11 Unbelievable Facts About Balkan (INFOGRAPHIC)

For a long time, the Balkans have been known only for wars, corruption and lots of other negative things. In this infographic we are bringing to you the other side of the Balkan States and their contribution to society.This list format has been brought to you by: www.gazetaexpress.com/en/

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    Mother Teresa (Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu) is generally celebrated as the only Albanian to win a Nobel Prize, thought born in Skopje in 1910 (now in Macedonia but then in the Ottoman Empire).

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    Bosnia & Hercegovina

    In 1885, Sarajevo (Capital of Bosnia) was the first city in Europe and the second city in the world to have a full-time electric tram network running through the city, following San Francisco.

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    Bulgarians nod their head up and down to mean 'no', and shake it from side to side for 'yes'.

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    The tie (cravat) today an essential fashion accessory for men and women, was named after an item in the uniform of Croatian soldiers during the 17th century.

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    No one in Greece can choose to not vote. Voting is required by law for every citizen who is 18 or older.

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    Italy invented the macchiato, but Kosovo has perfected it. No matter where you go in Kosovo, you will find a macchiato made much better than the Italians.

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    The Ohrid's lake, located in Macedonia (FYROM) is the oldest lake in Europe, and the deepest in  Balkan. The lake is believed to be 4million years old and has more than 200 endemic species.

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    Ruler of Zeta Djuradj Crnojevic got the printing equipment from Venetia in 1493, only for years after Gutenberg invented modern printing skills.

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    The only gold museum in Europe exists in Central Romania (in the city of Brad), and it showcases rare raw pieces.

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    "Vampire" is the only Serbian word that's accepted worldwide and it looks like this in Cyrillic.

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    In Slovenia, tap water is of good quality and suitable for drinking. You can quench your thirst for free at any public drinking fountain.

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