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“Culture shock, spectacular nature, forests full of unexploded landmines, untapped tourism potential, war wounds still fresh, both on buildings and on souls, tasty food, friendly people, and all this at such low prices that we sometimes felt as though if we weren’t careful we’d end up going home with more money than we arrived with.” (2016)

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“If you ask the man on the street what comes to mind when you say ‘Bosnia-Hercegovina’, he’ll probably think of the most bloody military conflict in Europe since World War Two, and in particular the Siege of Sarajevo. That, however, was many years ago, and the country is now calm and peaceful (though unmarked hiking trails should be avoided – there are still a lot of landmines left over from the war).

Bosnia is close to some of the most visited European holiday destinations – just hop across the border from Croatia and you’re there. The roads are in perfectly serviceable condition, though they’re often narrow and winding, so you mind spend many kilometers stuck behind a combine harvester, tractor or truck. It’s still worth it, though, because Bosnia’s natural beauty and historic sights are spectacular. Foreign travelers have begun to discover this gem, but to date most are either Eastern Europeans or Middle-Easterners. Western Europeans still tend to stay away.” (2017)


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Bosnia - h.m. photo

Sarajevo - Hippy klupa means hippie bench - k-t.g.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina - police car

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Bosnia and Herzegovina in brief

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a Southeast European landlocked country located on the western side of the Balkans. Neighbors: Croatia (west, north), Serbia (east), Montenegro (south).

Size: 51,500 km² (31,752 mi²) 

Population (in 2020): 3.3 million

It is worth mentioning that the population stood at 4,4 million just before the Bosnian War of 1991-1995 (mass emigration, families have an average of 1,26 children).

Bosnia-Herzegovina, which was part of Yugoslavia until 1992, is now made up of two bizarre confederal entities: the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, populated by Muslim Bosnians and Catholic Croats, and the Bosnian Serb Republic with a separate capital city, Banja Luka

As a result, Sarajevo is in reality only the capital of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and not of the whole country.

The country has a 21-kilometer long coastline (Adriatic Sea), so it is not quite a beach destination.

Most frequent surname: Hodžić

Average net monthly salary: 450 USD

Official currency: Bosnian convertible mark (BAM)

Bosnia and Herzegovina is by now a safe country (except for the danger posed by remaining land mines in the forests). 

Must-see tourist attractions: Old Town of Mostar, Sarajevo, Jajce Waterfall 

Culture shock, impressive nature, unexploited touristic potential, wounds of the Bosnian War seen on the buildings and in the spirit of the locals, fantastic meals. People there were so selflessly welcoming that in some places we felt really spoilt. (O.R., 2018)

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina - national flag - ata photo

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Bosnia&Herzegovina - landscape - m.e. photo

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Bosnia - Sarajevo - local ladies - h.m. photo

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