The next major tournament in European women's handball will be hosted by Serbia, in the centre of the Balkan peninsula. Serbia will host the women's EHF EURO Final Tournament after succesfully organising the Men's EHF EURO Final Tournament in January 2012.
The south-eastern European country boasts a long handball tradition, experience in organisation and a strong national team.
The Final Tournament that will take place from 4th to 16th December 2012 will also be a good opportunity for handball fans to discover a beautiful country offering thousands of sights to see, programmes and great experiences.
Fans arriving from all over Europe will not be short of entertainment before or after the games at the EHF EURO event.
Find some useful info on the organising country and plan your visit in advance.
Serbian resistance to Ottoman domination, latent for many decades surfaced at the beginning of 19th century with the First and Second Serbian Uprising in 1804 and 1815. The Turkish Empire was already faced with a deep internal crisis without any hope of recuperating.
This had a particularly hard effect on the Christian nations living under its rule. The Serbs launched not only a national revolution but a social one as well and gradually Serbia started to catch up with the European states with the introduction of the bourgeois society values.
Resulting from the uprisings and subsequent wars against the Ottoman Empire, the independent Principality of Serbia was formed and granted international recognition in 1878.
This period was marked by the alternation of two dynasties descending from Djordje Petrovic - Karadjordje, leader of the First Serbian Uprising and Milos Obrenovic, leader of the Second Serbian Uprising.
Further development of Serbia was characterized by general progress in economy, culture and arts, primarily due to a wise state policy of sending young people to European capitals to get an education.
They all brought back a new spirit and a new system of values. One of the external manifestations of the transformation that the former Turkish province was going through was the proclamation of the Kingdom of Serbia in 1882.
In the second half of 19th century Serbia was integrated into the constellation of European states and the first political parties were founded thus giving new momentum to political life.
The coup d'etat in 1903, bringing Karadjordje's grandson to the throne with the title of King Petar I opened the way for parliamentary democracy in Serbia.
Having received a European education, this liberal king translated "On Freedom" by John Stewart Mile and gave his country a democratic constitution. It initiated a period of parliamentary government and political freedom interrupted by the outbreak of the liberation wars.
The Balkan wars 1912 - 1913, terminated the Turkish domination in the Balkans. Turkey was pushed back across the channel, and national Balkan states were created in the territories it withdrew from.
The assassination of Austrian Crown Prince Franc Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914, served as a pretext for the Austrian attack on Serbia that marked the beginning of World War I.
The Serbian Army bravely defended its country and won several major victories, but it was finally overpowered by the joint forces of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria, and had to withdraw from the national territory marching across the Albanian mountain ranges to the Adriatic Sea.
Having recuperated on Corfu the Serbian Army returned to combat on the Thessalonike front together with other Entante forces comprising France, England, Russia, Italy and the United States.
In world War I Serbia had 1.264.000 casualties - 28% of its population (4.529.000) which also represented 58% of its male population - a loss it never fully recuperated from.
This enormous sacrifice was the contribution Serbia gave to the Allied victory and the remodeling of Europe and of the World after World War.
Official name: The Republic of Serbia
Capital: Belgrade (Beograd), with a population of 1,6 millions, is the administrative, economic and cultural centre of Serbia
Language: The official language is Serbian and the script in official use is Cyrillic, while Latin script is also used. In the areas inhabited by ethnic minorities, the languages and scripts of the minorities are in official use, as provided by law
Area: 88,480 square kilometres
Climate: Temperate continental climate, with a gradual transition between the four seasons of the year
Religion: The main religion in Serbia is Christian Ortodox. There are also other religious communities in Serbia: Islamic, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and other
Government: Democratic republic. Current president of Serbia is Tomislav Nikolić
Established: July 13, 1878
Currency: Serbian Dinar (RSD)
Time zone: GMT +01:00
Telephone prefix: +381
Internet domain: .rs
National anthem: God of Justice
National motto: "Samo Sloga Srbina Spašava" (Only unity saves Serbs)