Year & Gap: Serbia makes up the north central part of the Balkan Peninsula and is bordered by 8 neighboring countries. Serbia's capital is Belgrade, which is also the largest city. The north of Serbia is very flat but the terrain gets increasingly hilly and mountainous as you head south. The country abounds in rivers, and the longest European river, the Danube, flows through Serbia, linking it to both Central Europe and the Black Sea. The official language is Serbian, which is a Slavic language. Though the traditional Serbian alphabet is the Cyrillic alphabet, the Latin alphabet is also in use. The alphabet has 30 letters and is phonetic, which means that each letter represents one sound. While it is not a prerequisite to speak Serbian we highly recommended that you start to learn Serbian as early as possible.