Wikijunior Europe: Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia (Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Slovene: Jugoslavija or Југославија) was a country in south-eastern Europe in the Balkans region. It was formed by present-day Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Slovenia
History of Yugoslavia
Geography of Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia, from 1954 to 1991, had an area of 255,804 km ². It had a long coast on the Adriatic Sea with numerous islands. The Northeast region was relatively flat, the rest of the country rather mountainous. The highest mountain was Triglav (2864 m, in the Julian Alps near Jesenice, Slovenia). The main rivers were the Danube and its tributaries Drau (Drava), Save (Save) and Morava. The inland areas around present-day Serbia, eastern Croatia and eastern Slovenia are mostly flat, western Slovenia and much of Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro are mountainous.
People of Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia was an extremely diverse country with several languages spoken and many religious groups. Islam, Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Protestantism as well as various Eastern Orthodox faiths were practiced across the country. Most Catholics lived in present-day Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina. Most Muslims lived in Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. Most Orthodox Christians lived in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia. In 1991 over 23 million people lived in Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia was popularly described as consisting of: seven frontiers, six republics, five nationalities, four languages, three religions, two alphabets and one boss. Both the Latin alphabet (the alphabet we use in English) and Cyrillic alphabet (as used in the Russian language) were used. Today the Cyrillic alphabet is only used in Bosnia Herzegovina (mainly in Serbian areas), Serbia and Montenegro.
Sights of Yugoslavia
The islands and beaches of present-day Croatia attracted most of the tourists. Belgrade (Serbia), Sarajevo (Bosnia) and Zagreb (Croatia) attracted many visitors for the culture, nightlife and arts. The Slovenian mountains, Croatian islands and lakes attracted adventure tourists. The 1984 Winter Olympics were held in Sarajevo. Because Yugoslavia tried to remain friendly with both the West (Western Europe and the USA) and the East (Soviet Union and Russian-influenced countries) it was popular with tourists from all over Europe and never closed off to foreigners as with many communist countries.
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