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The Nisava District covers an area of 2,729 km2 around the administrative center of Nis, but also including the towns of Aleksinac, Svrljig, Merosina, Razanj, Doljevac and Gadzin Han.

Nis is the biggest industrial center of the region with several large and old manufactures, but most of them suffer in the modern Serbian economic environment. Nis is also the third largest city in the country after Belgrade and Novi Sad. It was an important town for centuries. It used to be the Roman town Naissus, the birthplace of the emperor Constantine the Great and after him is today named the nearby international airport.


Regional stories

Serbian Wine Regions - Negotinska Krajina
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

Negotinska Krajina is a region located near the Serbian border with Bulgaria and Romania. The fertile ground of the region is elevated between the 60 and 480 meters. The Danube river flowing along the border, makes this region's climate stable, and also provides more sunshine due to the river's mirror effect. With such favorable conditions it's no surprise this region was known to grow grapes since the ancient times. The region of Bor, where Negotinska Krajina is situated is in the top 3 regions in Serbia by grape production, with more than 30,000 tons of grapes annualy.  

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Balkan Transport Network Modernization
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

On August 27th, 2015 Western Balkans Summit took place in Vienna. European institutions announced 200 million euro grant for co-financing 10 energy and transportation projects. The total value of the projects is estimated to be around 600 million euros. This infrastructure projects will only include Western Bakans countries in the process of EU integration - Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Albania and Macedonia. 

When it comes to Bulgarian border regions, the road network is the longest in Serbian region of Pčinja (2,746 km). Some of the Bulgarian border regions will participate in the EU grants project. Some of the investment will be focused to road sections from Niš to Priština, and from...

Rural Areas Healthcare in Balkans
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

Rural medicine is an interdisciplinary field of health care in rural areas. It incorporates a number of fields such as sociology, midwifery, nursing and economics.

Health care and need of the rural population differs from urban in many ways. Rural residents are usually pooper than the urban, and more likely to live under the poverty level line. This directly affects their lifestyle. Also, rural population usually consists of fewer working-age population. The health care needs of the children and the elderly differ significantly from those of the working age population. 

According to the National Statistical Institute of Bulgaria and...