Interesting facts about Montenegro

Montenegro is a small state located in the west of the Balkan Peninsula. The country's territory is only 13, 812 square kilometers, and the population is just over 600, 000 people. It is believed that Montenegro got its name thanks to the Lovcen mountain range, which is covered with dark coniferous forest. The capital of the state is Podgorica, where a quarter of the total population of the country lives.

  1. Montenegro became the first state of the Balkan Peninsula to gain independence from the Ottoman Empire. In 1946 - 1992. she was part of Yugoslavia. 1992 - 2006 in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which in 2003 was renamed the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. On May 21, 2006, a referendum on independence was held, following which Montenegro was recognized as a sovereign state.
  2. Despite the fact that the official capital of the country is Podgorica, the small town of Cetinje, which is home to only 16, 000 people, is considered the cultural and spiritual center. Here are the residences of the President and the Metropolitan. By the middle of the twentieth century, the capital functions were transferred to Podgorica, but the government of the country is doing everything possible to keep Cetinje as a tourist center.
  3. There is a unique river in Montenegro called Boyana. And it is interesting because it can flow in different directions. This is due to the fact that the channel of Boyana is below sea level; during a strong wind, it is not the river that flows into it, but on the contrary, the sea water flows into Boyana. Because of this, swimming in the river is risky, as there are many whirlpools here.
  4. Visitors are surprised by the fact that theft is almost completely absent in the country. Therefore, the cells in supermarkets are not locked, and on the beaches vacationers, leaving to swim, safely leave not only their clothes, but also their phones. If something is stolen, then most often it is the newcomers who do it. Even single trips can be safely made in Montenegro.
  5. The flora and fauna of Montenegro is very diverse. 2833 plant species have been recorded here, 22 of which are endemic, that is, they are not found anywhere else outside the territory of this country. Considering that the population density of Montenegro is low (about 45 people per square kilometer), and a significant part of it is covered with forests, wild bears, wild boars and deer are found here.
  6. An old olive tree in the Montenegrin town of Bar is one of the main attractions of this country. Analysis carried out several years ago showed that it is already 2, 240 years old. At the same time, despite such an ancient age, the tree continues to bear fruit. The diameter of the crown of the ancient olive is about 10 meters. The tree is one of the oldest in the world. To look at it, you will have to pay for the entrance to the complex. The olive has been under state protection since 1957.
  7. The village of Crkvice is recognized as the rainiest inhabited place in Europe. The village is located in the eastern part of the Orien mountain range at an altitude of over 1, 000 meters above sea level. Summer here is rather dry, forest fires are frequent, but in autumn it rains almost continuously. There are not many inhabitants in the village - only a few dozen.
  8. The largest beach stretches along the coast for almost 14 kilometers. It is located near the border with Albania. Montenegrins call it Velika Plazha (Big Beach). It fully justifies its name, it occupies 1/5 of all the beaches of Montenegro, and there are a lot of them here. In addition, the Big Beach is also known for its dark sand of volcanic origin.
  9. The transportation of mail by car nowadays is no longer surprising. But, here too, Montenegro was ahead of the whole of Europe, it was here on July 9, 1903 that the first postal car appeared. Even the name of the first driver of this car has been preserved in history, it was Milo Tomanovic, who was specially sent to the Czech Republic to take driving courses.
  10. Vladimir Vysotsky has visited Montenegro twice. He was so fascinated by the local beauty that he even wrote poems that ended with the words: "It's a pity, Montenegro did not become my second homeland." In 2004, grateful Montenegrins erected a five-meter monument to Vladimir Semenovich Vysotsky in Podgorica. The famous actor and bard is depicted with a guitar in his hands.
  11. Since 2008, Montenegrin athletes have participated in the Olympic Games as a separate team. True, during this time they managed to win only one Olympic award. In 2012, in London, handball players from Montenegro were able to reach the final, where they met with the Norwegian national team. The Montenegrins put up stubborn resistance to the favorites of the tournament, but the experience took its toll: the Norwegians won with a score of 26:23, and their rivals got silver medals. Which was an undoubted success.