Liberland

Population 30-40 (2015 est.)
Electricity 230V/50Hz (European plug)
Country code +385
Time zone UTC +1

Liberland is a micronation at the eastern end of the Croatian region of Slavonia.

Understand

Liberland, otherwise the Free Republic of Liberland (Czech: Svobodná republika Liberland), is a self-proclaimed micronation claiming a parcel of land on the western bank of the Danube river between Croatia and Serbia, sharing a land border with the former. It was proclaimed on 13 April 2015 by Czech libertarian politician and activist Vít Jedlička.

The piece of land on which Liberland is situated (locally known as Gornja Siga or just Siga) is claimed by both Croatia and Serbia (the latter being much less aggressive in putting forth this claim), but according to Jedlička, it constituted terra nullius ("no one's land") prior to the proclaimation of Liberland, and belonged to neither, due to an obscure agreement made prior to the changes of the course of the Danube. At 7 sq km (2.7 sq mi), Gornja Siga is larger than the two smallest nations on earth, Vatican City and Monaco (in fact, Siga is only a little smaller than three times the size of those two combined).

Get in

It is not guaranteed one will be able to cross the border as crossing is often prevented by Croatian border guards, although you can still try getting in as the border isn't clearly marked and there is another way getting in from Serbia by boat which is reported to be more convenient.

There are reports of people attempting to enter the area being arrested by Croatian authorities.

By plane

There is no airport in Liberland. However it is possible to fly to Osijek in Croatia as there is an airport serving direct flights from London twice a week, from Zagreb every weekday, from Dubrovnik every Thursday and from Split every Friday. Once you are in Osijek you can take the bus towards Zmajevac (see By bus) or go by car straight into Liberland.

By train

There are no railways in Liberland

By car

It is possible to reach Liberland by car as it is connected to Croatia by road. Please note that it was reported that roads are in bad condition, so it may not be possible to reach Liberland by car — in which case, you will be forced to continue by foot.

By bus

There is no regular bus connection to Liberland; however, you can take a bus from Osijek to Zmajevac and then continue by foot or by bike. Bus connections between Osijek and Zmajevac are very infrequent, though — only twice a week.

By boat

It is possible to reach Liberland by boat from Serbia by crossing Danube river. This is also believed to be the safest way reaching the country.

By LSA assistance

It's possible to arrange help from Liberland settlement association (LSA), when crossing the border. To do so, you must follow the following obligations: - Contact LSA; e-mail: info@liberlandsa.org, phone numbers: +385 99 841 6836, +381 64 4276428, +45 29714935 - Visit LSA base camp in Serbia; From this Serbian village, Bezdan can be reached by taking a road towards the Croatian village Batina. The camp is located right before the Croatian border. It's about 3 kilometres from Bezdan. - After arrival to LSA base camp you will be required to join LSA. This means that you will have to volunteer during your stay.

Please note that LSA can't provide assistance to physically and mentally disabled persons. Persons without a valid passport and medical insurance also won't be given assistance.

Get around

The most convenient way to get around is by car or by foot.

Talk

Official languages in Liberland are Czech and English.

See

There is not much to see in Liberland as the majority of the land is covered by forest. There are reported to be some abandoned chalets and small houses.

Do

Buy

The Liberland Settlement Association sells chilli sauces and rakija (an alcoholic drink of the Balkans) made out of products grown in Liberland.

Eat

If arriving with LSA, food will be provided free of charge; otherwise, bring your own food.

Drink

If arriving with LSA, drinks will be provided free of charge, including alcohol. If you arrive on your own, bring your own drinks.

Sleep

If you are going to sleep in Liberland, bring a sleeping bag or tent. For LSA volunteers accommodation is provided in hotels in Serbia from €10 per person per night. Citizens can use LSA's tents in Liberland.

Work

LSA is currently looking for people with knowledge of Serbo-Croat, holders of driving and boating license and those who can contribute infrastructure. Contact Liberland settlement association for more information.

Stay safe

As mentioned above, some travellers attempting to enter the area are known to get detained and fined by the Croatian authorities, on charges of violating the Croatian border regime and unpermitted entry to the border zone.

Connect

If you arrive by LSA free wi-fi is provided. LSA will also assist with swapping to Croatian or Serbian SIM cards if needed.

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