Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. Belgrade is the central economic hub of Serbia, and the capital of Serbian education and science. Serbia is in South Eastern Europe, between Macedonia and Hungary. The climate is continental (cold winters and hot, humid summers with well distributed rainfall) in the north and continental and Mediterranean (relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall and hot, dry summers and autumns) in other parts. The official language is Serbian. Serbo-Croat was the official state language under socialist Yugoslavia, mainly because Serbian and Croatian are very similar and mutually comprehensible. Since the end of the federation, Serbs and Croats have emphasised the differences between the two languages and are likely to object to the term Serbo-Croat. The Cyrillic alphabet it used, but Latin script is understood by everyone and widely used. Many minority languages such as Albanian, Turkish, Romany and Hungarian are spoken. English is the most common foreign language, particularly in Belgrade; otherwise some people speak German or Italian. Interpreters are easy to find. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Serbia is based mostly on services, which account for about 63% of the GDP. The economy has a high unemployment rate of 14% and a unfavourable trade deficit. Expatriate business dress is formal comprising a jacket and tie for men and suits for women. The security risk for expatriates in Serbia is medium. Risks include petty theft, street, and organised crime. The currency of Serbia is the Serbian Dinar (RSD). Credit cards are accepted in most hotels and shops. ATMs are available and accept most international cards. Medical facilities are generally below international standards. Payment in cash is normally required for treatment. Rabies is common. The population of Belgrade is 1.2 Million (Urban) (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.1% for Serbia as at April 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Serbia is a flat rate of 15%. Rates are a flat rate of either 10% or 15% depending on income level. Expatriates are generally taxed at 15%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Belgrade, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Belgrade as at 1 April 2018 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Very Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Low 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Low Belgrade is for example -18.1% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 6.2% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 1.7% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Belgrade for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Belgrade) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Belgrade is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Belgrade? Register subscribe to your home location and Belgrade and run your personalised reports.