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Here are some interesting facts about Montenegro - Category: Introduction - Background: The use of the name Montenegro began in the 15th century when the Crnojevic dynasty began to rule the Serbian principality of Zeta; over subsequent centuries Montenegro was able to maintain its independence from the Ottoman Empire. From the 16th to 19th centuries, Montenegro became a theocracy ruled by a series of bishop princes; in 1852, it was transformed into a secular principality. After World War I, Montenegro was absorbed by the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, which became the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929; at the conclusion of World War II, it became a constituent republic of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. When the latter dissolved in 1992, Montenegro federated with Serbia, first as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and, after 2003, in a looser union of Serbia and Montenegro. In May 2006, Montenegro invoked its right under the Constitutional Charter of Serbia and Montenegro to hold a referendum on independence from the state union. The vote for severing ties with Serbia exceeded 55% - the threshold set by the EU - allowing Montenegro to formally declare its independence on 3 June 2006.

Category: Government - Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Roderick W. MOORE; embassy: Ljubljanska bb, 81000 Podgorica, Montenegro; mailing address: use embassy street address; telephone: [382] 81 225 417; FAX: [382] 81 241 358

Category: People - Death rate (deaths/1,000 population): 8.51 deaths/1,000 population (2008 estimate)

Category: Economy - Unemployment rate (%): 14.7% (2007 estimate)

Category: Geography - Elevation extremes (m): lowest point: Adriatic Sea 0 m; highest point: Bobotov Kuk 2,522 m

Category: Transportation - Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 2; 914 to 1,523 m: 1; under 914 m: 1 (2007)

Category: Communications - Internet users: 280,000 (2007)

Category: Military - Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually: male: 4,426; female: 4,201 (2008 estimate)

Category: Transnational Issues - Trafficking in persons: current situation: Montenegro is primarily a transit country for the trafficking of women and girls to Western Europe for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation; women and girls from the Balkans and Eastern Europe are trafficked across Montenegro to Western European countries; tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List - Montenegro is on the Tier 2 Watch List for its failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat trafficking in persons in 2007; public attention to the issue of trafficking has diminished considerably in Montenegro in recent years (2008)

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  1. Economy - Unemployment rate (%): 14.7% (2007 estimate)

  2. Military - Military branches: Armed Forces of the Republic of Montenegro: Army, Navy (serves as Coast Guard), Air Force (2008)

  3. Government - Independence: 3 June 2006 (from Serbia and Montenegro)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook