Southeast Europe: The Bucket List
Southeast Europe: Travel Facts
Main International Airports:
- Greece: Athens
- Turkey Istanbul (for European Turkey)
- Albania: Tirana
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo
- Bulgaria: Sofia
- Croatia: Dubrovnik, Zagreb
- Kosovo: Priština
- Romania: Bucharest
- Serbia: Belgrade
Currency: Greece, Kosovo, and Montenegro use the euro. Turkey uses the lire, although euros and even dollars are widely accepted in some tourist areas. The other countries their own currencies.
Population: Greece: 10.800,000. Turkey 80,000,000. Bulgaria: 7,400,000. Romania: 19,000,000. Albania: 2,800,000. Bosnia and Herzegovina. 3,700,000. Kosovo. 1,700,000. Macedonia: 2,000,000. Montenegro: 625,000. Moldova: 493,000. Croatia: 4,200,000. Serbia: 7,000,000.
Capitals: Athens, Greece; Ankara, Turkey; Sofia, Bulgaria; Bucharest, Romania; Tirana, Albania; Sarajavo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Proshtina, Kosovo; Skopje, Macedonia; Kishinev, Moldova; Podgorica, Montenegro; Zagreb, Croatia; Belgrade, Serbia.
Climate: Mediterranean with a lot of variety inland. Largely mountainous. Hotter and drier in the south. Variably wet and damp in the winter depending on latitude and elevation and exposure to marine weather systems.
Major languages: Greek, Turkish, Serbian, Croatian, Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian and Macedonian, Romanian, Slovene.
More facts: Greece is part of the European Union. Americans need a tourist visas for Turkey (available at most border stations). Check with the U.S. State Department for current regulations for other countries.
Time zone: Standard time is UTC + 2. See World Clock for seasonal adjustments.
Info, links updated February, 2013