Serbia and Yugoslavia-Country Clarification

Updated February 23, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

The Question:

I've found your timeline of Yugoslavia very helpful, but I have a question: Is Serbia considered a country anymore, or is it renamed Yugoslavia? I hear news reporters calling this land by various names and I'm not sure what's what anymore!

The Answer:

Here is more information from our almanac entries on Serbia and Montenegro

The current federation is the third state to call itself by the name Yugoslavia, officially referring to itself as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The United States, however, does not recognize it by that name because it does not consider the Serbian and Montenegrin federation the successor state of Yugoslavia.

(This answer is from 1999, and is now way out of date. See the above links for current information.)

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