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"Coordinates: 42°30′N 19°18′E / 42.500°N 19.300°E / 42.500; 19.300

Crna Gora  ("Montenegrin)
Црна Гора ("Montenegrin)
""Flag of Montenegro
"Oj, svijetla majska zoro
Ој, свијетла мајска зоро
Oh, Bright Dawn of May
""Location of  Montenegro  (Green)in Europe  (Dark Grey)  –  [Legend]
Location of  Montenegro  (Green)

in "Europe  (Dark Grey)  –  [""Legend]

and largest city
42°47′N 19°28′E / 42.783°N 19.467°E / 42.783; 19.467
Official languages "Montenegrin[1]
Other languages
in official use
"Ethnic groups (2011)
"Demonym "Montenegrin
"Government "Unitary "dominant-party "parliamentary "constitutional republic
• "President
"Filip Vujanović
"Duško Marković
Legislature "Skupština
• Formation of "Duklja as a vassal of "Byzantine Empire
625["dubious ]
• "Duklja gains independence from the Byzantine Empire
• "Kingdom of Zeta proclaimed
1 January 1852
• "Kingdom
28 August 1910
• Formation of "Yugoslavia
1 December 1918
3 June 2006
• Total
13,812 km2 (5,333 sq mi) ("156th)
• Water (%)
• 2017 estimate
678,931[4] ("164th)
• 2011 census
• Density
45/km2 (116.5/sq mi) ("121st)
"GDP ("PPP) 2017 estimate
• Total
$10.862 billion[5]
• Per capita
$17,439[5] ("74th)
"GDP (nominal) 2017 estimate
• Total
$4.405 billion[5]
• Per capita
$7,071[5] ("60th)
"Gini (2013) 26.2[6]
low · "9th
"HDI (2015) Increase 0.807[7]
very high · "49th
Currency "Euro (")b ("EUR)
Time zone "CET ("UTC+1)
• Summer ("DST)
"CEST ("UTC+2)
"Drives on the right
"Calling code "+382
"ISO 3166 code "ME
"Internet TLD ".me
  1. "Constitution names "Cetinje as the Old Royal Capital (prijestonica) of Montenegro.
  2. "Adopted unilaterally; Montenegro is not a formal member of the "Eurozone.

Montenegro ("/ˌmɒntɪˈnɡr, -ˈnɡ-, -ˈnɛɡ-/ (""About this sound listen) "MON-ti-NAYG-roh, -NEEG-, -NEG-; "Montenegrin: Crna Gora/Црна Гора, "[t͡sr̩̂ːnaː ɡɔ̌ra] (""About this sound listen), meaning "Black Mountain") is a "sovereign state in "Southeastern Europe. It has a coast on the "Adriatic Sea to the southwest and is bordered by "Croatia to the west, "Bosnia and Herzegovina to the northwest, "Serbia to the northeast, "Kosovo[a] to the east, and "Albania to the southeast. Its capital and largest city is "Podgorica, while "Cetinje is designated as the Old Royal Capital (prijestonica).[8]

In the 9th century, three "Serb principalities were located on the territory of Montenegro: "Duklja, roughly corresponding to the southern half; "Travunia, the west; and "Rascia, the north.[9][10][11] In 1042, archon "Stefan Vojislav led a revolt that resulted in the independence of Duklja from the "Byzantine Empire and the establishment of the "Vojislavljević dynasty. After passing through the control of several regional powers and the "Ottoman Empire in the ensuing centuries, it became a part of the "Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1918, which was succeeded by the "Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1945.

After the "breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992, the republics of "Serbia and "Montenegro together established a "federation as the "Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, although its status as the legal successor to Yugoslavia was opposed by other former republics and "denied by the "United Nations; in 2003, it renamed itself "Serbia and Montenegro. On the basis of an "independence referendum held on 21 May 2006, Montenegro declared independence on 3 June of that year. It was officially named Republic of Montenegro until 22 October 2007.

Classified by the "World Bank as an upper middle-income country, Montenegro is a member of the "UN, "NATO, the "World Trade Organization, the "Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the "Council of Europe, the "Central European Free Trade Agreement and a founding member of the "Union for the Mediterranean.



The country's name in most Western European languages reflects an adaptation of the Venetian Montenegro (Latin mons "mountain" + niger "black"), roughly "Mount Black" or "black mountain". Many other languages, particularly nearby ones, use their own direct translation of the term "black mountain". Examples are the "Albanian name for the country, Mali i Zi, the "Greek name Μαυροβούνιο (Mavrovoúnio), the "Chinese name "黑山" (Hēishān), the "Turkish name Karadağ (along with many "Turkic languages using a variation on that name), and the "Arabic name الجبل الاسود (al-Jabbal al-Aswad), all meaning "Black Mountain". All "Slavic languages use slight variations on the Montenegrin name Crna Gora; examples include the "Czech Černá Hora, the "Russian Черного́рия (Černogórija), the "Bulgarian Черна гора (Černa gora), and the "Polish Czarnogóra (from its literal form Czarna Góra). Other languages include "Chechen and "Ingush Ӏаьржаламанчоь (Järƶalamançö), "Karbadian БгыфӀыцӀей (Bgyf’yc’ej), "Meadow Mari Шемкурык Эл (Šemkuryk El), "Latvian Melnkalne, and "Lithuanian Juodkalnija. "Mongolian calls the country either Черногори (Chernogori, a loanword from Russian) or Монтенегро (Montenegro).

The name Crna Gora came to denote the majority of contemporary Montenegro only in the 15th century.[12] Originally, it had referred to only a small strip of land under the rule of the "Paštrovići, but the name eventually came to be used for the wider mountainous region after the "Crnojević noble family took power in Upper Zeta.[12]

The aforementioned region became known as ""Old Montenegro" (Stara Crna Gora) by the 19th century to distinguish the independent region from the neighbouring Ottoman-occupied Montenegrin territory of Brda ("the Highlands"). Montenegro further increased its size several times by the 20th century, as the result of wars against the "Ottoman Empire, which saw the annexation of "Old Herzegovina and parts of "Metohija and southern "Raška. Its borders have changed little since then, losing Metohija and gaining the "Bay of Kotor.

The "ISO Alpha-2 code for Montenegro is ME and the "Alpha-3 Code is MNE.[13]


Middle Ages and arrival of the Slavs[edit]

"Jovan Vladimir, the ruler of "Duklja.
1080 AD. The zenith of Dukljan power

In the 9th century, three Serbian principalities were located on the territory of Montenegro: "Duklja, roughly corresponding to the southern half, "Travunia, the west, and "Rascia, the north.[9][10] Duklja gained its independence from the Byzantine Roman Empire in 1042. Over the next few decades, it expanded its territory to neighbouring Rascia and Bosnia, and also became recognised as a kingdom. Its power started declining at the beginning of the 12th century. After King Bodin's death (in 1101 or 1108), several civil wars ensued. Duklja reached its zenith under Vojislav's son, "Mihailo (1046–81), and his grandson "Constantine Bodin (1081–1101).[14] By the 13th century, Zeta had replaced Duklja when referring to the realm. In the late 14th century, southern Montenegro ("Zeta) came under the rule of the "Balšić noble family, then the "Crnojević noble family, and by the 15th century, Zeta was more often referred to as Crna Gora ("Venetian: monte negro).

As the nobility fought for the throne, the kingdom was weakened, and by 1186, it was conquered by "Stefan Nemanja and incorporated into the "Serbian realm as a province named Zeta. After the "Serbian Empire collapsed in the second half of the 14th century, the most powerful Zetan family, the "Balšićs, became sovereigns of Zeta.

In 1421, Zeta was annexed to the "Serbian Despotate, but after 1455, another noble family from Zeta, the "Crnojevićs, became sovereign rulers of the country, making it the last free monarchy of the Balkans before it fell to the "Ottomans in 1496, and got annexed to the "sanjak of "Shkodër. During the reign of Crnojevićs, Zeta became known under its current name – Montenegro. For a short time, Montenegro existed as a separate autonomous sanjak in 1514–1528, another version of which existed again between 1597 and 1614. Also, "Old Herzegovina region was part of "Sanjak of Herzegovina.

Prince-Bishopric of Montenegro and fights against the Ottomans[edit]

Montenegrin refugees during Montenegrin-Turkish war
Old town "Kotor an "UNESCO's "World Heritage Site.

Large portions fell under the control of the "Ottoman Empire from 1496 to 1878. In the 16th century, Montenegro developed a unique form of autonomy within the Ottoman Empire permitting Montenegrin clans freedom from certain restrictions. Nevertheless, the Montenegrins were disgruntled with Ottoman rule, and in the 17th century, raised numerous rebellions, which culminated in the defeat of the Ottomans in the "Great Turkish War at the end of that century.

Montenegrin military strategy was simple but effective: if the Ottomans came with 5,000 soldiers, the Montenegrins were able to withstand the force; if the Ottomans mustered more than the Montenegrins could withstand, the Montenegrins would burn everything, retreat deeper into the mountains, and let the enemy starve.

Montenegro consisted of territories controlled by warlike clans. Most clans had a chieftain (knez), who was not permitted to assume the title unless he proved to be as worthy a leader as his predecessor. The great assembly of Montenegrin clans (Zbor) was held every year on 12 July in Cetinje, and any adult clansman could take part.["citation needed]

Parts of the territory were controlled by "Republic of Venice and the "First French Empire and "Austria-Hungary, its successors. In 1515, Montenegro became a "theocracy led by the "Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral, which flourished after the "Petrović-Njegoš of Cetinje became the traditional prince-bishops (whose title was "Vladika of Montenegro"). However, the "Venetian Republic introduced governors who meddled in Montenegrin politics. The republic was succeeded by the "Austrian Empire in 1797, and the governors were abolished by Prince-Bishop "Petar II in 1832. His predecessor "Petar I contributed to the unification of Montenegro with the Highlands.["citation needed]

Principality of Montenegro (1852–1910)[edit]

"Battle of Vučji Do between Montenegrin and Ottoman Army

Under "Nicholas I, the "principality was enlarged several times in the Montenegro-Turkish Wars and was recognised as independent in 1878. Under the rule of Nicholas I, diplomatic relations were established with the Ottoman Empire. Minor border skirmishes excepted, diplomacy ushered in about 30 years of peace between the two states until the deposition of "Abdul Hamid II.[15]

The political skills of Abdul Hamid and Nicholas I played a major role in the mutually amicable relations.[15] Modernization of the state followed, culminating with the draft of a Constitution in 1905. However, political rifts emerged between the reigning "People's Party, who supported the process of democratization and union with Serbia, and those of the "True People's Party, who were monarchist.

During this period, one of the major Montenegrin victories over the Ottomans occurred at the "Battle of Grahovac. "Grand Duke Mirko Petrović, elder brother of "Knjaz Danilo, led an army of 7,500 and defeated the numerically superior Ottomans who had 15,000 troops at "Grahovac on 1 May 1858. The glory of Montenegrin victory was soon immortalized in the songs and literature of all the South Slavs, in particular the Montenegrins in Vojvodina, then part of "Austria-Hungary. This forced the "Great Powers to officially demarcate the borders between Montenegro and Ottoman Empire, de facto recognizing Montenegro's independence. Montenegro's independence was recognized by Ottoman Empire at "Treaty of Berlin in 1878.

The first Montenegrin constitution was proclaimed in 1855; it was also known as the Danilo Code.

"Siege of Scutari , Ottoman flag surrendered personally to Montenegrin King "Nikola I Petrović-Njegoš

Kingdom of Montenegro (1910–1918)[edit]

Cover of the Italian weekly La Tribuna Illustrata from 1919, titled "Fighting near "Podgorica between Montenegrin army and Serbian rebels"

In 1910, Montenegro became "a kingdom, and as a result of the "Balkan wars in 1912 and 1913 (in which the Ottomans lost all Balkan land), a common border with Serbia was established, with "Shkodër being awarded to a newly created "Albania, though the current capital city of Montenegro, Podgorica, was the old border of Albania and Yugoslavia.

Montenegro was among the "Allied Powers during "World War I (1914–18). From 1916 to October 1918, Montenegro was occupied by Austria-Hungary. During the occupation, King Nicholas fled the country and a government-in-exile was set up in "Bordeaux.

Kingdom of Yugoslavia[edit]

In 1922, Montenegro formally became the Oblast of Cetinje in the "Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, with the addition of the coastal areas around "Budva and "Bay of Kotor. In a further restructuring in 1929, it became a part of a larger "Zeta Banate of the "Kingdom of Yugoslavia that reached the "Neretva River.

Nicholas's grandson, the Serb King "Alexander I, dominated the Yugoslav government. Zeta Banovina was one of nine banovinas which formed the kingdom; it consisted of the present-day Montenegro and parts of Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia.

Liberation of Montenegro from foreign occupation from 1711 to 1918

World War II[edit]

In April 1941, "Nazi Germany, the "Kingdom of Italy, and other Axis allies attacked and occupied the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Italian forces occupied Montenegro and established it as a puppet Kingdom of Montenegro.

"Milovan Đilas, "Yugoslav communist politician, "theorist and author from Montenegro.

In May, the Montenegrin branch of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia started preparations for an uprising planned for mid-July. The Communist Party and its Youth League organised 6,000 of its members into detachments prepared for "guerrilla warfare. The first armed uprising in "Nazi-occupied Europe happened on 13 July 1941 in Montenegro.[16]

Unexpectedly, the uprising took hold, and by 20 July, 32,000 men and women had joined the fight. Except for the coast and major towns (Podgorica, Cetinje, Pljevlja, and Nikšić), which were besieged, Montenegro was mostly liberated. In a month of fighting, the Italian army suffered 5,000 dead, wounded, and captured. The uprising lasted until mid-August, when it was suppressed by a counter-offensive of 67,000 Italian troops brought in from Albania. Faced with new and overwhelming Italian forces, many of the fighters laid down their arms and returned home. Nevertheless, intense guerrilla fighting lasted until December.

Fighters who remained under arms fractured into two groups. Most of them went on to join the Yugoslav Partisans, consisting of communists and those inclined towards active resistance; these included "Arso Jovanović, "Sava Kovačević, "Svetozar Vukmanović-Tempo, "Milovan Đilas, "Peko Dapčević, "Vlado Dapčević, "Veljko Vlahović, and "Blažo Jovanović. Those loyal to the "Karađorđević dynasty and opposing communism went on to become "Chetniks, and turned to collaboration with Italians against the Partisans.

War broke out between Partisans and Chetniks during the first half of 1942. Pressured by Italians and Chetniks, the core of the Montenegrin Partisans went to Serbia and Bosnia, where they joined with other Yugoslav Partisans. Fighting between Partisans and Chetniks continued through the war. Chetniks with Italian backing controlled most of the country from mid-1942 to April 1943. Montenegrin Chetniks received the status of "anti-communist militia" and received weapons, ammunition, food rations, and money from Italy. Most of them were moved to "Mostar, where they fought in the "Battle of Neretva against the Partisans, but were dealt a heavy defeat.

During the German operation Schwartz against the Partisans in May and June 1943, Germans disarmed large number of Chetniks without fighting, as they feared they would turn against them in case of an Allied invasion of the Balkans. After the capitulation of Italy in September 1943, Partisans managed to take hold of most of Montenegro for a brief time, but Montenegro was soon occupied by German forces, and fierce fighting continued during late 1943 and entire 1944. Montenegro was liberated by the Partisans in December 1944.


Montenegro within Socialist Yugoslavia[edit]

Montenegro, like the rest of Yugoslavia, was liberated by the "Yugoslav Partisans in 1944.

Montenegro became one of the six constituent republics of the communist "Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY). Its capital became Podgorica, renamed "Titograd in honour of President "Josip Broz Tito. After the war, the infrastructure of Yugoslavia was rebuilt, industrialization began, and the "University of Montenegro was established. Greater autonomy was established until the "Socialist Republic of Montenegro ratified a new constitution in 1974.["citation needed]

Montenegro within FR Yugoslavia[edit]

"Earthquake 1979 , damage done to Hotel Slavija in "Budva

After the dissolution of the SFRY in 1992, Montenegro remained part of a smaller "Federal Republic of Yugoslavia along with Serbia.

In the "referendum on remaining in Yugoslavia in 1992, the turnout was 66%, with 96% of the votes cast in favour of the federation with Serbia. The referendum was "boycotted by the Muslim, Albanian, and Catholic minorities, as well as the pro-independence Montenegrins. The opponents claimed that the poll was organized under anti-"democratic conditions with widespread propaganda from the state-controlled media in favour of a pro-federation vote. No impartial report on the fairness of the referendum was made, as it was unmonitored, unlike in 2006 when "European Union observers were present.

During the 1991–1995 "Bosnian War and "Croatian War, Montenegrin police and military forces joined Serbian troops in the attacks on "Dubrovnik, Croatia.[17] These operations, aimed at acquiring more territory, were characterized by a consistent pattern of large-scale violations of human rights.[18]

Location of Montenegro within the "Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

Montenegrin General Pavle Strugar was convicted for his part in the bombing of Dubrovnik.[19] Bosnian refugees were arrested by Montenegrin police and transported to Serb camps in Foča, where they were subjected to systematic torture and executed.[20][21]

In 1996, "Milo Đukanović's government severed ties between Montenegro and its partner Serbia, which was led by "Slobodan Milošević. Montenegro formed its own "economic policy and adopted the German "Deutsche Mark as its currency and subsequently "adopted the euro, although not part of the "Eurozone "currency union. Subsequent governments pursued pro-independence policies, and political tensions with Serbia simmered despite the political changes in "Belgrade. Targets in Montenegro were bombed by NATO forces during "Operation Allied Force in 1999, although the extent of these attacks was very limited in both time and area affected.[22]

In 2002, Serbia and Montenegro came to a new agreement for continued cooperation and entered into negotiations regarding the future status of the "Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. This resulted in Belgrade Agreement, which saw the country's transformation into a more decentralised state union named "Serbia and Montenegro in 2003. The Belgrade Agreement also contained a provision delaying any future referendum on the independence of Montenegro for at least three years.


"Montenegrin independence referendum, 2006, celebration in old capital "Cetinje
Mausoleum of "Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, in "Lovćen

The status of the union between Montenegro and Serbia was decided by a "referendum on Montenegrin independence on 21 May 2006. A total of 419,240 votes were cast, representing 86.5% of the total electorate; 230,661 votes (55.5%) were for independence and 185,002 votes (44.5%) were against.[23] This narrowly surpassed the 55% threshold needed to validate the referendum under the rules set by the European Union. According to the electoral commission, the 55% threshold was passed by only 2,300 votes. Serbia, the member-states of the European Union, and the "permanent members of the United Nations Security Council all "recognised Montenegro's independence.

The 2006 referendum was monitored by five international observer missions, headed by an "Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)/"ODIHR team, and around 3,000 observers in total (including domestic observers from "CDT (OSCE PA), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (CLRAE), and the European Parliament (EP) to form an International Referendum Observation Mission (IROM). The IROM—in its preliminary report—"assessed compliance of the referendum process with OSCE commitments, Council of Europe commitments, other international standards for democratic electoral processes, and domestic legislation." Furthermore, the report stated that the competitive pre-referendum environment was marked by an active and generally peaceful campaign and that "there were no reports of restrictions on fundamental civil and political rights."

On 3 June 2006, the Montenegrin Parliament declared the independence of Montenegro,[24] formally confirming the result of the referendum. Serbia did not object to the declaration.

Montenegrin Prime Minister "Duško Marković with NATO secretary-general "Jens Stoltenberg in "Washington D.C. after Montenegro's accession to the alliance on 5 June 2017.

Euro-Atlantic integration in the 21st century[edit]

On 12 July 2011, the Parliament of Montenegro passed the "Law on the Status of the Descendants of the Petrović Njegoš Dynasty that rehabilitated the "Royal House of Montenegro and recognized limited symbolic roles within the constitutional framework of the republic.

In 2015, the investigative journalists' network "OCCRP named Montenegro's long-time President and Prime Minister "Milo Đukanović 'Person of the Year in Organized Crime'.[25] The extent of Đukanović's "corruption led to street demonstrations and calls for his removal.[26][27]

In October 2016, for the day of the "parliamentary election, a "coup d'état was prepared by a group of persons that included leaders of the Montenegrin opposition, Serbian nationals and Russian agents; the coup was prevented.[28] In 2017, fourteen people, including two Russian nationals and two Montenegrin opposition leaders, "Andrija Mandić and Milan Knežević, were indicted for their alleged roles in the coup attempt on charges such as "preparing a conspiracy against the constitutional order and the security of Montenegro" and an "attempted terrorist act."[29]

In June 2017, Montenegro formally "became a member of "NATO, an eventuality that had been supported and opposed by approximately same share of the country′s population[30] and had triggered a promise of retaliatory actions on the part of Russia′s government.[31][32][33]

Since 2012, Montenegro is in "negotiations with the "EU with a view to acceding by 2022.[34]

Geography and environment[edit]

Internationally, Montenegro borders Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo,[a] and Albania. It lies between latitudes "41° and "44°N, and longitudes "18° and "21°E.

Montenegro ranges from high peaks along its borders with Serbia, Kosovo,[a] and Albania, a segment of the "Karst of the western Balkan Peninsula, to a narrow coastal plain that is only 1.5 to 6 kilometres (1 to 4 miles) wide. The plain stops abruptly in the north, where "Mount Lovćen and "Mount Orjen plunge into the inlet of the Bay of Kotor.

Montenegro's large Karst region lies generally at elevations of 1,000 metres (3,280 ft) above sea level; some parts, however, rise to 2,000 m (6,560 ft), such as "Mount Orjen (1,894 m or 6,214 ft), the highest massif among the coastal limestone ranges. The "Zeta River valley, at an elevation of 500 m (1,600 ft), is the lowest segment.

The mountains of Montenegro include some of the most rugged terrain in Europe, averaging more than 2,000 metres (6,600 feet) in elevation. One of the country's notable peaks is "Bobotov Kuk in the "Durmitor mountains, which reaches a height of 2,522 m (8,274 ft). Owing to the hyperhumid climate on their western sides, the Montenegrin mountain ranges were among the most ice-eroded parts of the Balkan Peninsula during the last glacial period.

Satellite view of Montenegro
Name Established Area
"Durmitor National Park 1952 390 square kilometres (39,000 ha)
"Biogradska Gora 1952 54 square kilometres (5,400 ha)
"Lovćen National Park 1952 64 square kilometres (6,400 ha)
"Lake Skadar National Park 1983 400 square kilometres (40,000 ha)
"Prokletije National Park 2009 166 square kilometres (16,600 ha)

Montenegro is a member of the "International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, as more than 2,000 km2 (772 sq mi) of the country's territory lie within the "Danube "catchment area.


The diversity of the geological base, landscape, climate, and soil, and the position of Montenegro on the Balkan Peninsula and Adriatic Sea, created the conditions for high biological diversity, putting Montenegro among the "hot-spots" of European and world biodiversity. The number of species per area unit index in Montenegro is 0.837, which is the highest index recorded in any European country.[36]

Biodiversity outlook


President of Montenegro "Filip Vujanović (right) with President of "Italy, "Sergio Mattarella, Cetinje.

The "Constitution of Montenegro describes the state as a ""civic, "democratic, "ecological state of "social justice, based on the "reign of Law."[39] Montenegro is an independent and sovereign republic that proclaimed its new constitution on 22 October 2007.

The "President of Montenegro ("Montenegrin: Predsjednik Crne Gore) is the "head of state, elected for a period of five years through direct elections. The President represents the country abroad, promulgates laws by ordinance, calls elections for the "Parliament, proposes candidates for "Prime Minister, president and justices of the Constitutional Court to the Parliament. The President also proposes the calling of a "referendum to Parliament, grants amnesty for criminal offences prescribed by the national law, confers decoration and awards and performs other constitutional duties and is a member of the Supreme Defence Council. The official residence of the President is in "Cetinje.

The "Government of Montenegro ("Montenegrin: Vlada Crne Gore) is the "executive branch of government authority of Montenegro. The government is headed by the "Prime Minister, and consists of the deputy prime ministers as well as ministers.


The "Parliament of Montenegro ("Montenegrin: Skupština Crne Gore) is a "unicameral "legislative body. It passes laws, ratifies treaties, appoints the Prime Minister, ministers, and justices of all courts, adopts the budget and performs other duties as established by the Constitution. Parliament can pass a vote of no-confidence in the Government by a simple majority. One representative is elected per 6,000 voters. The present parliament contains 81 seats, with 39 seats held by the "Coalition for a European Montenegro after the "2012 parliamentary election.

Foreign relations of Montenegro[edit]

Embassy of Montenegro in "Warsaw
Embassy of "United States in "Podgorica

After the promulgation of the Declaration of Independence in the Parliament of the Republic of Montenegro on 3 June 2006, following the independence referendum held on 21 May, the Government of the Republic of Montenegro assumed the competences of defining and conducting the foreign policy of Montenegro as a subject of international law and a "sovereign state. The implementation of this constitutional responsibility was vested in the Ministry of "Foreign Affairs, which was given the task of defining the foreign policy priorities and activities needed for their implementation. These activities are pursued in close cooperation with other state administration authorities, the President, the "Speaker of the Parliament, and other relevant stakeholders.[40]

Integration into the "European Union is Montenegro's strategic goal. This process will remain in the focus of Montenegrin foreign policy in the short term. The second strategic and equally important goal, but one attainable in a shorter time span, was joining "NATO, which would guarantee stability and security for pursuing other strategic goals. Montenegro believes NATO integration would speed up EU integration.[40] In May 2017 NATO accepted Montenegro as a NATO member starting June 5, 2017.[41]

"Montenegrin flag flies over the "Bay of Kotor.

Although it only borders "Albania, "Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Croatia, "Kosovo, and "Serbia, Montenegro also counts former Yugoslav republics "Macedonia and "Slovenia as its neighbouring countries, for historical and regional reasons, as well as the neighbours of former Yugoslavia: "Austria, "Hungary, "Romania, "Bulgaria, and "Greece.


An official "flag of Montenegro, based on the royal standard of "King Nikola I, was adopted on 12 July 2004 by the Montenegrin legislature. This royal flag was red with a silver border, a silver coat of arms, and the initials НІ, partly in Cyrillic script (corresponding to NI in Latin script) representing King Nikola I. On the current flag, the border and arms are in gold and the royal cipher in the centre of the arms has been replaced with a golden lion.

The national day of 13 July marks the date in 1878 when the "Congress of Berlin recognized Montenegro as the 27th independent state in the world[42] and the start of one of the first popular uprisings in Europe against the "Axis Powers on 13 July 1941 in Montenegro.

In 2004, the Montenegrin legislature selected a popular Montenegrin traditional song, "Oh, Bright Dawn of May, as the "national anthem. Montenegro's official anthem during the reign of King Nikola was "Ubavoj nam Crnoj Gori ("To our beautiful Montenegro").


Montenegro Armed Forces
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"Montenegrin Navy
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"Military of Montenegro

The "military of Montenegro is a fully professional "standing army under the "Ministry of Defence and is composed of the "Montenegrin Ground Army, the "Montenegrin Navy, and the "Montenegrin Air Force, along with "special forces. Conscription was abolished in 2006.

The "military currently maintains a force of 1,920 active duty members. The bulk of its equipment and forces were inherited from the armed forces of the State Union of "Serbia and Montenegro; as Montenegro contained the entire "coastline of the former union, it retained practically the entire naval force.

Montenegro was a member of NATO's "Partnership for Peace program and then became an official candidate for full membership in the alliance. Montenegro applied for a Membership Action Plan on 5 November 2008, which was granted in December 2009. Montenegro is also a member of "Adriatic Charter.[43]

Montenegro was invited to join "NATO on 2 December 2015 and on 19 May 2016, NATO and Montenegro conducted a signing ceremony at NATO headquarters in "Brussels for Montenegro's membership invitation.[44] Montenegro became NATO's 29th "member on 5 June 2017, despite "Russia's objections.[45]

The government plans to have the army participate in "peacekeeping missions through the UN and NATO such as the "International Security Assistance Force.[46]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Municipalities of Montenegro.

Montenegro is divided into twenty-three "municipalities ("opština), and two urban municipalities, with two subdivisions of "Podgorica municipality, listed below. Each municipality can contain multiple cities and towns. Historically, the territory of the country was divided into "nahije".

Cities in Montenegro[edit]


"Podgorica , most important finance center of Montenegro
"Montenegro uses the "Euro as its national currency.

The economy of Montenegro is mostly "service-based and is in "late transition to a "market economy. According to the "International Monetary Fund, the "nominal GDP of Montenegro was $4.114 billion in 2009. The "GDP PPP for 2009 was $6.590 billion, or $10,527 per capita.[50] According to "Eurostat data, the Montenegrin GDP per capita stood at 41% of the EU average in 2010.[51] The "Central Bank of Montenegro is not part of the euro system but the country is ""euroised", using "the euro unilaterally as its currency.

GDP grew at 10.7% in 2007 and 7.5% in 2008.[50] The country entered a "recession in 2008 as a part of the "global recession, with GDP contracting by 4%. However, Montenegro remained a target for "foreign investment, the only country in the Balkans to increase its amount of direct foreign investment.[52] The country exited the recession in mid-2010, with GDP growth at around 0.5%.[53] However, the significant dependence of the Montenegrin economy on "foreign direct investment leaves it susceptible to external shocks and a high export/import trade deficit.

In 2007, the "service sector made up for 72.4% of GDP, with industry and agriculture making up the rest at 17.6% and 10%, respectively.[54] There are 50,000 farming households in Montenegro that rely on agriculture to fill the family budget.[55]


The Montenegrin road infrastructure is not yet at Western European standards. Despite an extensive road network, no roads are built to full "motorway standards. Construction of new motorways is considered a national priority, as they are important for uniform regional economic development and the development of Montenegro as an attractive tourist destination.

Current "European routes that pass through Montenegro are "E65 and "E80.

The backbone of the Montenegrin rail network is the "Belgrade – Bar railway. This railway intersects with "Nikšić – "Tirana (Albania) at Podgorica; however, it is not used for passenger service.

Montenegro has two international airports, "Podgorica Airport and "Tivat Airport. The two airports served 1.1 million passengers in 2008. "Montenegro Airlines is the flag carrier of Montenegro.

Road network of Montenegro including Motorway section under construction (2015-2019), Main roads and Regional roads

The "Port of Bar is Montenegro's main seaport. Initially built in 1906, the port was almost completely destroyed during "World War II, with reconstruction beginning in 1950. Today, it is equipped to handle over 5 million tons of cargo annually, though the breakup of the former Yugoslavia and the size of the Montenegrin industrial sector has resulted in the port operating at a loss and well below capacity for several years. The reconstruction of the "Belgrade-Bar railway and the proposed "Belgrade-Bar motorway are expected to bring the port back up to capacity.


Montenegro has both a picturesque coast and a mountainous northern region. The country was a well-known tourist spot in the 1980s. Yet, the "Yugoslav wars that were fought in neighbouring countries during the 1990s crippled the tourist industry and damaged the image of Montenegro for years.

"Bay of Kotor at night

With a total of 1.6 million visitors, the nation is the 36th (out of 47 countries) most visited country in Europe.[56]

The Montenegrin "Adriatic coast is 295 km (183 mi) long, with 72 km (45 mi) of beaches, and with many well-preserved ancient old towns. "National Geographic Traveler (edited once in decade) features Montenegro among the "50 Places of a Lifetime", and Montenegrin seaside "Sveti Stefan was used as the cover for the magazine.[57] The coast region of Montenegro is considered one of the great new "discoveries" among world tourists. In January 2010, The New York Times ranked the Ulcinj South Coast region of Montenegro, including "Velika Plaza, "Ada Bojana, and the "Hotel Mediteran of Ulcinj, as among the "Top 31 Places to Go in 2010" as part of a worldwide ranking of tourism destinations.[58]

Montenegro was also listed in "10 Top Hot Spots of 2009" to visit by Yahoo Travel, describing it as "Currently ranked as the second fastest growing tourism market in the world (falling just behind China)".[59] It is listed every year by prestigious tourism guides like Lonely Planet as top touristic destination along with Greece, Spain and other world touristic places.[60][61]

It was not until the 2000s that the tourism industry began to recover, and the country has since experienced a high rate of growth in the number of visits and overnight stays. The "Government of Montenegro has set the development of Montenegro as an elite tourist destination a top priority. It is a national strategy to make tourism a major contributor to the Montenegrin economy. A number of steps were taken to attract foreign investors. Some large projects are already under way, such as Porto Montenegro, while other locations, like "Jaz Beach, "Buljarica, "Velika Plaža and "Ada Bojana, have perhaps the greatest potential to attract future investments and become premium tourist spots on the "Adriatic.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1900 311,564 —    
1909 317,856 +2.0%
1921 311,341 −2.0%
1931 360,044 +15.6%
1948 377,189 +4.8%
1953 419,873 +11.3%
1961 471,894 +12.4%
1971 529,604 +12.2%
1981 584,310 +10.3%
1991 615,035 +5.3%
2003 620,145 +0.8%
2011 625,266 +0.8%

Ethnic structure[edit]

Predominant ethnic group in each municipality of Montenegro, 2011

According to the 2003 census, Montenegro has 620,145 citizens. If the methodology used up to 1991 had been adopted in the 2003 census, Montenegro would officially have recorded 673,094 citizens. The results of the 2011 census show that Montenegro has 620,029 citizens.[62]

Montenegro is "multiethnic state in which no ethnic group forms a majority.[63][64] Major ethnic groups include "Montenegrins (Црногорци/Crnogorci) and "Serbs (Срби/Srbi), others are "Bosniaks (Bošnjaci), "Albanians (Albanci – Shqiptarët) and "Croats (Hrvati). The number of "Montenegrins" and "Serbs" fluctuates widely from census to census due to changes in how people perceive, experience, or choose to express, their identity and ethnic affiliation.[65]


Linguistic structure of Montenegro by settlements, 2011

The official language in Montenegro is "Montenegrin. Also, "Serbian, "Bosnian, "Albanian and "Croatian are recognized in usage. All of these languages, except Albanian, are mutually intelligible. According to the 2011 census, most citizens declared Serbian as their mother tongue. Montenegrin is the majority mother tongue of the population under 18 years of age, although by a very narrow margin- 39.2% comparing to 37.5% of Serbophone citizens.[66] In 2013, "Matica crnogorska announced the results of public opinion research regarding the identity attitudes of the citizens of Montenegro, indicating that the majority of the population claims Montenegrin as their mother tongue.[67] Previous constitutions endorsed "Serbo-Croatian as the official language in "SR Montenegro and the "Serbian language of Ijekavian Standard during the "1992–2006 period.


Religious structure of Montenegro by settlements, 2011

Montenegro has been historically at the crossroads of multiculturalism and over centuries this has shaped its unique form of co-existence between Muslim and Christian population.[68] Montenegrins have been, historically, members of the "Serbian Orthodox Church (governed by the "Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral), and "Serbian Orthodox Christianity is the most popular religion today in Montenegro. The "Montenegrin Orthodox Church was recently founded and is followed by a small minority of Montenegrins although it is not in communion with any other Christian Orthodox Church as it has not been officially recognized.

During the intensified tensions between religious groups during the "Bosnian War, Montenegro has remained fairly stable, mainly due its population having a historic perspective on religious tolerance and faith diversity.[69] Religious institutions from Montenegro all have guaranteed rights and are separate from the state. The second largest religious denomination religion is Islam, which amounts to 19% of the total population of the country. One third of "Albanians are "Catholics (8,126 in the 2004 census) while the two other thirds (22,267) are mainly "Sunni Muslims; in 2012 a protocol passed that recognizes "Islam as an official religion in Montenegro, ensures that "halal foods will be served at military facilities, hospitals, dormitories and all social facilities; and that Muslim women will be permitted to wear headscarves in schools and at public institutions, as well as ensuring that Muslims have the right to take Fridays off work for the "Jumu'ah (Friday)-prayer.[70] There is also a small Roman Catholic population, mostly Albanians with some Croats, divided between the "Archdiocese of Antivari headed by the Primate of Serbia and the "Diocese of Kotor that is a part of the "Church of Croatia.


Education in Montenegro is regulated by the "Montenegrin Ministry of Education and Science.

Education starts in either pre-schools or elementary schools. Children enroll in elementary schools ("Montenegrin: Osnovna škola) at the age of 6; it lasts 9 years. The students may continue their secondary education ("Montenegrin: Srednja škola), which lasts 4 years (3 years for trade schools) and ends with graduation ("Matura). Higher education lasts with a certain first degree after 3 to 6 years. There is one public University ("University of Montenegro) and two private ("Mediterranean University and "University of Donja Gorica).

Elementary and secondary education[edit]

Elementary education in Montenegro is free and compulsory for all the children between the age of 7 and 15 when children attend the "eight-year school".

Various types of elementary education are available to all who qualify, but the vocational and technical schools (gymnasiums), where the students follow four-year course which will take them up to the university entrance, are the most popular. At the secondary level there are a number of art schools, apprentice schools and teacher training schools. Those who have attended the technical schools may pursue their education further at one of two-year post-secondary schools, created in response to the needs of industry and the social services.

Secondary schools are divided in three types, and children attend one depending on choice and primary school grades:

Tertiary education[edit]

Tertiary level institutions are divided into "Higher education" (Više obrazovanje) and "High education" (Visoko obrazovanje) level faculties.

Higher schools (Viša škola) lasts between two and four years.

Post-graduate education[edit]

Post-graduate education (post-diplomske studije) is offered after tertiary level and offers "Masters' degrees, PhD and specialization education.


Our Lady of Philermos the patroness of Montenegro, "Rhodes and "Sovereign Military Order of Malta, one of the first Christian icons, according to legend painted by "St. Luke, "National Museum of Montenegro, Cetinje.
"Our Lady of the Rocks, one example of Roman Catholic architecture in Montenegro.


The culture of Montenegro has been shaped by a variety of influences throughout history. The influence of Orthodox, Ottoman (Turk), Slavic, Central European, and seafaring Adriatic cultures (notably parts of Italy, like the "Republic of Venice) have been the most important in recent centuries.

Montenegro has many significant cultural and historical sites, including heritage sites from the pre-"Romanesque, "Gothic and "Baroque periods. The Montenegrin coastal region is especially well known for its religious monuments, including the "Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in "Kotor[71] (Cattaro under the Venetians), the basilica of St. Luke (over 800 years), "Our Lady of the Rocks (Škrpjela), the "Savina Monastery and others. Montenegro's medieval monasteries contain thousands of square metres of frescos on their walls.

Medieval tombstones "Stećci, "UNESCO World Heritage by 2016.

A dimension of Montenegrin culture is the ethical ideal of Čojstvo i Junaštvo, "Humaneness and Gallantry".[72][73] The traditional folk dance of the Montenegrins is the "Oro, the "eagle dance" that involves dancing in circles with couples alternating in the centre, and is finished by forming a human pyramid by dancers standing on each other's shoulders.


Montenegro's capital Podgorica and the former royal capital of Cetinje are the two most important centres of culture and the arts in the country.


The media of Montenegro refers to "mass media outlets based in Montenegro. Television, magazines, and newspapers are all operated by both state-owned and for-profit corporations which depend on "advertising, "subscription, and other sales-related revenues. The "Constitution of Montenegro guarantees freedom of speech. As a "country in transition, Montenegro's media system is under transformation.

In popular culture[edit]

The setting for "Franz Lehár's 1905 "operetta "The Merry Widow is the Paris embassy of the Grand Duchy of Pontevedro. Pontevedro is a fictionalized version of Montenegro and several of the characters were loosely based on actual Montenegrin nobility.

In "Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1915 novel "Herland, a character discusses little-known countries: "Then there's Montenegro—splendid little state—you could lose a dozen Montenegroes up and down these great ranges."[74]

In "F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel "The Great Gatsby, Gatsby impresses Nick that he has been awarded a World War I medal "for Valour Extraordinary" from Montenegro. Telling Nick, "Every Allied country gave me a decoration — even Montenegro, little Montenegro down on the Adriatic Sea!"[75]

"Nero Wolfe, the eccentric fictional detective created by American writer "Rex Stout, is Montenegrin by birth.[76] One Nero Wolfe novel, "The Black Mountain (1954), takes place in "Tito-era Montenegro.

"The Dark Side of the Sun, a 1988 American-Yugoslavian drama film starring "Brad Pitt about a young man in search of a cure for a dreaded skin disease, was filmed in Montenegro and directed by Montenegrin director Božidar Nikolić.

The first modern official international representation of Montenegro as an independent state was in "Miss World 2006, held on 30 September 2006 in "Warsaw, Poland. "Ivana Knežević from the city of "Bar was the first Miss Montenegro at any international beauty pageant.[77] Both Montenegro and Serbia competed separately in this pageant for the first time after the state union came to an end.

Part of the 2006 "James Bond film "Casino Royale is set in Montenegro,[78] although all of the filming was done in "Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.[79]

"The Big Picture (2010), based on a 1997 "Douglas Kennedy novel, is a French film about a Parisian man who reinvents himself by becoming a photographer in Montenegro. The French name of the film is L'Homme qui voulait vivre sa vie (The Man Who Wanted to Live His Life).

The first scenes of "The November Man (2014) with "Pierce Brosnan are filmed in Montenegro.

Foods from Montenegro


Montenegrin cuisine is a result of Montenegro's long history. It is a variation of Mediterranean and Oriental. The most influence is from Italy, "Turkey, "Byzantine Empire/"Greece, and as well from Hungary. Montenegrin cuisine also varies geographically; the cuisine in the coastal area differs from the one in the northern highland region. The coastal area is traditionally a representative of "Mediterranean cuisine, with seafood being a common dish, while the northern represents more the Oriental.


The Sports in Montenegro revolves mostly around team sports, such as "football, "basketball, "water polo, "volleyball, and "handball. Other sports involved are "boxing, "tennis, "swimming, "judo, "karate, "athletics, "table tennis, and "chess.
Most popular sport is "football. Among many great players from Montenegro were "Dejan Savićević, "Predrag Mijatović, "Mirko Vučinić, "Stefan Savić or "Stevan Jovetić. "Montenegrin national football team, founded at 2006, played in playoffs for "UEFA Euro 2012, which is the biggest success in the history of national team.
"Water polo is often considered the national sport. Montenegro's "national team is one of the top ranked teams in the world, winning the gold medal at the "2008 Men's European Water Polo Championship in "Málaga, "Spain, and winning the gold medal at the "2009 FINA Men's Water Polo World League, which was held in Montenegrin capital, "Podgorica. Montenegrin team "PVK Primorac from "Kotor became a champion of Europe at the "LEN Euroleague 2009 in "Rijeka, "Croatia.

"Podgorica City Stadium, Montenegro fans with national features.
"Nikola Mirotić, professional "basketball player for the "Chicago Bulls of the "National Basketball Association (NBA)

The "Montenegro national basketball team is also known for good performances and had won a lot of medals in the past as part of the "Yugoslavia national basketball team. In 2006, the "Basketball Federation of Montenegro along with this team joined the "International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on its own, following the "Independence of Montenegro. Montenegro participated on two Eurobaskets until now.
Among women sports, "the national handball team is the most successful, having won the "2012 European Championship and finishing as runner-ups at the "2012 Summer Olympics. "ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica won two times EHF Champions League.

"Chess is another popular sport and some famous global chess players, like "Slavko Dedić, are born in Montenegro.

At the "2012 Olympic Games in London, "Montenegro women's national handball team won the Silver medal losing to defending World, Olympic and European Champions, "Norway in an exciting match 26–23. This is also Montenegro's first ever Olympic medal. Less than half a year later the team got revenge by beating Norway in the final of the "2012 European Championship, thus becoming champions for the first time.

Further informations and details about all Montenegrin clubs, club-competitions, their participation in European Cups and Montenegrin national teams are available on the page "Sport in Montenegro.

Public holidays[edit]

Date Name Notes
1 January "New Year's Day (non-working holiday)
7 January "Orthodox Christmas (non-working)
10 April Orthodox "Good Friday Date for 2015 only
12 April "Orthodox Easter Date for 2015 only
1 May "Labor Day (non-working)
9 May "Victory Day
21 May "Independence Day (non-working)
13 July "Statehood Day (non-working)

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