Sovereignty Day of Montenegro in Montenegro in 2024

Sovereignty Day of Montenegro in Montenegro in 2024
Sunset on the lake in Montenegro. Image via Deposit Photos
  How long until Sovereignty Day of Montenegro?
Sovereignty Day of Montenegro
  Dates of Sovereignty Day of Montenegro in Montenegro
2025 Jul 14, Jul 15
MontenegroTue, Jul 15National Holiday (additional day)
MontenegroMon, Jul 14National Holiday
2024 Jul 13, Jul 15
MontenegroMon, Jul 15National Holiday (additional day)
MontenegroSat, Jul 13National Holiday
2023 Jul 13, Jul 14
MontenegroFri, Jul 14National Holiday (additional day)
MontenegroThu, Jul 13National Holiday
2022 Jul 13, Jul 14
MontenegroThu, Jul 14National Holiday (additional day)
MontenegroWed, Jul 13National Holiday
2021 Jul 13, Jul 14
MontenegroWed, Jul 14National Holiday (additional day)
MontenegroTue, Jul 13National Holiday

Marks the day in 1878 on which the Berlin Congress recognized Montenegro as an independent state.

  Local name
Dan državnosti

When is Sovereignty Day of Montenegro?

Montenegrin Sovereignty Day, also known as Statehood Day (Montenegrin: Dan državnosti) is a public holiday celebrated on July 13th.

This holiday commemorates the day in 1878 when the Berlin Congress recognised Montenegro as an independent state. Prior to the independence of Montenegro from Serbia and Montenegro, this day was the National Day of Montenegro.

History of Sovereignty Day of Montenegro

In the 16th century, Montenegro emerged as a semi-autonomous region within the Ottoman Empire. A series of rebellions against Turkish control resulted in Montenegro gaining its independence on July 13th 1878 under the Treaty of Berlin.

Montenegro thus became the 27th independent state in the world, and a principality ruled by Nicholas I. It became a kingdom in 1910, before unifying with Serbia in 1918. It subsequently formed part of Yugoslavia and only regained full independence in 2006.

The date of July 13th has added significance in Montenegro as it was on this day in 1941 that the people of Montenegro began their uprising against the Nazi German occupation during the second world war.

Despite this date marking Montenegro's first independence, it is not Independence Day, which is instead celebrated on May 21st and marks the result of the 2006 referendum for independence from Serbia.

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