Located at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers and a historical crossroads between the West and the Orient, Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia, which is now an official candidate for membership in the European Union. Since the 19th century, the city has been expanding to the south and east and, after World War II, Novi Beograd (New Belgrade) was built on the left bank of the Sava river, while other small residential communities across the Danube also merged with the city. Belgrade has now a population of 1.23 million, while over 1.65 million people live in its metropolitan area.
Belgrade has two state universities and several private institutions of higher education. The University of Belgrade, founded in 1808 as the "Great School", is the oldest institution of higher learning in Serbia. Having developed with the city in the 19th century, quite a few University buildings are a constituent part of Belgrade's architecture and cultural heritage. With enrollment of nearly 90,000 students, the University is one of the Europe's largest.
The strong technical and scientific curriculum in Serbian universities, extensive cooperation with Western companies throughout the years, and a European work culture have all been factors in allowing the IT industry in Serbia to rapidly develop and Belgrade is the main IT hub of the country.
With a community of over 50,000 IT professionals and more than 3,500 IT graduates per year, Serbia is recognised for engineering talent, excellent English skills, very good connections to European capitals and GMT+1 time zone that makes it a particularly good fit for the delivery of IT projects for clients in the Nordic countries.