attracts 1 million tourists to its stunning Adriatic coast every year. In proportion to the number of inhabitants, this figure matches that of people who travel to France.
With its independence, Montenegro has faced the two biggest challenges to young democracies: Weak governance, due to a short experience in state administration, and corruption that penetrated into different spheres of the society. With support of the European Union and international community, Montenegro has made significant progress in fighting corruption. In December 2010, the country was officially granted EU candidate status. Its citizens are overwhelmingly in favour of joining the EU, with 76.2% of the overall population for and only 9.8% against it.
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