European Country Discovery Project

Montenegro

Capital: Podgorica, Montenegro

The flag of Montenegro was adopted in 2004 with the law of the state symbols. It represets the highly Christian virtue of the people and the desire to fight for independence.

Geography

Montenegro is located on the European continent and is surrounded by Albania, Serbia, Boznia, Croatia, Kosovo, and Herzegovina.


Its major landforms are Dermotor mountain range and Mount Orjen


Its major landmarks are Our lady of the Rocks, an artificial island created by bulwark of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships loaded with rocks. Tara River Canyon, and Porto Montenegro.


Major bodies of water are Adriatic sea, Bay of Kotor, River of Drina, River of Tara, and River of Lim. Largest lake is Lake Skadar.


Its major environmental issues include pollution of the coastal waters due to the dumping and emptying of sewage drainage, especially in tourist related areas.

Government

The country is a Republic, citizens elect a group of representatives to make laws.


The current President is Filip Vujanovic and was re-elected in 2013. The prime minister is Milo Dukanoic, leader of the democratic socialist party.


The President is elected into office by popular vote and the prime minister is appointed by the President but he must be approved by parliament.


Citizens are allowed to vote and they must pay taxes.

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Economy

Montenegro is a poor nation, the GDP is only 4.58$ Billion dollars which in comparison to Bosnia which is 18.34$ Billion.


Their currency is dependent on Euros as of 2002.


Their main imports include fuels, lubricants, machinery, electricity, road vehicles, petroleum.


Their main exports include cars, dried legumes, and mainly raw aluminum.


Birth rate is 11 births per 1,000 people


Literacy rate: people over the age of 15 are more likely to be able to read and write.


Drinking water source: Piped water from lakes, streams, and rivers.

Culture

Traditional male clothing: Knee socks, bloom pants, shirt with collar and slit.


Traditional female clothing: Woolen dress, skirt, apron, belt, kerchief, and socks


Moderm wear- The people of Montenegro wear clothing similar to our everyday clothing wear.


Major Languages: Montenegrin and Sebirian.


Holidays- Statehood day, July 13th. Independence day, May 21


Religions: Roman Catholic, Muslim, Protestants, and Judaism.


Food- Kacamak which is buttered potato and corn mill. Also a lamb cooked in milk is a national dish.

Climate

General climate weather conditions include hot, dry summers and cold wet winters. The average yearly temeratures in July is 80 degrees Farenheit and Januray averages 41 degrees Farenheit. Yearly rainfall ranges from 22 to 75 inches. The yearly amount of rainfall helps farmers produce more crops.

Recent History

2002- Economic system changed when the county adopted Euro's as their currency.


2003- President Filip Vujanovic was elected into office as President.

Compare and Contrast

Housing differences: 3.4 people per house with an average square foot of each house being 250 sq. feet. In the U.S. the average house holds 3 people and the average square foot of each house being 2000 sq. feet.


Education differences: In Montenegro children start school at the age of six and attend for 9 years. In the U.S. we start at 5 years old and attend school for 13 years.


Similarities: We both elect leaders through popular vote. Also, we grow and process our own vegetation.