Montenegro - Country information

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General information about the country

Official name of the country: Montenegro
Form of government: Parliamentary republic
Area: 13,812 km²
Population: 620,000
Official language: Montenegrin
Capital: Podgorica
Population of the capital: 186,000
Important economic and cultural cities: Podgorica, Cetinje, Ulcinj, Bar, Budva, Kotor, Tivat, Herceg Novi, Žabljak, Kolašin

Interesting facts about the country

  1. On the surface of only 13,812 km2 Montenegro enjoys nearly all possible types of scenery!
  2. The Boka Bay is the southernmost fjord in the world.
  3. The canyon of the river Tara is the deepest canyon in Europe
  4. The monastery Ostrog is one of the biggest sanctuaries in the world. It is visited by people of all religions. 
  5. The oldest tree in Europe lives in Bar: the Old Olive Tree is over 2,000 years old. Its volume is about 10m. More than 100,000 olive trees in the municipality of Bar are more than 1,000 years old. 
  6. The Mediterranean spreads as far as the olive tree grows. 
  7. Skadar Lake is the largest lake in the Balkans. 
  8. The surface of Skadar Lake varies from 400 to 525 square kilometers.
  9. All mountain lakes in Montenegro are glacial lakes and are condemned to gradual disappearance.
  10. Only large predatory fish live in Plavsko Lake – five species (huchen, black mudfish, pike, burbot and chub).
  11. The largest specimen of huchen in Montenegro was caught in Plavsko Lake and it weighted 41.5 kg.
  12. There is a phoenix-plant: gentle Ramonda serbica, a flowering plant, protected by law, which grows on the slopes of the mountain of Rumija; even if it is dry it can be revived with first rain. 
  13. The only habitat of the black salamander (Salamadra atra) in Montenegro is on the mountain Bogićevica (Prokletije) at the altitude of 1,952 m above sea level.
  14. From time to time we have colorful rainfalls – yellowish or reddish. Cause: the southern wind brings air from North Africa full of desert dust.
  15. A young Norwegian officer brought the first skis to Montenegro in 1893.
  16. The first bicycle came to Montenegro at the end of the XIX century. 

Top 5 Lists

Top 5 tourist products

  • Passive vacation at seaside – swimming
  • Cultural and historical sites – sightseeing
  • Active vacation – hiking, cycling, etc.
  • UNESCO sites
  • Panoramic roads

Top 5 tourist destinations

  • Kotor
  • Budva
  • Tivat
  • Ulcinj
  • Bar
  • Herceg Novi
  • Zabljak
  • Kolasin

Embassies in China

3-1-12, San Li Tun Diplomatic Compound Beijing 100600
T: + 8610 6532 7610
F: + 8610 6532 7690
F: + 8610 6532 7662
Branko Perović, Ambassador
Vatroslav Belan, I counselor
Marija Martić, II secretary

List of international airports in the country


Contact information

National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro
Bulevar Sv. Petra Cetinjskog 130
81000 Podgorica, Montenegro
Tel: +382 (0)77 100 001
Fax: +382 (0)77 100 009