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Who wants to marry a Jagodinci? Winning hearts (and 3,000 Euros) in Serbia

My kuma brought about 10 weeks’ worth of gossip magazines, so I could catch up on all the “important” news back home. America has a serious addition to reality shows/contests about dating. It all started with “Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?” and moved on to “Temptation Island,” “The Bachelor,” and my favorite, “Flavor of Love.” But little did my kuma know that Serbia has its own dating contest, right in the southeast municipality of Jagodina.

According to a Tanjug article that muz forwarded (and I can’t find online), Mayor of Jagodina Dragan Markovic “Palma” is recruiting 600 local women over 38 years old to go to an unnamed seaside resort to mingle with some of Jagodina’s 700 bachelors until September. If a couple with one partner over 38 years old gets married, they will receive 3,000 Euros.

Mayor Palma is noted for his efforts to increase the local birth rate. According to the article, this is “part of [his] action of fighting the white plague carried out by Jagodina.” I have no idea what the white plague is, but it doesn’t sound very good.

I don’t know much about Jagodina except that their flag is pretty adorable,

and that the name stems from the word strawberry. (It seems I can’t escape strawberries these days.) So if you’re over 38, Serbian, and looking for that special someone (or just a beach vacation), take a trip to Jagodina. And bring a camera: Hello! Serbia needs new material too…



6 responses

  1. Seka

    White plague is more known by a different name of Sub-replacement fertility and it means that total fertility rate is not high enough to replace an area’s population. We don’t have enough babies in Serbia, that is the problem in a nutshell 🙂

    May 31, 2011 at 9:59 am

  2. Thanks for that. I was hoping it was something innocuous…

    May 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm

  3. Kelly

    So glad to hear you got your fill of gossip mags!! Miss you 🙂

    May 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm

  4. Bogi

    Serbs will be nearly extinct within 50 to 100 years. Fertility rate is among lowest in the world (201st to be precise and it is greatly contributed by Roma people, so it is a false picture).
    Each year Serbia has 35,000 people less, that is white plague my dear RHOB. It’s not innocuous at all, it’s silent and very deadly 😦

    May 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm

  5. tina

    It’s funny – when I’m there, it’s nearly impossible to miss American gossip, and then there’s a whole world of local celebrities. If the goal is a higher birthrate, why women over 38? That doesn’t make any sense. at all.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

  6. Yes, I thought the same thing! Maybe this mayor knows something about post 35-conception that we don’t. As for US gossip, I get it in bits and pieces. I’ve decided to start buying serbian gossip rags to ” improve” my language skills.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm

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