According to the annual publication “Regions 2019” of the State Statistical Office, the estimated Serbia’s population in mid-2019 stood at 6,945,235 and the average age of a Serbian citizen was 43.3.
The data showed that nearly a quarter of citizens live in Belgrade (24.4%). And all the other indicators show that there is still a considerable gap between the north and south of the country.
Last year, people in Serbia spent most of their money on food and soft drinks, and the least on health, culture and entertainment. As expected, the Belgraders earned the most, while the lowest wages were recorded in the south and east of the country. The average monthly income of households was lower than the personal consumption expenditure – 66,880 dinars compared to 67,099 dinars.
If we look at the family structure, the majority of people in Serbia are married couples with children (1,040,177), followed by married couples without children (600,724), with just over 116,000 registered de facto couples.
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It is also interesting to note that Serbia has 291,522 single mothers and 76,435 single fathers. Most mothers live alone with their children in Belgrade while most single fathers live in Vojvodina. The majority of married couples are in Šumadija and Western Serbia while many de facto couples live in Vojvodina.
Vojvodina is also mentioned in the publication as the region with the highest number of marriages (9,726), but also with the highest number of divorces. The country’s north has the largest number of people with higher education, while most people without formal education or with an elementary education live in the region of Šumadija and Western Serbia.
The average net salary last year was 54,919 dinars, up 8.4% compared to the previous year. As expected, the highest average salary was in Belgrade – 68,140 dinars. The highest employment growth was recorded in the capital, as well as the lowest unemployment rate. The lowest wage increase was recorded in Vojvodina.
The publication mentions other interesting data. Last year 24,803 apartments were built in Serbia, with an average size of 79.1 square metres. There are just over two million cars in the country.
Most of the tourists stayed overnight in Šumadija, only 67.8% of households are connected to the public water grid and only 48.2% to the public sewage system in southern and eastern Serbia. Last year, compared to 2018, the number of heads of cattle and pigs increased while the number of sheep, goats and poultry decreased.
Of all films shown in Serbia, foreign films had a share of over 80%. 48.5% of theatres are amateur, about 37% professional, while the rest are children’s theatres. Last year, 10,056 children’s book titles were published. Two-thirds of the radio and TV stations are private.
(Vecernje Novosti, 18.10.2020)
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