Despite — or maybe because of — its small size, Serbia shares borders with eight(!) countries. The area of the landlocked republic, without Kosovo, which Serbia still does not recognize since the former declared independence 2008, is about the size of the Czech Republic.
Since December 2009, Serbian citizens can freely travel to Western Europe again. During 17 long years of bureaucratic obstacles, caused by UN sanctions after the Yugoslav wars in 1992, many saw themselves cut off by the visa requirements of Europe.
At the end of 2009, Belgrade submitted its application for EU membership with the aim of “breaking all records for fastest EU accession”. Serbia is well on its way to becoming a member of the European Union, primarily due to its extensive reforms and improved cooperation with the war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
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