People asked me a lot of silly questions about Serbia. Unfortunately, the most common ones are not at all about my country. They are about Siberia.
- Oh, it’s really cold in your country, right?
- Do you speak European?
- Serbia? You mean Siberia. In English it’s pronounced Si-be-ri-a. Repeat after me: Si-be-ri-a.
- Serbia is right next to Brazil, right?
- Do you speak Russian?
- Why are you so pale if you are from Baghdad? Oh, Belgrade. Are you sure it’s not Baghdad?
- Do you drink a lot of vodka?
- How much snow do you have during summer?
- Have you met Putin?
The Republic of Serbia is a country in the Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central part of the Balkans. Population is around 8 million people, of which around 2 million live in Belgrade, the capital.
Siberia is a large region constituting almost all of North Asia and makes up about 77% of Russia’s territory. Siberia is a home to around 40 million people.
So, let’s answer some of those questions.
Yes, it gets cold in Serbia, but we also have hot summer. We have all 4 seasons. During winter it usually goes down to -15 °C, but during summer it usually goes over 35 °C.
No, we do not speak Russian. We speak Serbian. We have both Cyrillic and Latin alphabet. For example: Hello can be written as Здраво and Zdravo.
We do drink a lot of vodka, but it has nothing to do with our origin. We just like it, just like any other nation does. Our national drink is rakija with 40 to 60% of alcohol. It is mostly made out of plums or apricots.
And the last answer is: no, I haven’t met Putin. Yet.