13 COUNTRIES

Diversity and togetherness between Slavonic people and nations on cultural grounds

13 COUNTRIES UNDER  ONE ROOF

SLAVONIC EUROPE – the International Network for Slavonic Cooperation (INSC) – puts people together via CULTURE in its classical broad sense. Diversity and togetherness are compatible in the long run only if common roots and a common cultural basis exists and if the society is aware of its own cultural heritage.

COHESION THROUGH CULTURAL INTEGRATION

In Europe, the 13 Slavonic countries fulfil these requirements and could thus contribute substantially to an enhanced cohesion of the European continent giving an outstanding and historical example at international level.

In this context, the promotion of Integrative Projects (IP) will play a prominent role in both dimensions: Among the 13 Slavonic countries as well as between Eastern and Western Europe and beyond.

BELARUS

Belarus, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, is known for its grand fortifications and primeval forests. In the modern capital, Minsk, the Museum of the Great Patriotic War commemorates the country’s role in WWII and the city is also home to many churches, including the neo-Romanesque Church of Saints Simon and Helena.

Capital: Minsk
Area‎: ‎207 600 km²
Population: 9 498 700
Currency: Belarusian ruble
Official languages: Belarusian, Russian

President: Alexander Lukashenko

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe. Its countryside is home to medieval villages, rivers and lakes, plus the craggy Dinaric Alps. National capital Sarajevo has a well preserved old quarter, Baščaršija, with landmarks like 16th-century Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque. Ottoman-era Latin Bridge is the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which ignited World War I.

Capital: Sarajevo
Area: 51 197 km²
Population: 3 829 000
Currency: Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark
Official languages: Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian

President: Dragan Čović

BULGARIA

Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers, including the Danube. A cultural melting pot with Greek, Slavic, Ottoman, and Persian influences, it has a rich heritage of traditional dance, music, costumes, and crafts. At the foot of domed Vitosha mountain is its capital city, Sofia, dating to the 5th century B.C.

Capital: Sofia
Area: 110 994 km²
Population: 7 265 000
Currency: Bulgarian lev
Official languages: Bulgarian

President: Rumen Radev

CROATIA

Croatia is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing more than a thousand islands, it’s also crossed by the Dinaric Alps. Its inland capital, Zagreb, is distinguished by its medieval Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and diverse museums. The major coastal city Dubrovnik has massive 16th-century walls encircling an Old Town with Gothic and Renaissance buildings.

Capital: Zagreb
Area: ‎56 542km²
Population: 4 253 000
Currency: Croatian kuna
Official languages: Croatian

President: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

CZECH REPUBLIC

The Czech Republic, in Central Europe, is a country that’s known for its ornate castles, native beers and long history. Prague, the capital, is home to grand 9th-century Prague Castle, a preserved medieval old town and statue-lined Charles Bridge. Český Krumlov, a small town in the South Bohemia region, is notable for its wealth of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, many of which house restaurants and shops.

Capital: Prague
Area: 78 866 km²
Population: 10 200 000
Currency: Czech koruna
Official language: Czech

President: Miloš Zeman

MACEDONIA

Macedonia is a landlocked Balkan nation of mountains, lakes and ancient towns with Ottoman and European architecture. The capital, Skopje, is known for its sprawling Old Bazaar quarter and historic buildings turned museums, including the National Gallery of Macedonia, housed in a 15th-century Turkish bath complex. The southern city Ohrid, on a lake of the same name, has a medieval townscape and hilltop castle.

Capital: Skopje
Area: 25 713 km²
Population: 2 107 000
Currency: Macedonian denar
Official languages: Macedonian

President: Gjorge Ivanov

MONTENEGRO

Montenegro is a Balkan country with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. The Bay of Kotor, resembling a fjord, is dotted with coastal churches and fortified towns such as Kotor and Herceg Novi. Durmitor National Park, home to bears and wolves, encompasses limestone peaks, glacial lakes and 1 300m-deep Tara River Canyon.

Capital: Podgorica
Area: 13 812 km²
Population: 621 383
Currency: Euro
Official language: Montenegrin

President: Filip Vujanović

POLAND

Poland is an eastern European country on the Baltic Sea known for its medieval architecture and Jewish heritage. In the city of Kraków, 14th-century Wawel Castle rises above the medieval old town, home to Cloth Hall, a Renaissance trading post in Rynek Glówny (market square). Nearby is the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp memorial, and vast Wieliczka Salt Mine, with underground halls and tunnels.

Capital: Warsaw
Area: 312 679 km²
Population: 38 530 000
Currency: Polish złoty
Official languages: Polish

President: Andrzej Duda

RUSSIA

Russia, the world’s largest country, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. It’s famous for Moscow’s Bolshoi and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky ballet companies. St. Petersburg, founded by Russian leader Peter the Great, has the baroque Winter Palace, now housing part of the State Hermitage Museum’s art collection.

Capital: Moscow
Area: 17 075 200 km²
Population: 143 500 000
Currency: Russian ruble
Official languages: Russian

President: Vladimir Putin

SERBIA

Serbia is a country on southeast Europe’s Balkan peninsula with northern plateaus and mountains with ski resorts to the south. Capital city Belgrade is home to Communist-era architecture and Kalemegdan Park, site of Belgrade Fortress, held successively by the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Stari Grad, the old city, is home to 19th-century mansions, plus opera and ballet at Narodno Pozorište (national theater).

Capital: Belgrade
Area: 88 361 km²
Population: 7 164 000
Currency: Serbian dinar
Official languages: Serbian

President: Aleksandar Vučić

SLOVAKIA

Slovakia is a central European country known for its dramatic natural landscape and many castles. Near the Austrian border, capital city Bratislava features a pedestrian-only Old Town with a lively cafe scene. Rising on a hill above the Danube River, Bratislava Castle houses a branch of the Slovak National Museum, with displays ranging from Roman artifacts to 20th-century arts and crafts.

Capital: Bratislava
Area: 49 035 km²
Population: 5 414 000
Currency: Euro
Official languages: Slovak

President: Andrej Kiska

SLOVENIA

Slovenia, a country in Central Europe, is known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes. On Lake Bled, a glacial lake fed by hot springs, the town of Bled contains a church-topped islet and a cliffside medieval castle. In Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, baroque facades mix with the 20th-century architecture of native Jože Plečnik, whose iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) spans the tightly curving Ljubljanica River.

Capital: Ljubljana
Area: 20 273 km²
Population: 2 060 000
Currency: Euro
Official languages: Slovene

President: Borut Pahor

UKRAINE

Ukraine is a country known for its Orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline and forested mountains. Its capital, Kiev, features the gold-domed St. Sophia’s Cathedral, with 11th-century mosaics and frescoes. Overlooking the Dnieper River is the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery complex, a Christian pilgrimage site housing Scythian tomb relics and catacombs containing mummified Orthodox monks.

Capital: Kiev
Area: 603 500 km²
Population: 45 490 000
Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia
Official languages: Ukrainian
Recognised regional languages: Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Crimean Tatar, Gagauz, German, Greek, Hungarian, Karaim, Krymchak, Moldovan, Polish, Romani, Romanian, Russian, Rusyn, Slovak, Yiddish

President: Petro Poroshenko