Introduction

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mountainous country in the Balkans that has a past as part of Yugoslavia and with a population that is both Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian. It offers interesting nuances in the different cultures and regions of the country, where you can visit cities characterized by nationalities and of course also the capital Sarajevo.

For centuries, Sarajevo was part of the Ottoman Empire, and bazaars and mosques are examples of the 16th-century city. Narrow streets and a cozy setting for, among other things, shopping and gastronomy characterize the place that just awaits for you to explore it. More recently, the town's name became associated with World War I, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated during a visit here in 1914.

In the provinces of Bosnian-Herzegovina there are many exciting cities and places to go. Mostar is perhaps the best known, where the beautiful Old Bridge spans the river Neretva so beautifully. Banja Luka and Tuzla are other cities with nice sights, both of which are located in the hilly terrain for which the country is known.

The Bosnian-Herzegovin mountains can be explored in many ways. One of them is by train, where the journey between Sarajevo and Mostar is among the most beautiful in Europe. Each turn reveals new panoramic views. Further southwest, Neum is Bosnia-Herzegovina's only seaside town, and here you can enjoy the Adriatic Sea between Croatia on both sides of Neum's short coastline.

Biggest cities
  • Sarajevo: 438,443
  • Banja Luka: 199,999
  • Tuzla: 120,874
  • Zenica: 115,298
  • Bijeljina: 114,663
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Holidays
  • January 1-2: New Year
  • January 9: Republic Day (Republika Srpska)
  • March 1: Independence Day (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • May 1-2: May 1st celebrations
  • May 9: Victory Day (Republika Srpska)
  • November 21: Dayton Day Agreement (Republika Srpska)
  • November 25: State Day (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
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Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Practical info
  • Official name: Bosnia and Herzegovina / Босна и Херцеговина
  • Capital: Sarajevo
  • National anthem: National Anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina & My Republic [My Republic]
  • Languages: Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian
  • Population: 3,871,643 (2014)
  • Primary Religion: Christianity, Islam
  • Currency: Convertible Mark (BAM)
  • Drives in: Right side
  • Domain: .ba
  • Phone code: +39
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC + 1)
  • Power and plugs: 230 V / 50 Hz, plug type C, F
Geography
  • Area: 51,197 km² / 19,767 sq mi
  • Highest point: Маглић / Maglić, 2,386 m / 7,828 feet
  • Longest river: Сава / Sava, 990 km / 615 mi
  • Largest lake: Buško Blato, 57 km² / 22 sq mi
  • Boundaries: North: Croatia. South: Montenegro. East: Serbia. West: Croatia, Adriatic Sea.
Celebrities
  • Prezda I: Ban, 1211-1287
  • Stjepan Kotromanić: Ban, 1242-1314
  • Stjepan Tomasevic: Ban, 1463
  • Gavrilo Principle: Nationalist, 1894-1918
  • Alija Izetbegović: President, 1925-2003
  • Ratko Mladic / Ratko Mladic: General, 1943-
  • Radovan Karadzic / Radovan Karadzic: President, 1945-
  • Hasan Salihamidžić: Football Player, 1977-
  • Edin Džeko: Football Player, 1986-