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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Information

Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Land Area 51,187 km2
Water Area 10 km2
Total Area 51,197km2 (#125)
Population 3,861,912 (#129)
Population Density 75.45/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $42.53 Billion
GDP Per Capita $11,000
Currency Marka (BAM)
More Information Bosnia and Herzegovina
Largest Cities

The region of Bosnia and Herzegovina was first inhabited during the Neolithic era, and later by the Illyrians during the Bronze Age.

During the 3rd century BC conflict arose between the Illyrians and Romans, and by 9 AD the Romans had completely annexed the region.

Following the split of the Roman Empire in the late 300's, the Ostrogoths took over, only to hand over the region to the Alans and Huns in the preceding years.

During the Early Middle Ages, Emperor Justinian conquered the area, and claimed it for the Byzantine Empire. And unfortunately for Bosnia and Herzegovina, this continuous exchanging of hands didn't stop there, the Avars and Slavs quickly invaded them.

However, the most significant conquest came from the Ottoman Empire in 1463.

With the Ottoman's came monumental changes within the country's political and cultural landscape, and although the Bosnian kingdom had been otherwise destroyed, the Ottoman's allowed the country to preserve its identity.

Furthermore, as the Ottoman Empire continued to expand through Central Europe, Bosnia enjoyed an extended period of prosperity. The cities of Sarajevo and Mostar were established, and thrived as regional centers for trade and urban culture.

Late into the 17th century, the misfortunes of the Ottoman Empire caught up with Bosnia, and by 1878 the country was incorporated into the Austria-Hungary Empire through the Treaty of Berlin.

Political tensions increased over the next thirty years, as the region of Bosnia and Herzegovina pushed for independence.

Then, on June 28, 1914, tragedy struck as the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serb nationalist youth; an event that set World War I into motion.

Although it was the epicenter of the assassination, Bosnia and Herzegovina came through World War I, for the most part, unharmed.

After the wars end, Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes formed the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

From 1918 through 1941, social and economic unrest prevailed, and on April 6, 1941, amidst World War II, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was invaded by Germany

This page was last updated on July 12, 2016.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Trivia

What Languages are Spoken in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian are official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

What Languages Are Spoken in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

What is the Major Religion of Bosnia and Herzegovina?

The religious demographics of Bosnia and Herzegovina are as follows: Islam at 51%, Eastern Orthodox Christian at 31%, Roman Catholic at 15%, other at 2% and Atheist/Agnostic at 1%.

Religious Demographics Of Bosnia And Herzegovina

What is the Biggest City in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Sarajevo is Bosnia and Herzegovina's largest city and capital of the country. Banja Luka and Luka are the second and third biggest cities in the country.

The Biggest Cities In Bosnia And Herzegovina

What is the Culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina Like?

The Southeastern European nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina hosts a population of around 3,849,891 individuals. 50.1% of the population of the country is represented by the ethnic Bosniaks. Serbs and Croats are the largest ethnic minorities in the country. Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian are the three official languages spoken in the country. Muslims account for 50.7% of the country’s population. Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians account for 30.7% and 15.2% of the nation’s population, respectively.

The Culture Of Bosnia And Herzegovina

What is the Largest Ethnic Group in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Bosniaks are South Slavic nation and ethnic group dominating Bosnia and Herzegovina population, and they constitute 50.1% of the total population in the country. The second largest ethnic group in the country are the Serbs, which account for 30.8% of the country's total population.

Largest Ethnic Groups Of Bosnia And Herzegovina

Are There Any UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina include the Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge and the Mostar Old Bridge Area.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Bosnia And Herzegovina

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