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ImageYugoslavia is often perceived as a genuine myth that happened to certain generation of people, who were happy enough to live in those times. There is an eternal debate whether these times were good or bad, but one thing is for sure: Yugoslavia was a country that meant something special. Everything that happened back then was of great proportions, and the hype that was created around Yugoslavia, Tito and the specific lifestyle is unforgettable.

We have compiled a list of 5 reasons why Yugoslavia was amazing country, in order to remind you of those famous times, but as well to provide an insight on the Yugoslavian era for the younger people who weren’t born in SFRY. This list is a mandatory literature for every Yugo-nostalgic.

Yugoslavia was respected by the International Community

After the World War Two, Yugoslavia was deeply devastated and destroyed. But, the country had one of the best organized liberation movements. Thanks to the brave resistance of the Partisans against the occupation forces, the country was widely credited for the ultimate win of the Anti-fascists’ coalition in Europe. President Tito knew how to utilize that position after the end of the war, and Yugoslavia gained immense respect throughout the world.

Tito was capable of achieving perfect balance between the Eastern and the Western block. He was close enough with SSSR as a part of the socialists’ world, but also managed to maintain great relations with the West, especially with the United States. With the establishment of the non-aligned movement, Yugoslavia additionally improved its position as an independent and important country in the world. Moreover, Tito’s personal charisma and diplomatic skills were unbelievable. He was greeted with passion and respect everywhere – from the White House to China. And that was making all the Yugoslavs proud of their country.

Free education and healthcare

Possibly the greatest benefits that the Yugoslavs had in the former country. Every young person in Yugoslavia had the right to study free of charge. Because of that, the education system was more strict and disciplined. The state-owned faculties were very appreciated and produced qualified and professional staff, in comparison with the current situation in the former Yugoslav countries, most of all with the qualifications of the graduates from private universities.

The unique healthcare system was the thing the Yugoslav appreciated most. Often regarded as a “Sweden at the Balkans”, Yugoslavia had health institutions which were properly equipped. The healthcare security provided by the country was a real miracle for the researchers and analysts from the world.

Economic security and decent life

The specific Tito-style socialism enabled the people from Yugoslavia to live decent life, free of serious existential economic crisis. The people were happy because they had a chance to work, build their own houses and buy a car (the popular Zastava models: Yugo, Fico and Stojadin). And with that car, the people were driving all the way down to the beautiful Adriatic coast, where they enjoyed in their summer vacations.

The successful students knew that after the end of their studies, they will have possibility to show their knowledge at some of the state-owned companies. And for the young people that didn’t wanted to continue their education after high school, there were a lot of factories looking for workers. The industrial sector was powerful. It was developed according with the geographical specifics of the different parts of the country. The most developed industrial branches were the metallurgy, food processing, chemicals, machinery, wood processing, textiles, etc.

Memorable sports success

Sport unified the people in the country like nothing else did. No matter if Shaban Trstena from Macedonia wins golden medal at the Summer Olympics, or Jure Franko from Slovenia wins bronze at the Winter Olympics, the whole nation was cheering and celebrating. For the Yugoslavs, the historic sports successes created a feeling of belonging to something positive, and it developed a winning mentality of the nation.

Yugoslavia had great national teams and clubs in many, many sports. The football, basketball and handball were the mainstream sports, but the country was successful in bunch of sports, like Water polo, Athletics, Boxing, Wrestling, Skiing and many other individual or team sports. The dominance in the Basketball Euroleague was amazing. Some say that it was easier to win the Euroleague than the Yugoslav First Basketball league. The presence of the handball and football teams in Europe was also significant – there were years when Metaloplastika and Crvena Zvezda dominated the Euro competitions in the respective sports.

Respect of the diversity and great cultural impact

The societal system in Yugoslavia was formed in a way that the diversity of cultures, traditions and values weren’t destroyed in order to create the Brotherhood and Unity. Every nation enjoyed in its specific traditions, and the ruling Communist Party made a lot of effort to create a common sense for respect of the other cultures within the borders of the country.

Besides the traditions and values that were kept, the mainstream Yugoslavian culture created a lot of urban legends that are still holding their place at the people’s hearts. The theaters and the concert halls were always full. The film production industry was highly progressed, as well as the music sphere, where the historic “new wave” movement of the 80s’ took place. The hippie dresses and long moustaches were a regular part of those famous times. The Yugoslavs were proud with their country. It is a fact that the specific Yugoslavian lifestyle captured the eye of the world. Even today, the “ex-Yu” prefix is often used in the current mainstream cultural happenings in the former Yugoslav countries.

Yugoslavian Times 15.12.2015.

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