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The mountainous Montenegro was the least of the six sub-republics that made up Yugoslavia. The country became independent only in 2006, when it broke out of a union with Serbia after a referendum. Montenegro has a coast towards the Adriatic and is politically open to Western Europe as a candidate for membership in the EU.
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Geography and climate

Montenegro in the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe was the smallest of the six sub-republics that were part of former Yugoslavia. It has been an independent state since June 2006.

Montenegro means "Black Mountain" and the country is mountainous as its name implies. Durmitor in the northwest, which is part of the Dinaric Alps, has mountain peaks over 2,500 meters and here the Tara River has simultaneously created Europe's deepest ravines. The country has a coast of almost 20 km along the Adriatic. Around the capital Podgorica a plains landscape is spreading. This extends down to Skadarsjön, which forms a large part of the border with Albania. The plain continues up towards the Gulf of Kotor, Europe's southernmost fjord, near the border with Croatia.

The interior of Montenegro has an inland climate with cold winters and hot, humid summers with evenly distributed rainfall. On the coast there is a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and relatively mild winters.

Geography and climate of Montenegro

FACTS - GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE

Surface

13 812 km2 (2018)

Time

Swedish

Adjacent country (s)

Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania

Capital with number of inhabitants

Podgorica 195,500 inhabitants (2015)

Other major cities

Nikšic (70,800 inhabitants), Pljevlja, Bar (2015)

Highest mountain

Bobotov Kuk (2523 meters above sea level)

Important rivers

Tara, Moraca

Largest lake

Lake Skadar

Average Precipitation / month

Podgorica 18 mm (July), 147 mm (Nov)

Average / day

Podgorica 26 °C (July), 5 °C (Jan)

2016

November

New government ready

November 28

One month after the parliamentary elections, Parliament approves a new government under Duško Marković from the DPS. This happens since the 42 members from the parties that are part of the government coalition vote for; the 39 members of the opposition parties are boycotting the new parliament, as they feel that there has been voting fraud in the election. They also demand that the trips around the alleged (and averted) coup attempt be investigated before taking their seats in Parliament. In addition to the DPS, the new government also includes the small Left Party SD (Social Democrats) and three small parties representing the Bosnian, Albanian and Croatian minorities. By contrast, the largest ethnic minority group, the Serbs, is in opposition.

October

Ðukanović leaves

October 25th

Ten days after the parliamentary elections, the DPS decides to nominate Duško Marković as a candidate to become new prime minister, provided the party gets together a working majority in parliament. This means that after his long tenure in power, Milo Ðukanović leaves politics (he has, however, done so before, but returned, and during his absence ruled the scenes; it is also said that he will now continue as party leader). Marković, who is close to Ðukanović, has been Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Intelligence Service.

The Socialist Party wins the parliamentary election

October 16

The ruling Democratic Socialist Party (DPS) gets 41 percent of the vote, giving 36 of the 81 seats in Parliament. The Democratic Front (DF) and the Key Coalition receive 20 percent (18 seats) and 11 percent (seats) respectively. The turnout is just over 73 percent. Opposition parties claim that cheating has occurred in the election.

Failed coup attempt is revealed before the election

15 October

Authorities state that a terrorist attack was averted when around 20 people were arrested the day before the parliamentary elections. A group led by a former commander of the Serbian special forces should have planned an attack on people gathered outside the parliament building to find out the election results. The plan is to take over Parliament and install "an appropriate party" and arrest Prime Minister Milo Ðukanović.

September

Albanian alliance before the election

September 20

For the first time, the three largest Albanian parties in Montenegro decide to come together in a coalition ahead of the October parliamentary elections. The three - Forca, the Union of Albanians (UDSH) and the Albanian Alternative Party - thus hope to be better able to preserve the Albanian identity, protect and promote the Albanian language and national symbols, strengthen education in Albanian and bring about decentralization as well as an improvement of the Albanians. social and economic conditions in the country. According to the 2011 census, the Albanian minority constitutes just under five percent of Montenegro's population.

August

Violent worker protests

August 30th

Police meet with former employees of the KAP aluminum plant, who for several days demonstrated outside the parliament in Podgorica for proper severance pay.

June

Protest against the Minister of Education

June 14

The pro-Serbian opposition party SNP wants to dismiss Education Minister Predrag Bosković, since the country's first-time pupils received their grades printed only in Latin letters and not in Cyrillic, which the SNP considers discriminatory. Montenegro has one official language (Montenegrin) but four more "in official use" (Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian and Albanian, the first three basically the same language as Montenegrin) and two alphabets (Latin and Cyrillic). Since independence in 2006, the language and writing issues have often led to trouble. (See also Population and Languages.)

Gang war in Kotor

June 8

Firing of rival drug gangs causes the Prosecutor to set up a special force to deal with the violence in Kotor. The city is on UNESCO World Heritage List and is important for the tourism industry in Montenegro. Over the past three months, six armed drug-related clashes have taken place in Kotor, former residence of "Balkan cocaine king" Darko Šarić, sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug smuggling (see Serbia: July 2015).

Tips on journalist murder are rewarded

June 2

Interior Minister Goran Danilović announces a reward (later set at one million euros) to anyone who can provide new information in the twelve-year-old murder of journalist Duško Jovanović. Jovanović was editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper Dan and had been threatened to death several times before he was murdered in 2004. An athlete received 19 years in prison for the murder in 2015, but those behind this are still free. Interior Minister Danilović is one of the new ministers who joined the government following a settlement between the ruling party DPS and the opposition in May.

May

Government reform approved

May 19th

By almost two-thirds majority, Parliament approves Prime Minister Milo Ðukanović's proposal for government reform ahead of the "free and fair elections" scheduled for October 2016. The new 21-man government includes ministers from Ðukanović's DPS, Bosnian, Albanian and Croatian minority parties and three opposition parties in Parliament. (See also January 2016).

One step closer to NATO

May 17

Nato signs the protocol that makes Montenegro a member of the organization as soon as the 28 member states have ratified it.

Corruption judgment against high politicians

May 17

In the ongoing comprehensive investigation of corruption and abuse of power in the city of Budva (see August and December 2015), the detained former President of the now disbanded Union of Serbia and Montenegro, Svetozar Marović, reaches a settlement with the Special Court for Organized Crime and Corruption for a shorter prison sentence (three years and eight months) against telling him where the € 15 million that disappeared from Budva's budget has taken the road. Marović is suspected to have been the leader of organized crime in the city and several of his close relatives are already in prison.

March

Royal visit

March 18th

British follower Charles and his wife Camilla come to Montenegro as part of an official tour of the Balkans. The purpose of the visit is to promote peace and reconciliation in the region.

February

Agreements should block out migrants

February 25th

Foreign and home ministers from nine Balkan countries, including Montenegro, as well as Austria, enter into an agreement to coordinate efforts to limit migrant flows with reference to security, integration challenges and resource scarcity. Criticism comes from Greece, where many migrants are now getting stuck.

NATO negotiations begin

February 15

The formal talks will start in Brussels and the hope is that Stoltenberg will conclude them during the year (see also December 2015).

January

Ðukanović manages a vote of confidence

January 27

Since Milo Ðukanović himself asked Parliament to hold a vote of confidence if his government votes 42 of the total 81 members for continued confidence in the disputed prime minister and his DPS-led government. (see Political system). This happens after the small opposition party Positive Montenegro chooses to support him against the promise of being included in the government. At the same time, Ðukanović's long-standing gunman Ranko Krivokapić, the Speaker of Parliament and party leader of the SDP coalition partner, is jumping off and voting against the government. The vote is held after three days of lively debate, preceded by large, popular demonstrations.

 

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