According to APARENTINGBLOG, Montenegrin and Serbian culture are largely intertwined, but in connection with the Montenegrin independence movement in the 21st century, more and more Montenegrins claimed their cultural distinctiveness. They emphasized that they not only have their own language but also their own Montenegrin culture and history separate from the Serbian.
In the mid-19th century, the Bergkransen – the Serbian national epic written by Montenegro’s Principal Bishop Petar II Petrović Njegoš – was widely circulated. Recent Montenegrin writers include the prolific Borislav Pekić, whose novel A Lifeguard’s Defense Figure is available in Swedish (2003).
When literacy was not yet so widespread, troubadours wandered around and performed long poems about dramatic events to accompany a one-string gusle or flute. Today’s Montenegrins like to listen to singers like Sergej jetković and Rambo Amadeus (both can be heard on Spotify online) – the latter was Montenegro’s representative in 2011 in the popular Eurovision Song Contest.
In the many monasteries and churches you will find beautiful old frescoes and icons. Contemporary artists, such as the surrealist Dado Ðjurić and Petar Lubarda, who, among other things, depict Montenegrin history in large oil paintings, can be seen at the art museum in the old capital Cetinje or at the city museum in Podgorica.
According to ZIPCODESEXPLORER.COM, Montenegro is a country located in Europe.Montenegrin film is not yet well developed, but at the Balkan Film Festival, which was performed in several places in Sweden in early 2013, two Montenegrin films were shown: The local vampire, a black comedy by Branko Baletić (2011) and the action movie Spader ace (Drasko Ðjurovic, 2012).
Cooperation on lost war victims
Montenegro is one of five countries to sign an agreement to work together to identify victims of the 1990s war in former Yugoslavia. Around 12,000 of the 40,000 reported missing after the war have still not been found, according to the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP), a non-profit organization that contributes in the identification work with DNA samples and information exchange. The ICMP chief calls the agreement an investment in peace and stability and notes that it is especially important in the current era of “populism and nationalism”. In addition to Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosovo, Croatia and Serbia are included in the agreement.
Journalist Olivera Lakić is shot in the leg outside his home in Podgorica by unknown perpetrators. Lakić has been a long-standing reporter for the Vijesti newspaper, which takes a critical stance on the president. Lakić has been attacked and threatened before and has had police protection for several years. She writes, among other things, about the illegal tobacco industry in Montenegro.
Ðukanović elected president
Milo Ðukanović wins the presidential election in the first round with 54 percent of the vote, against 33 percent for second Mladen Bojanić and 8 percent for third Draginja Vuksanović (SD). Ðukanović, who belongs to the dominant socialist party DPS, supports a predominantly Western-friendly line. Bojanić is an independent candidate, supported by an opposition alliance with a more Russia-oriented orientation. Ðukanović has been Prime Minister of Montenegro on several occasions, both when it was linked to Serbia and after independence in 2006. The turnout is 64 percent.
Explosion attack near journalist’s home
A car bomb explodes near a journalist’s home in Bijelo Polje. The journalist is known for investigative journalism on corruption and organized crime. The car bomb is the seventh in a month, triggering widespread social media protests. Crime levels have been high for a long time, but the ongoing wave of violence with multiple gang murders and assassination fires has also caused refuted Montenegrins to protest.
Ðukanović candidate in the presidential election
Milo Ðukanović announces that he will stand in the presidential election on April 15, with the unanimous support of the Socialist Party’s board. The main opponent is Mladen Bojanić, who is an independent candidate but is supported by the Democratic Front and two other opposition parties. Ðukanović has dominated politics in Montenegro for decades and resigned several times, most recently in the 2016 parliamentary elections.
Presidential elections announced in April
The President announces that the presidential election will be held on April 15, with a possible second round two weeks later. The incumbent President Filip Vujanović, who has served two terms of office since independence in 2006 and cannot stand for re-election.