Medieval Roman area

The Zajecar District covers an area of 3,623 km2 around the city of Zajecar in eastern Serbia. It also covers the municipalities of Boljevac, Knjazevac and Sokobanja.

Zajecar is the birthplace of several Roman emperors and contains the biggest Roman archeological site in the region, called Gamzigrad.

There is another important Roman fortress, Sokograd, which is located in the modern spa town Sokobanja, a popular tourist destination surrounded by five mountains and the Moravica River which runs through it.

The economy of the district is based on processing agricultural products, tourism and craftsmanship.


Regional stories

Diabetes incidence in Serbia Reaches Alarming Level
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases, both in Serbia and worldwide. Diabetes occurs when the body can deal with its sugar deposits. This happens if the organism doesn't produce enough insulin, or the system can't use the insulin our bodies produce. According to the World Health Organization, around 350 million people have diabetes. In 2012 1.5 million people died of diabetes, of which more than 80% in low and middle-income countries. 

Institute of Public Health of Serbia released data according to which 12,4% adult population in Serbia suffer from some form of diabetes. 95% of total diabetes cases are type 2...

Bulgarian Border Population Loss Regions
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

The Balkan Peninsula is the European region known for its persistent negative population growth. Beside the largest number of deaths versus births, migration is one of the reasons for decreasing number of residents of the Balkans.

Some of the main demographic indicators related to population quantity are natural increase rate and population change. Natural increase rate is the difference between the number of births and deaths per 1,000 residents. Population change is the difference between the population number in two periods, divided by the earlier one. Population change is represented in percentages. Bulgarian Border Region comprises 23 regions of Bulgaria (11), Macedonia (3), Serbia (7) and Turkey (2).

Unlike many European countries with low or negative natural...