Dobrodošli to Serbia

While Serbia is not the most conventional relocation option, it has a lot to offer to an open-minded traveler. With its charming nature, the grand Danube river, the mighty Belgrade fortress with centuries-old walls perfect for a summer-day’s stroll, the snow-covered mountain peaks... Truly, it is one of Europe’s undervalued travel destinations.

Quality of life

A high Human Development Index means that people living in Serbia have a fair life expectancy, decent education and sufficient personal income.

Local vibe

Serbia is a country of rich folklore and history, outstanding food traditions, and buzzing downtown nightlife in bigger cities.

Nature

Rare plants, clear rivers full of lively fishes and soaring mountain peaks: Serbia is home to many unique life forms and truly delightful scenery.

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Key Facts

Located in the heart of the Balkans, Serbia partially lies on the Pannonian Plain. The culture and cuisine combine the influences of Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey and Hungary. Getting a taste of this country’s lifestyle is an unforgettable experience.

7 mln

Population

Belgrade

Capital

Serbian Orthodox

Dominant religion

Serbian

Official language

Serbian dinar / RSD

Currency

Taxes

30%

Income tax

14%

Pension and Disability Insurance contribution

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Salary payments calculated in Euros yet paid in Serbian dinars as required by the state law. 

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Culture

Family, hospitality and religion are important to the Serbian people. There are lots of religious customs and holidays to be observed throughout the year.

The official language is Serbian — the only European language which officially uses two alphabets, Cyrillic and Latin.

National culture finds its reflection in rich folklore, traditional clothing, dances and songs. The architecture is also greatly varied: medieval monasteries abide alongside mosques, medieval or Austro-Hungarian fortresses, and baroque churches.

Climate and Nature

Serbia has no direct access to the sea but can boast a system of beautiful rivers which irrigate the Danubian plain: the Danube, the Tisa, the Sava, and the Morava. Its closest neighbors are Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. 

The northern territories experience cold winters and hot, humid summers while the southern lands have hot, dry summers and heavy snowfalls during the winter. 

23°C

Average summer temperature

3°C

Average winter temperature

228

Average № of clear days per year

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Healthcare

The National Health Insurance Fund allows free healthcare for all residents or residence permit holders. It is sustained by means of taxes which are collected from all the working population of Serbia. 

In recent years, the private healthcare sector is booming due to the growth of the private insurance system. Comparatively low costs, welcoming staff and good percentage of English-speaking medical professionals assure that Serbia gains popularity as a medical tourism destination. 

Special Relocation Program Supported by EPAM

Public Health Insurance for employee and their family. Private Health Insurance for an employee covering outpatient and inpatient treatment, annual check-ups, medicines, physical therapy, ophthalmology, and  pregnancy supervision.  

Discounts on Private Health Insurance for family members. Discount on dental care for the employee. 

Education

Kindergartens

Most of preschool education in Serbia is public and therefore free of charge. Kindergartens accept kids from six months to 7 years, which is primary school age. State-run kindergarten programs include meals, healthcare, and social protection services.

Before a child is sent to school, they should complete a mandatory 9-month preschool program. Pre-school education is available to kids 5 to 6 years old.

There are a number of private international kindergartens with English-based care and tuition programs. Most of them are located in Belgrade. There is also a Serbian-Russian kindergarten in the capital.

Schools

The primary education period in Serbia is 8 years. It is compulsory for every child. To enroll for this program, the child must of eligible age and hold certificate of preschool program completion. Public schools provide primary education free of charge.

The secondary education cycle consists of 4 years of general education, or 2 to 4 years of vocational training.

If you are planning for a long-term stay in Serbia, it is advised to send your child to a local school. Teachers and peers are generally helpful and will help newcomers feel more comfortable with the language and curriculum.

There are a number of international schools in Belgrade offering tuition in English or Russian languages.

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