Quick Facts

  • Declared independence from the former Yugoslavia on March 3, 1992
  • On December 14, 1995 signed the Dayton Peace Accords which retained Bosnia and Herzegovina’s international boundaries and created a multi-ethnic and democratic and fiscal policy.
  • Location:  Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea and Croatia
  • Area:  19,741 – slightly smaller than the state of West Virginia
  • Population:  4.6 million (est.)
  • Capital and major city:  Sarajevo  approx. 400,000
  • Climate:  hot summers and cold winters, areas of high elevation have short, cool summers and long severe winters; mild rainy winters along coast
  • Terrain:  mountains and valleys
  • Nationality:  Bosnian (s), Herzegovinian (s)
  • Ethnic groups:  osniak 48%, Serb 37.1%, Croat 14.3%, other
  • Language:  Bosnian (official), Croatian (official), Serbian
  • Religions:  Muslim 40%, Orthodox 31%, Roman Catholic 15%, other
  • Literacy:  96.7% age 15 and over can read and write
  • Economy:  a transitional economy with limited market reforms.  The economy relies heavily on the export of metals as well as on remittances and foreign aid.  They rely heavily on West Europe for trade and credit.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • An emerging federal democratic republic
  • Chief of State – Chairman of the Presidency:  Bakir Izetbegovi  (one of a 3 member Presidency elected by popular vote)  The 3 member Presidency rotate the office every 8 months
  • Head of Government – Chairman of the Council of Ministries:  Vjekoslav Bevanda – appointed by the President

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy:  78.96 years
  • Health expenditures:  10.9% of GDP
  • Physicians density:  1.4179 physicians/1,000 population
  • Hospital bed density:  3.04 beds/1,000 population
  • HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate:  less the 0.1%
  • Obesity:  21.7%
  • Children under the age of 5 underweight:  1.6%
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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