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A country admired for its natural resources full of forests, mountains and vast plains, Serbia has much beauty. It is a country that is rich in heritage with some stunning examples of historical castles, monasteries and fortresses as well as the architectural delights in the ancient capital of Belgrade. This gateway city is the country’s beating heart and offers its guests a welcome that extends to all…for business and for pleasure.
In this guide, we take a look at the prostitution and pornography laws of Serbia as well as dissecting the porn viewing trends of a nation. We also examine the culture of sex in Serbia including some interesting statistics about the populations bedroom habits.
Sex in Serbia
Serbia is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe that has multiple borders with nations like Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Croatia. With a population of around 7.1 million people, it is the 18th largest nation in the continent.
The Serbian people are often regarded, internationally, as one the most hospitable nations on Earth and its people are considered enigmatic, passionate and charming but with a dark sense of humour. They have a strong sense of kinship and of national identity. The Orthodox Church plays an important role in society and, despite many younger generations of Europe turning their back on religion, the Serbian congregations are a real mix of ages.
It’s capital, Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has long been recognised as an important gateway between the East and the West within the continent. This divergence of cultures can also be seen in its people.
They are a proud and defiant population where the culture of ‘inat’ is strong. A Serbo-Croatian word meaning obstinance, the Serbs take inat to a new level and you stand a better chance of being able to manipulate a Serbian than you do of spinning straw into gold. When faced with a choice of cake or death, and you want them to choose cake, most Serbs would rather choose the latter. This resolute adherence to set-ways of thinking and self-will does make the nation rather traditionalist and, in some respects, quite conservative.
In a global survey of sexual attitudes, trends and appetites commissioned by Durex, Serbia proves itself to be less adventurous than many of its European neighbours and ranks as being fairly conservative in its experiences, attitudes and practices.
The average age to lose your virginity (across those nations quizzed) was calculated as being 17.3 years old. In Serbia, this was slightly older at 17.6 years old; this was one of the oldest ages for first-time sex recorded in Europe. The highest was in Italy where the average age was 18.1 years old. Compare this to Scandinavia where Swedes and the Danish were sexually active from 16.1 years.
However, Serbs did record a slightly higher than average number of sexual partners with 10.1 (the global average was 9). In Turkey this number is 14.5 whilst Slovakians notched up just 5.4.
When asked their views on sex, Serbs were given the following statements to see if they agreed:
|Statement||Serbia||Global Average||Highest %||Lowest %|
|I’m happy with my sex life.||46%||44%||Belgium 57%||China 22%|
|I’m open minded about my sex life.||36%||45%||Poland 76%||Japan 20%|
|I’m confident about asserting my needs with my partner.||19%||41%||Netherlands 64%||Serbia 19%|
|I like experimenting with different sex aids.||10%||22%||USA 40%||Thailand 8%|
|I like to be inspired and look for new ideas.||41%||39%||Austria 60%||Japan 10%|
|I do not have a high sex drive.||10%||7%||China 17%||Portugal 2%|
|I wish I had sex more frequently.||27%||36%||Norway 53%||India 19%|
|My sex life is monotonous.||4%||7%||China 17%||Portugal 3%|
Based on these results, we can summarise that although the Serbs may be less open-minded and the least confident about asserting their desires, they are generally happy with their sex lives. Certainly, very few Serbs regard their sex lives as monotonous and only one in four wish they had sex more often. We can also conclude that sex toys are probably not big sellers in Serbia.
In fact, it was reported that far fewer Serbians own sexual aids and enhancers than the global average:
|Sex enhancers owned…||Serbia||Global Average||Highest %||Lowest %|
|Vibrators||7%||22%||Taiwan 47%||India 3%|
|Penis Rings||3%||6%||Taiwan 21%||Sweden 1%|
|Penis Sleeves||1%||2%||Austria 12%||Serbia 1%|
|Love Balls||3%||5%||Austria 12%||India 1%|
The report also summarised the average frequency of sex in Serbia and the nation fared very highly, ranking in third place with 128 times per year, behind Greece (138) and neighbours, Croatia (134). The global average was 103 times per year with the bottom of the table being the busy Japanese clocking up just 45 times per year on average. Surprisingly, the lowest ranking Europeans were the Swedes at 92.
And, where are the Serbs having all this sex? The survey found that, outside of the bedroom, the most common place for Serbians to have had sex was in the car with 62% of people admitting that they had done so (vs 50% as a global average). The other most popular places were:
- In their parent’s bedroom – 57% of Serbians vs 36% (global average).
- Toilets – 53% of Serbians vs 39% (global average).
- At a park – 43% of Serbians vs 31% (global average).
- On the beach – 38% of Serbians vs 28% (global average).
- At a party – 32% of Serbians vs 27% (global average).
- In an alleyway – 21% of Serbians vs 14% (global average).
- At work – 20% of Serbians vs 15% (global average).
- In the garden – 19% of Serbians vs 22% (global average).
- In front of a camera – 17% of Serbians vs 12% (global average).
- In a club – 12% of Serbians vs 12% (global average).
- At school – 7% of Serbians vs 10% (global average).
- On public transport – 5% of Serbians vs 7% (global average).
- On an aeroplane – 1% of Serbians vs 2% (global average).
The diversity of places where Serbians have had sex is pretty comprehensive and, with the exception of schools and aeroplanes, is higher than the global average. In fact, just 11% of Serbians had not had sex in one or more of these places compared with 22% of people worldwide.
By contrast to this range of sexual locations, the Serbs are less adventurous than other nations in terms of the experiences they have had with fewer people on average having experienced any of the following:
|Sexual Experiences||Serbia||Global Average||Highest %||Lowest %|
|Extra marital affair||17%||22%||Turkey 58%||Israel 7%|
|Threesome||13%||15%||Australia 28%||India 4%|
|Gay/Lesbian experience||8%||12%||Australia 22%||Japan 4%|
|Sadomasochism||3%||5%||China 13%||Vietnam 1%|
|Tantric sex||3%||7%||Thailand 33%||Turkey 1%|
|Bondage||19%||20%||UK 37%||Vietnam 2%|
|Sex with a vibrator||9%||23%||Australia 46%||Vietnam 4%|
In fact, the only thing that Serbians excelled at when it came to sexual experiences was anal sex where 41% of Serbs had tried it vs 35% globally.
Sex education in Serbia is quite poor and historically there has been no formal curriculum for the subject. Instead, the mechanics of reproduction and some matters of sexual health have been dealt with in Biology and Physical lessons. However, a pioneering change to the system was first introduced in 2013 in northern Serbia when 10 high schools formed part of a pilot scheme to introduce a more comprehensive approach to the subject. Since then, the roll-out to a national level has been slow but is starting to be more progressive with LGBT lifestyles being added to the curriculum materials in 2017.
When it comes to unprotected sex, the Durex study reported that 53% of Serbians had had sex without a condom whilst not knowing their partners sexual history. This was slightly higher than the global average of 47% but much lower than those randy Scandis. The figure was highest in Norway where almost three out of four people (73%) had had unprotected sex.
0% of Serbian women polled reported an unplanned pregnancy under the age of 16 whilst just 2% reported one between the ages of 17 and 18. In fact, 79% of women had never had either a unplanned pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease; this is broadly on par with the global average of 79%. By contrast, only 28% of Chinese women could report the same whilst 91% of German women reported a clean bill of sexual health and no mishaps with surprise pregnancies.
Adult Industry in Serbia
Pornography is fully legal in Serbia and, as long as both the consumer and the participants are over the age of 18, there are no legal ramifications.
Despite the fact that porn is legal, the adult film industry in Serbia is relatively small and does not garner any degree of popular fame unlike the stars of the U.S. It has been well-documented that many of the ‘stars’ of Serbian porn films are low paid ‘domestic’ porn actors. Many are sourced from rural locations where their small fees are a necessity to afford the basics rather than earning for luxuries.
The 2007 documentary film directed by Mladen Djordjevic, Made in Serbia, detailed the conditions of the porn industry in his home country, revealing that male actors received around €50 per movie with women receiving double; a far cry from the fees paid in other parts of Europe and, indeed, America.
Though filmed over a decade ago, the situation remains the same and most of the talented performers would rather travel to Hungary, for instance, where fees are several times higher than in Serbia per scene.
As a result, there is a lack of funding and investment within the industry in general and, as a result, the quality of pornographic films coming out of Serbia is very low.
In general, pornography is used by around two out of five people in Serbia (39%) which, when compared to the global figure of 41%, is about average. 22% of Serbs also own erotic literature which is exactly the same as the global average. By contrast, 59% and 40% of Croatians own pornography and erotic literature.
Top Serbian Adult Industry Stars
Anđela Mitkovski (known as Nensi Fensi, or Fancy Nancy, during her adult film career) is perhaps the most famous porn actress from Serbia. She started making porno films in 2010 but gave it up in favour of a career in rap/hip-hop music in 2017. Incidentally, she is also the most viewed porn actress in Montenegro.
As well as Mitkovski, fellow porn actresses from Serbia, include Emma Alba and Riley Knight. Perhaps the more famous (though not as popular) is Cherry Kiss, a 5’ 8” all-natural star who was born in Belgrade in 1992. She has made over 80 movies, starting her career in Budapest. One of her first films (Cherry Kiss, A Serbian Porn Star) was made with the director Slobodan Stankovic and sold really well across her home country. However, it did cause problems with her family life and she had to quit filming for a period until things settled down. Once they did, she returned to studio productions, this time in Slovenia, where she excelled in most genres including bondage, fetish, hardcore and anal.
According to XVideos, the top porn stars from Serbia (by video views and global rankings, ever) are as follows:
|Performer||Total Video Views||European Ranking||World Ranking|
|Coco De Mal||69,539,406||340||1,357|
Serbia has produced a lot of nude and glamour models including some popular European Playboy stars:
- Monika Kis – Glamour model
- Karolina Jovanovic – Playmate of the Month for the first Serbian edition of Playboy
- Irena Then – Playmate of the Month for German edition of Playboy (August 2011)
- Natalia Thanou – Adult model
- Una Grujic – Serbian nude model
- Dina Prelevic – Nude model
- Jasmina Trifunova – International Playboy model
- Ivana Mladovic – Playmate of the Month for Czech edition of Playboy (July 2011)
- Karolina Umicevic – Nude model
- Martina Rajic – Playmate of the Month for both Serbian and Macedonian Playboy
There are, however, several dozen Serbian nude models that are popular in the Balkans.
Prostitution Laws in Serbia
Buying sex in Serbia is legal but selling it is not. If caught, prostitutes run the risk of imprisonment with sentences of up to 30 days being given out. Clients, on the other hand, do not face any form of prosecution, however pimping, trafficking and profiting from the sex work of another individual are all illegal. Pimping can incur prison sentences of up to five years.
In 2017, proposals were tabled to regulate and legalise the industry with full support from both local government as well as the Serbian Radical Party; as yet, there are no plans to follow these through to formal legislation.
Despite this, prostitution is reasonably common in Serbia and the escort business in Belgrade in particular is a busy one. The last few years have seen the authorities clamping down on the industry with large-scale action being targeted at the hotels in the capital city.
It is estimated that there are (conservatively) around 4,000-6,000 prostitutes working in Serbia although some observers estimate this figure to be closer to 20,000-40,000.
Outside of the main cities, there is very little prostitution with small pockets usually only being accessible to the Serbian community.
Serbia: Porn Viewing Trends
Internet giants, Pornhub, produce annual statistics about the global viewing trends by country and, in 2016, Serbians were keen to watch a lot of homegrown porn. The top ten search terms were as follows:
- Step Mom
- Serbian Amateur
- Step Sister
In fact, relative to the rest of the world, Serbians were far more likely to be looking at Serbian porn than in any other part of the world.
The most popular adult film industry stars viewed from within Serbia were all American though with some diversity of ethnicity:
- Lisa Ann
- Mia Khalifa
- Kim Kardashian
- Asa Akira
- Brandi Love
The average duration of a visit to the site from Serbia was a full minute shorter than the global average but Serbian women represent a huge proportion of the traffic relative to the rest of the world. 35% of visitors to Pornhub in 2016 were female vs 26% (global average). The only other European nation to top this was Moldova.
Finally, although Serbia’s population ranks it just 94th in the world in terms of size, by traffic volume to Pornhub, the country is ranked 45th. Impressive!
Serbia has quite a lot of traffic to porn and cam sites with the most 50 popular adult websites in the country having 8 mainstream sex sites (information by Alexa.com):
- Live Jasmin – 16th most visited site from within Serbia
- Bonga Cams – 17th most visited site from within Serbia
- Txxx – 19th most visited site from within Serbia
- Pornhub – 20th most visited site from within Serbia
- XHamster – 23rd most visited site from within Serbia
- XNXX – 40th most visited site from within Serbia
- UPornia – 42nd most visited site from within Serbia
- XVideos – 49th most visited site from within Serbia
Top Serbian Porn
Despite being relatively amateur in production, Serbian porn is popular in other Balkan countries such as Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia.
You can find the best amateur Serbian porn via the larger tube hosting sites such as:
It is worth checking out the porn produced which features the Serbian adult film star, Cherry Kiss, and you can find some of her best scenes on some of the premium websites. However, you can also get some free teasers and trailers first using popular channels like Pornhub.
LGBTQ in Serbia
There is no doubt that the situation for LGBTQ rights in Serbia has been vastly improved over the last few decades and in 2017, the first openly gay member of public office was made Prime Minister; after Iceland’s Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir she was only the second female to be an LGBT head of government.
This is a marked contrast to only a few years previously when Amnesty International identified the country as being one of where there was a marked lack of effort within government to tackle homophobia. This conclusion was partly reached due to the fact that numerous Pride marches had been banned by the authorities who cited the threat of violence from anti-gay groups as being a cause.
Until only recently, in 2002, the LGBTQ community had no specific protection in law against any form of discrimination but this changed when the National Assembly enshrined the Broadcasting Law to prevent media agencies from promoting hate, violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation. This was followed by changes to labour, education and youth laws which also added this stipulation in their respective legislation. A 2009 unified anti-discrimination bill also protects transgendered citizens as well as those who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
Homosexuality has only been legal since 1994 with the age of consent being equalised in 2006 and is now 14 along with heterosexuals. However, same-sex marriage is deemed to be unconstitutional in Serbian law which, along with many Eastern European nations, states that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Same-sex civil unions and domestic partnerships are not explicitly prohibited. Therefore there are proposals in the pipeline to allow for legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.
Serbians who are transgender may legally change their gender once they have completed surgery (as specified by the Government); however, transsexualism is still classified as a mental disorder by Serbia’s health system.
Members of the LGBTQ community may serve openly in the military though recruitment and advertisement campaigns have not widely been promoted to clarify this.
On paper there is much to commend the progress made in Serbia to further the rights of the LGBTQ community, yet it is though that as many as 90% of people oppose the Pride parades held in Belgrade. Furthermore 70% of the community say that they are exposed to psychological violence and harassment.
In practice, the legal protection offered the community is believed to be inconsistent and weak and combined with the lack of reliable data on hate crimes has led to inconsistent information as to the true extent of discrimination.
The latest polls conducted by the ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) in 2017 reveal that whilst more than half of Serbians (59%) believe that gay, lesbian and bisexual people should enjoy the same rights as heterosexual people, almost one in four (24%) do not. A further 21% of people believed that people who are in same-sex relationships should be ‘charged as criminals’.
The situation, whilst improving, is far from ideal and reflects a conflict of polarised opinion. The majority of liberal-thinking Serbs are open-minded and tolerant when it comes to the LGBTQ community but there is still a healthy minority of people who have, or support, more conservative views. There is also no ignoring the presence and influence of far-right and nationalist groups who continue to make public their threats on the LGBTQ communities of Serbia.
Belgrade continues to have an annual Pride festival which it has held for the last four years since 2014; previous marches and attempts to hold these events have failed or been sabotaged since the first Pride Day in 2001 which met with violence and protestation.
Top Classified/Personals Sites in Serbia
Online dating and using personals in Serbia to hook up is not as popular as in other European countries and the vast majority of advice would far more recommend hitting the bars and clubs than using an app or a hook up site. However, the ubiquitous Tinder is starting to gain some traction in cities like Belgrade and even though most users are thought to be tourists, it can still throw up some interesting matches. Just be aware that Tinder in Eastern Europe is not primarily a ‘hook-up’ app but more of a way to meet potential partners.
Take it from those who have experience, the best chance of picking up a girl in cities like Belgrade is by that time-honoured tradition of the great ‘chat-up’. However, this will depend on where you go as English is not widely spoken.
The most popular five websites in the ‘Relationships and Dating’ category visited by Serbians (data sources from SimilarWeb) are:
- Flirt Café (German version)
- OK Cupid
Other popular free personals sites where you can register a profile and browse other members, include:
Just bear in mind that most of these sites will require a premium subscription to get the best functionality from them.
It is worth mentioning at this stage that despite being a bit 1990s to many in the West, Serbia still does good business in the ‘Eastern European mail-order bride’ stakes. As such, you can still stumble across plenty of scammers and fake profiles on a lot of the free dating sites.
Two popular premium dating sites in Serbia are Karike and Flirtic; the former attracts an average of 150,000 visits per month with visitors spending up to 15 minutes online and hitting around 20 pages per visit. The latter gets a similar number of visits and page hits but with users spending around a third of the time online.
Both sites are more like social networks than simple dating sites and offer both lonely hearts and casual daters the opportunity to connect.
We will conclude the personals section with an interesting fact; 53% of Serbians have had a one night stand which is higher than the global average of 44% and is higher than in the neighbouring country of Croatia.
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