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By Mitchell, Laurence
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Capital of the Vojvodina and, with a population of more than a quarter of a million, Serbia’s second largest city, Novi Sad, is a relatively prosperous, commercial, industrial and university town on the north shore of the Danube. Long referred to as the ‘Serbian Athens’, Novi Sad has always been a centre of culture and learning and the atmosphere of its small but elegant city centre seems somehow a little more refined than that of the capital. Instead of looking south and east as Belgrade has historically done, Novi Sad cultural ties are firmly to the north and west.
With a diverse and mixed population of Hungarians, Serbs, Croats and Slovaks, together with a sizeable but rather downcast Roma population, the city’s cultural resonances bring to mind Budapest and Vienna rather than Belgrade or Sarajevo. As one writer has already noted, Novi Sad is the most easterly city in Western Europe, and the most westerly city in Eastern Europe. Famous sons – or rather, daughters – of the city include Mileva Einstein, wife of Albert (the great man himself lived here for a few years before the First World War) and Monica Seles, the tennis star.
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