Serbia Population 2020

8,745,915

Serbia sits between Central and Southeast Europe. Its capital, Belgrade, is one of the oldest cities in Europe and one of the largest in all of Southeast Europe. The 2020 population is estimated at 8.74 million, which ranks 99th in the world. This excludes Kosovo, which has a long-running dispute with Serbia and declared itself independent in 2008.

Serbia Area and Population Density

Serbia is a landlocked nation in southeastern Europe that covers 34,116 square miles (88,361 square kilometers). It is located between the Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean, and Black Seas but is touched by none of them, but shares its borders with Romania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Bosnia, and Hungary. The land itself is broken down into thirds as far as geography, with the northern third being plains, the middle third is made up of hills and rivers, and the southern third is mountainous. Using the 2017 Serbian population of 7.022 million, the population density of the nation 205.8 people per square miles (79.5 people per square kilometer), making it the 95th most densely populated country in the world.

Largest Cities in Serbia

Just over half of the people in Serbia live in or around an urban area, but being that Serbia isn't too large of a country in general, there aren't many large cities. Serbia has only one city with a population of over 1 million: Belgrade, the capital, has about 1.3 million people (1.7 in the metro area). Belgrade a large financial center, not only in Serbia but in the entire region of Southern Europe. It is also a major hub for technology and regional culture. The second and third largest cities are Novi Sad and Niš, both having populations approaching 300,000. Other notable cities with populations over 100,000 include Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Čačak, Zrenjanin-Pančevo, Smederevo, Subotica, and Novi Pazar.

Serbia Demographics

Serbs make up the largest ethnic group in Serbia with 83% of the population, followed by Hungarians (3.5%). There are about 450,000 Romas in the country and 145,000 Bosniaks. Other minorities include Croats, Slovaks, Albanians, Romanians and Bulgarians.

Serbia Religion, Economy and Politics

Serbia is a very predominantly Christian nation, with a very significant 84.59% of the population being Orthodox, 4.97% being Catholic and 0.99% being Catholic. Despite this vast majority, there is no official language of the state and religiously based discrimination is outlawed. The remaining portion of the population is either Muslim (3.10%) or without religion.

The economy in Serbia is largely market-based and relies heavily on manufacturing, exports, and state-owned companies. They have a fairly strong middle-income economy, and the service sector makes up two-thirds of the nation's GDP. The strongest sectors are energy, automobiles, machinery, mining and agriculture, and the primary exports leaving Serbia include automobiles, iron/steel, rubber, agriculture, weapons, and electric/metal products. The capital city of Belgrade is also the economic capital of the country.

Serbia functions as a parliamentary democracy, and the prime minister is the head of the government which is broken up into executive, legislative and judiciary branches. The president is seen as a symbol of national unity and is elected by popular vote for a maximum of 2 five-year terms. the legislative branch is made up of 250 elected deputies that are responsible for enforcing laws, approving budgets, scheduling elections, declaring wars, and ratifying treaties. the judicial branch is made up of a constitutional Supreme court and several smaller court.

Serbia Population History

Serbia has been an independent nation since 1991 after the downfall of Yugoslavia, and applying for EU membership in 2009, which risked severing political ties with Russia- whom they have been historically dependent upon for energy.

Serbia had the largest refugee population in Europe just twenty years ago, accounting for 7.5% of its population. 300,000 people left the country in the 90's, one-fifth of which had a higher education.

Serbia Population Growth

The last official census was conducted in 2011 and excluded Kosovo, which held its own census placing its population at 1.73 million. Serbia itself has been in demographic crisis since the early 1990's with a death rate that still exceeds its birth rate. Serbia, along with Bulgaria, has one of the most negative population growth rates in the world, with one of the lowest fertility rates (just 1.44 children per woman). 1/5 of all households consist of just one person and Serbia has among the 10 oldest populations in the world.

Serbia Population Projections

The slight negative growth of Serbia is expected to continue declining in the years to come and become somewhat more drastic. In the next 30 years, it is projected that the rate of decrease will nearly double from -0.34% in 2020 to -0.61% in 2050. These projections state that the actual number of citizens in Serbia will decrease by more than a million during this time with the population being 8,703,942 in 2020, 8,355,445 in 2030, 7,912,824 in 2040, and 7,447,023 by 2050.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 6 minutes
One death every 5 minutes
One net migrant every 360 minutes
Net loss of one person every 15 minutes

Serbia Population in 2018Source: Dushan worldwide [Public domain or Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Serbia Population Pyramid 2020

Serbia Population by Age

There are 7,100,752 adults in Serbia.

Census Years

Year Date
202131 March 2021
201115 October 2011
200231 March 2002
199131 March 1991

Serbia has been struggling to overcome its population decline, even turning to singles nights, generous maternity leave and cash bonuses for new parents in some towns. Despite its best efforts, Serbia has been unable to reverse this trend, and its population is expected to continue its downward movement for many years.

Official NameRepublic of Serbia
Languages SpokenSerbian
Is LandlockedYes
Latitude/Longitude44.00, 21.00
Currencies UsedSerbia Dinar
DemonymSerbian
BordersBosnia And Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Hungary
Kosovo
Macedonia
Montenegro
Romania
Name Population Location
Belgrade1,273,651Map
Nis250,000Map
Novi Sad215,400Map
Zemun155,591Map
Kragujevac147,473Map
Cacak117,072Map
Subotica100,000Map
Leskovac94,758Map
Novi Pazar85,996Map
Kraljevo82,846Map
Zrenjanin79,773Map
Pancevo76,654Map
Krusevac75,256Map
Uzice63,577Map
Smederevo62,000Map
Valjevo61,035Map
Vranje56,199Map
Sabac55,114Map
Zajecar49,800Map
Trstenik49,043Map

Serbia Population Clock

The population of Serbia (as of 4/2/2020)?8,745,915
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2020)8,737,371
Births Per Day224
Deaths Per Day316
Net Migrations Per Day-4
Net Change Per Day-96
Population Change Since January 1st-8,928

Serbia Population Estimator

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Estimate as of April 2nd 2020 is: 8,745,872

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20208,737,37148.98%51.02%98.8899-0.40%
20198,772,23548.99%51.01%99.2899-0.35%
20188,802,75449.00%51.00%99.6298-0.30%
20178,829,62849.01%50.99%99.9397-0.27%
20168,853,96349.01%50.99%100.2096-0.26%
20158,876,77749.02%50.98%100.4696-0.26%
20108,991,25449.01%50.99%101.7692-0.44%
20059,193,82548.96%51.04%104.0585-0.63%
20009,487,61649.07%50.93%107.3781-0.82%
19959,884,14749.28%50.72%111.86750.76%
19909,517,67549.36%50.64%107.71720.56%
19859,253,40549.43%50.57%104.72700.76%
19808,908,29449.44%50.56%100.82650.95%
19758,497,17049.46%50.54%96.16640.91%
19708,119,86049.43%50.57%91.89640.72%
19657,835,08349.37%50.63%88.67630.73%
19607,556,72749.20%50.81%85.52580.87%
19557,234,92248.95%51.05%81.88561.45%
19506,732,25648.57%51.43%76.19540.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20208,737,37148.98%51.02%98.88990.00%
20258,505,26048.95%51.05%96.26103-0.54%
20308,250,43148.93%51.07%93.37103-0.61%
20357,973,56248.96%51.04%90.24106-0.68%
20407,680,06449.05%50.95%86.92111-0.75%
20457,380,76049.16%50.84%83.53115-0.79%
20507,083,83349.29%50.71%80.17115-0.82%
20556,785,91649.41%50.59%76.80117-0.86%
20606,482,35449.54%50.46%73.36120-0.91%
20656,173,49449.70%50.30%69.87123-0.97%
20705,864,04949.86%50.14%66.36124-1.02%
20755,559,42350.02%49.98%62.92127-1.06%
20805,263,10150.16%49.84%59.56129-1.09%
20854,979,09650.28%49.72%56.35133-1.10%
20904,710,05750.38%49.62%53.30133-1.10%
20954,456,48950.44%49.56%50.44133-1.10%
  1. Statistical Office of Serbia
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  3. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1953, 1961, 1971, 1981, and 1991 censuses, adjusted to reflect the de facto population, the 2002 and 2011 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration. Results from the 2011 census of Kosovo were also taken into account.

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