Montenegro – The best kept secret in the world might be a bit of an exaggeration. But nevertheless there probably is a bit of truth in what Mr Ivan Saljevic from Chamber of Economy of Montenegro said in the beginning of his speech at the business meeting in Stockholm recently. Montenegro, a new country who broke away from Serbia 2006, is probably the most anonymous country in Europe at least, something that Mr Saljevic and the Ambassador to Scandinavia, H E Vladimir Radulovic, are very determined to change as soon as possible.
The meeting between businessmen from Montenegro and Sweden that was arranged by our Chambers of Commerce for Sweden – Southeast Europe, was the first of its kind since the independence. It attracted a large number of Swedish businessmen and several contacts were made in the mingle during the wine tasting session sponsored by Vinia, the importer of Montenegrin wine.
The Ambassador, who is covering Scandinavia from Berlin, sees the Scandinavian countries as models for the Balkan states and how to create a friendly coexistence, and he meant that Montenegro could learn a lot from Sweden. In one way, however, he could see that Montenegro clearly was ahead of Sweden – the Euro currency. At the independence of Montenegro, the Euro was introduced in a thriller-like overnight move of loads of Euro from Germany, all with the support of EU and US in order to not to let Milosovic´ Serbian dinars destabilize the economy in the country.
Besides production of wine and food, tourism is the largest source of income, weighing up for the deficit in trade. And Montenegro is a country well worth visiting and investing in, with some of the Balkan´s most beautiful sites. So do as Dagens Nyheter writes in a recent article – Hurry up to Montenegro! Before it´s becoming too crowded…
More facts about Montenegro can be found on The Montenegrin Promotion Agency´s web site, where you can look up and download country report, information about how to start a business in Montenegro, and lots of other information.
Top left (left to right): Ivan Saveljic, Chamber of Economy of Montenegro, Ambassador Radulovic, Arne O. Olsson, chairman Chambers of Commerce Sw-SEE, Ingela Urtel, Exportrådet.
Top right: Ingela Urtel and Göran Uvner, Editor of this news site, tasting the excellent Montenegrin wine.
Bottom left: Zoltán Kozlovsky, Hungarian embassy and Tibor Szilagyi, Chambers of Commerce Sw-SEE.
Bottom right: Mr Saveljic and Ambassador Radulovic revealing "secrets".