Belgrade is the former capital of Yugoslavia and remains the capital of Serbia. Sitting at the junction of the Sava and Danube Rivers, its core (on the east bank) sits on low hills contrasting with the flatlands around it. Low mountains rise to the south.
1.2 million (about the same as Dallas, Texas)
A rickety machine of pro-European democrats runs the city, badly weakened by Serbia’s forced acquiescence to Kosovo’s independence. The ultranationalist, ultra-Orthodox group Obraz mounts protests and riots over Kosovo, gay rights, and Western interference.