Novi Sad (Serbian Cyrillic: Нови Сад, pronounced ( listen); Hungarian: Újvidék; Slovak: Nový Sad; Rusyn: Нови Сад; German: Neusatz) is the capital of the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina, and the administrative centre of the South Bačka District. The city lies in the southern part of Central Europe's Pannonian plain, on both banks of the Danube river.
Novi Sad is Serbia's second largest city, after Belgrade. According to the data from May 2009, the city had an urban population of 281,694, while its municipal population was 366,857. The city is located on the border of the Bačka and Srem regions, on the banks of the Danube river and Danube-Tisa-Danube Canal, while facing the northern slopes of Fruška Gora mountain.
Since it was founded in 1694, Novi Sad became the centre of Serbian culture and earned its nickname Serbian Athens. Today, Novi Sad is a large industrial and financial centre of the Serbian economy; and it is also one of the biggest construction sites in the region.