Montenegro is a country in South Europe, on the Adriatic coast of the Balkans.
The country’s English name, as well as its original name, Crna Gora, derives from Venetian and translates as “Black Mountain”, deriving from the appearance of Mount Lovćen when covered in dense and dark evergreen forests.
Renowned for its pristine environment and wild natural beauty, harboring fantastic natural wonders from the seaside and lake side coastal areas in the south, to the mountain region in its central and northern parts, Montenegro is widely recognized as high ranking ecological state and top destination for nature and outdoor enthusiasts.
The diversity of the geological base, landscape, climate, and soil, and the position of Montenegro on the Balkan Peninsula and Adriatic Sea, created the conditions for high biological diversity, putting Montenegro among the hot-spots of European and world biodiversity. The number of species per area in Montenegro is the highest in Europe.
Montenegro is a member of the UN, NATO, the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Council of Europe, and the Central European Free Trade Agreement. Montenegro is a founding member of the Union for the Mediterranean. It is also in the process of joining the European Union.