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Second stop: the North after independence

On the Zabljak mountain plain - Copyright by ESI
On the Zabljak mountain plain

Leaving Podgorica heading north one enters a rather different world. A majority of the Orthodox population here sees itself as ethnically Serb, not Montenegrin.

About a third of the total population of Montenegro - slightly less than 200,000 - live in the North. However, the North contributes only 18 percent to Montenegrin GDP (down from 25.5 percent in 1990). In May 2007 a newspaper found that the budget of the coastal municipality of Budva with only 16,000 inhabitants (EUR 44 million) was higher than the budgets of all 11 Northern municipalities taken together (EUR 42.5 million).

Region

Share of population

Share of GDP

population below poverty line

North

31.5 %

18.0 %

14.9 %

Central

45.1

55.5 %

6.5 %

South

23.4 %

26.5 %

6.8 %

Source: UN Human Development Report 2005

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