Montenegro (Crna Gora in Montenegrin, which means Black Mountain) is a small country, in Southeastern Europe on the Adriatic Sea, with little more than 620 000 people. Still, it is famous for its natural beauty and long, rich, history. Nowadays, Montenegro is getting recognized for one more thing – .ME domain name.
It all started shortly after Montenegro gained independence in June of 2006, when the ISO 3165 Maintenance Agency assigned the emerging nation the country code ME. Proud of the country’s new-found sovereignty, the new government of Montenegro took important additional measures to formalize the country’s fledgling independence. One such step was to submit an application to IANA for delegation of .ME as the country’s Top Level Domain (TLD). The delegation was finally approved and took place in September 2007.
The coastal region of Montenegro (72 km (45 mi) of beaches with many well-preserved old towns) is considered one of the top up-and-coming destinations in travel industry. Sveti Stefan, a Montenegrin peninsula and a hotel resort, was featured on the cover for the National Geographic Traveler (edited once in a decade). The magazine, by the way, listed Montenegro among the “50 Places of a Lifetime”. Montenegro was also included in “10 Top Hot Spots of 2009″ to visit by Yahoo Travel, and it was described as the second fastest growing tourism market in the world (falling just behind China)”. It consistently ranks among top places to visit by prestigious tourism guides like Lonely Planet along with Greece, Spain, and other Mediterranean countries. .
Montenegro had a tumultuous history, from being a part of Byzantine Empire to be partly occupied by Ottoman Empire, Venetian Republic, and Austro-Hungarian empire, to becoming an independent country recognised by the Great Powers at the Congress of Berlin in 1878. This influence of different civilizations can be seen (and felt) in the richness of culture, differences in architecture and diversity of food.