Bosnia and Herzegovina Quick Facts
Population: 4.6 million
Languages: Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.
Currency: Marka (1 USD = 1.32 Markas)
Size: 51,129 sq km, slightly smaller than West Virginia or slightly bigger than Slovakia.
Location: The Balkans, Southeastern Europe.
Neighbors: Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia.
Best Time to Visit: Spring and summer. But for skiers winter is best.
Today Bosnia and Herzegovina is celebrating National Day commemorating the reestablishment of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a republic (within the Yugoslavian federation) on November 25th, 1943. Bosnia and Herzegovina gained its independence from Yugoslavia on March 1st, 1992.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has a long and complicated history. It is a place where various ethnic groups, religions, and cultures co-exist. This combination made it an explosive place during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, and the country had to go through a very tragic war. The capital Sarajevo was under a lengthy siege, during which it suffered greatly from being a shelling target from the surrounding mountains.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has many historical sites, a beautiful countryside with mountains, scenic roads, and ancient towns with interesting architecture. It even has some Adriatic coastline. And it has a mild climate during most of the year. In the wintertime it has great skiing.
A great advantage is that the country has not yet been discovered by mass tourism. As a result it is still inexpensive and a great alternative if you are looking for an affordable destination in Europe.
Use caution when traveling in the countryside. It is a good idea to use local guides, since there are still many landmines around from the past war.
Click on the YouTube movie below too watch the video Enjoy Life in Bosnia and Herzegovina: