Montenegro is a small country in the western Balkans, now growing into a leading country in beach tourism. Montenegro’s history as a state is not so old but the lands where Montenegro is today once were parts of the Illyrian kingdoms. They were inhabited by the Illyrian tribes of Labeatis and Ardians, most notably by King Agron and Queen Teuta. They were part of the Roman and Byzantine Empires until the Slavic tribes settled in this area and created small kingdoms. Montenegro was not noted for much until the beginnings of the 20th century when it joinedYugoslavia. For the rest of the century it had very close relationships with Serbia. It was declared independent in 2006 and in recent years has begun to develop tourism, becoming a preferred summer destination.
Population: 622,471 | Capital: Podgorica | Language: Montenegrin language | Surface: 13,812 km2