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                                         by Graham Rhind



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Serbia does not recognise the independence of Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia on 17th February 2008.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Serbia - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



6 647 003 (2022, excludes Kosovo) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Serbia - Number format


(where , indicates the decimal separator and . the thousands separator)

Serbia - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 9th June 2021

(Note the full stop after the year numerals).

In written Serbian, the 24-hour clock notation is usually used.


Serbia - Languages


   Note: This section last updated 21st June 2017

The national official language is Serbian External (Serbo-Croat). The province of Vojvodina has six official languages: Serbian, Hungarian, Slovak, Romanian, Croatian and Rusyn. The Serbian language written in Cyrillic script is in official use in all 45 municipalities of Vojvodina, while Serbian written in Latin script is in official use in 23 of those municipalities. The Hungarian language is in official use in 29 municipalities, Slovak in 12, Romanian in 9, Rusyn in 6, and Croatian and Czech in 1 municipality each (though Czech is not an official language at provincial level).

There a number of Gheg Albanian External-speakers, mainly near the borders of Kosovo and 450 500 Hungarian External speakers in Vojvodina across the border from Hungary. Also spoken are Romanian External (2-300 000 speakers); Romani External (150 000 speakers in two different forms) and Slovakian External (100 000 speakers).

Serbia - Personal names


Personal names tend to follow the pattern:

   Surname[ ]Given name(s).

Married women typically take their husband’s surname, sometimes added to their own.

   Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Serbia - Company legal forms


Serbian company types include:

   A.D. (А.Д.) - Akcionarsko društvo (Акционарско друштво) - Stock corporation
   d.o.o. (д.о.о.) - Društvo s ograničenom odgovornošću (Друштво с ограниченом одговорношћу) - company with limited liability
   k.d.(к.д.) - komanditno društvo (командитно друштво) - Limited Partnership 
   o.d.(о.д.) - ortačko društvo (ортачко друштво) - General Partnership
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Serbia - Address format


   Note: This section last updated 20th September 2020

Addresses are formatted in this way:

   {thoroughfare type[ ]}Thoroughfare name[ ]number{[ ]sub-building information} 
   {Destination settlement} 
   postal code[ ]POSTAL TOWN 
   Postal Address Code 

For example:


The postal address code (PAK) is not used in post office box, poste restante or military addresses.

If the address is in a different locality to that containing the delivery post office, the name of that locality is written on the line above the postal code/city name, as shown in the example above. If the locality does not contain street names an empty line is left below the recipient name. Military addresses contain Vojna pošta followed by a number instead of a street address line.

For information pertaining to the position of the thoroughfare type in an address, please refer to the chapter on Croatia.

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Thoroughfare types


ul., trg and bulevar (bul). are commonly used thoroughfare abbreviations. B.B. (bez broja) indicates “without number”.

   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Post office box


   Note: This section last updated 24th August 2020

This is written Poštanski Fah, abbreviated to PF; or Poštanski Pregradak, abbreviated to PP .

Serbia - Postal codes


The postal codes consist of a block of 5 digits. The code is the same as that used before Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro left the federation. Serbian codes begin with 1, 2 or 3.

Serbia had planned to replace this code with a new, 6-digit, code, but is instead (possibly for a transition period) using both within the address block. Each 6-digit code, called Postal Address Code (Poštanski adresni kod, PAK) covers a small group of buildings or a single company. The first two digits cover a region of one or several municipalities, the next two digits define the delivery zone. The final two indicate the street, part of street, building or company. This code is written on its own at the bottom of the address block.

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Serbia - Postal code format graphic



Serbia - Postal code format

Serbia - Postal code specifics

Serbia - Postal code regular expression



Serbia - Postal code level of coverage

Serbia - Postal code map

Serbia postal code map Click on image for larger version

image Yugoslavia’s postal code directory 1971

Place names in Serbia


   Note: This section last updated 9th June 2017

Refer to Exonyms in Serbia for full lists of place names in Serbia in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Serbia - Administrative districts


Serbia has 1 nominally autonomous provinces (autonomn pokrajine, singular - autonomna pokrajina): Vojvodina External. This, and Serbia proper, are split into a further 25 districts External (okrugov; singular - okrug), and 1 capital city (show in the list below with an asterisk):

    Beograd External *
    Bor External
    Braničevo External
    Central Banat External
    Danube External
    Jablanica External
    Kolubara External
    Mačva External
    Morava External
    Nišava External
    North Bačka External
    North Banat External
    Pčinja External
    Pećki External
    Pirot External
    Pomoravlje External
    Rasina External
    Raška External
    South Bačka External
    South Banat External
    Srem External
    Šumadija External
    Toplica External
    West Bačka External
    Zaječar External
    Zlatibor External

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Serbia


Serbian fixed line area codes have a length of 2 or 3 digits when called from abroad. Mobile numbers have area codes of 2 digits and a total length of 8 or 9 digits. Mobile numbers have the area codes 60-66, 68-69.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/serbia/admin/ External 20230530

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