If you have been on MUNPlanet for a while, you must have heard about Belgrade. After all, it is where the headquarters of the best team is located. I am, of course, talking about the MUNPlanet team (which you could actually join if you apply for our fully funded internships) that you, by now, know quite a lot about, but brace yourselves, because you are about to get to know the city of Belgrade as well.
Although it might not be traditionally pretty, its charm and adventurousness make it one of the most happening cities in Europe. Its dramatic past with its memorabilia all around the city in combination with rapid modernization that it is experiencing, Belgrade is lunging towards a brighter future without forgetting its chaotic history. Considering that it was destroyed and rebuilt 40 times, it’s no wonder that one of its features is a rapidly growing startup scene. The city is increasingly being talked about around the world, and more and more young people are thinking about moving here for the various benefits they would receive. Read on for 5 things that prove Belgrade is the city of young people.
1) It's a melting pot!
Yes! In the last decade, Belgrade has become increasingly international. Belgrade, as the capital of the country, is filled with tourists and expats, and a growing number of Belgradians, almost all of the youths, speak English well. International students are not a rarity in the city, and even MUNPlanet has had its share of international interns before. Be sure to read about Emre’s, Frederike’s and Pelumi’s experiences in Belgrade.
2) It is affordable
Compared to the rest of the world, the city has a relatively low cost of living index of 42.75. That is 57.25% lower than in New York (Check and compare the prices of everyday stuff here). Fun fact? Belgrade has 9th Least Expensive Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) in the World! If your ambitions for visiting or moving to Belgrade are entrepreneurial, the good news is the standard rate of corporate tax in 2014 in Serbia is 15% which is one of the lowest in Europe. In addition to lower costs for space and utilities, it is an entrepreneur’s dream come true.
3) A plethora of fun things to do
Often called Little Berlin or the City that Never Sleeps, Belgrade is internationally famous for its exuberant nightlife. There are a plethora of night spots that offer “clubbing to infinity”, as well as clubs literally floating on rivers in the summer months. Apart from the nightlife, the mixture of old-fashioned, socialist blocks, contemporary building and hipster cafes all around ensure fun around the city. To get to know more about Belgrade’s history, tradition and art, free walking tours are available, and you shouldn’t miss out on visiting one of our museums.
4) It is easy to get into the country
Nationals of about 70 countries can enter Serbia without a visa. Foreign passport holders that have a valid Schengen, UK and other Member States’ visa, or visa of the United States of America, and foreign passport holders that have a residence permit in the same areas. These foreign nationals are allowed to enter, transit or stay in Serbia for up to 90 days during a six-month period, if they do not exceed the expiration date of the above mentioned visas or residence permits. To check whether the nationals of your country need visas to enter Serbia, visit this website and select your country.
5) It is a great base for traveling
Throughout history, Belgrade has been fought over for its good position as the crossroads between Europe and Asia. From Belgrade, you can easily get anywhere in the Mediterranean, and even Black Sea, and the international airport has connections to all over the world. Budapest is less than three hours away by car, and if you have to fly somewhere, make sure to check out the cheap RyanAir and Wizz Air flights.
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