Novi Sad is a typical Central European town. It is the second largest city in Serbia and the administrative seat of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, located in the southern part of the Pannonian Plain of the Central Europe, in the north of the Republic of Serbia.
Novi Sad, and the XVIII century Petrovaradin Fortress, which is sometimes called the Gibraltar on Danube, has been one of the key European geostrategic points for centuries. Different cultures met and permeated each other in it. The people of Novi Sad purchased their city the status of a Free Royal City from Empress Maria Theresa in 1748. The Free City with a good reputation attracted members of different nations and confessions from various social strata. It grew as a multiethnic and multiconfessional community, which remained one of the main features of the City today.
Novi Sad is the city of museums, galleries, cultural monuments, theaters and festivals. It is the seat of Matica srpska, the oldest cultural and scientific institution of the Serbian people, which was founded in 1826 and comprises seven scientific departments, a library of several million publications and rich national gallery collections.
Novi Sad is the city of education and science. The City with rich social life, inextricably linked to the University, pulsating with youthful, mirthful and vibrant atmosphere.
In 2016 Novi Sad was proclaimed as the European Youth Capital 2019 and the European Capital of Culture 2021.