Practical life on site Serbia
Serbia is at the same time as France. Obviously, given the geographic shift to the east, the sun rises and sets earlier.
Electric voltage: 220 V, 50 Hz, as in France. The sockets are identical, with two round pins.
We work a lot in Serbia.
- Banks and post offices open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to Sunday even in Belgrade and larger cities.
- The stores are mostly open from 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. to 20 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to 15 p.m. on Saturdays. Food stores have even more extended hours: 6 a.m. or 20 p.m. or 21 p.m. Monday to Friday, until 18 or 21 p.m. on Saturdays, and 6 a.m. to 14 p.m. on Sundays. Shopping centers open every day from 10 a.m. to 22 p.m. There are even stores open 24 hours a day. The markets open from 24 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- State museums are mostly open from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m. (except Mondays), the less crowded only in summer (April to October). Sunday hours are generally reduced (9 a.m. or 10 a.m. to 14 p.m.); conversely Thursday is often open at night (12 p.m. to 20 p.m.).
The official language of Serbia is Serbian, otherwise decroate. The subject bears the stigma of ethnic conflicts and, with the breakup of Yugoslavia, each of its former republics which have become independent has assumed "ownership" of a language.
Placement and shape of accents, modified letters ... the differentiation processes have often been quite artificial, but they have enabled each person to assert themselves as a people in their own right. At least one point of agreement between all!
DifféYougoslaves (Macedonians excepted) chose the Latin alphabet. Those who work in tourism sometimes speak English, sometimes German, but rarely French.
Mail is doing reasonably well. Which doesn't mean quickly!
- From th From Serbia to abroad: the international network is accessed by dialing 99, followed by the code of the desired country (Belgium: 32, Canada: 1, France: 33, Switzerland: 41) and the correspondent's number, without the initial 0. The three-digit local code (011 in Belgrade) does not have to be dialed when calling from the same area.
Do not be surprised if you call a Serbian cell phone, the numbers have very unequal lengths: from 5 to 12 digits depending on the operators!
Telephone cards can be found in all kiosks and at the post office.
Internet access is not a problem. There are cafes in the main towns and the prices are very affordable.