Novi Sad

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Novi Sad is the capital of the autonomous province of Geneva in Serbia. It has a long and fascinating history. The first settlers came here during the Stone Age. Later, the Celts came and established a fortified city. The era of Roman rule did not pass away from the future of Novi Sad. Romes invincible legions had taken over the fortress, and new, stronger fortifications were built in its place. The Roman fortification fell in the fifth century under the attacks of the Huns, but was later restored by order of the rulers of Byzantium under the name of Peter the Baptist.

From Byzantium, the Hungarians owned the Roman fortification and called the place Peter the Baptist. In the seventeenth century, the Serbs settled on the opposite side of the coast. This was due to a ban on right-wing Serbs from settling in the Hungarian Catholic part of the city. With the easy hand of the empress Maria Theresa, the village was called New Garden. From then on, the two settlements were united. In 1848, during the Austrian Rebellion, the town was severely damaged, but rebuilt very quickly. Novi Sad was once called the Serbian Athénées because of its great cultural and economic importance to Serbia. The local inhabitants were known as skillful traders and merchants. With independence, Novi Sad became the center of the war region. In the twentieth century, the city went through periods of prosperity and hard times. The last crisis was in 1999, when the city was hit by HATO. Since the end of the war, Novi Sad has developed again as the economic and cultural center of Serbia. An enormous number of public and private museums tell an extraordinary story of all aspects of the lives of the people who lived there from the earliest times to the twenty-first century. There are art galleries with a wonderful collection of both Serbian and foreign artists. An important tourist attraction is the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which, among other things, hosts music festivals every year. New Garden is also one of the educational centers – it is home to a university, one of the best in Serbia.

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  • Air quality: 94 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Religious
  • Population: 290,000 people
  • GDP: $5,426 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 28 Mbps
  • Best wireless: Telenor
  • Pay without cash: Yes, cards OK almost everywhere
  • Tipping: Tipping is not obligatory in Serbian restaurants, but if you are satisfied with the service then leave a 10 to 15% tip. At bars and with taxis leave a tip by rounding off the amount.
  • Apartment listings: Halooglasi
  • Apartments: Airbnb
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  • Best taxi: CarGo
  • Best coworking space: Pionirska
  • Online electronics shop: WinWin
  • Best hospital: Clinical Center of Vojvodina
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Wizz Air
  • Best intl air carrier: Air Serbia
  • Monthly costs for expat: $850
  • Monthly costs for family: $1200
  • Monthly costs for local: $340
  • Meal: $5.5
  • Small Cola: $0.6
  • Beer 1 Pint: $2
  • Coffee: $1.1

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