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20 Facts About Bosnia & Herzegovina That You Didn’t Know

We will guess you already heard of Bosnia in context of ex-Yugoslav wars. Wars however are ugly and we want to show you also a different perspective on Bosnia and other unique facts you might want to learn about it. Bosnia just as the neighbor countries is rich with Balkan colorful culture, history and most important outstanding landscapes. If you want true unspoiled nature, Bosnia is a place to visit for sure, so naturally we collected some interesting facts that will reveal you who Bosnians (mostly Bosniaks) really are, you know those little facts and things that will make you wonder. So lets get ready for some interesting and amazing facts about Bosnia & Herzegovina, a country that you will book your accommodation in after reading this.

Also if you have any need to comment on this make sure you leave us a comment if by any chance you had no clue about any of the facts. You can even leave a comment if you think something interesting about BiH should be included in this list. So here are some cool fun facts about BiH, check them out below:

1# Sarajevo, the current capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics.

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2# The country is nicknamed the “Heart Shaped Land” due to the country’s slight heart shape.

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3# The name “Bosnia” comes from an Indo-European word Bosana, which means water.

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4# Bosnia and Herzegovina consists of two Entities – the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic Srpska.

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5# The currency of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Marka.

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6# In 2010, Lonely Planet’s “Best In Travel” nominated Sarajevo as one of the top ten cities to visit that year.

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7# Established in 1995 during the Bosnian War, Sarajevo Film Festival has become the largest and most famous film festival in the Balkans and South-East Europe.

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8# Bosnia and Herzegovina was the world champion of volleyball at the 2004 Summer Paralympics. Many of the team members lost their limbs in the Bosnian War.

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9# Bosnia and Herzegovina has the tenth highest coffee consumption per capital in the world.

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10# Danis Tanović won in 2002 the Oscar award for the best foreign film, No Man’s Land.

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11# Međugorje is located in the mountains near Mostar. The small town is incredibly popular with Catholic pilgrims since 1981.

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12# Trams were first regularly used in Europe in Sarajevo, starting in 1885.

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13# Bosnia and Herzegovina is slightly smaller than the state of West Virginia

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14# Ottomans executing last king of Bosnia, Stjepan Tomasevic, at Jajce started mass conversion of Bosnian Christians to Islam, a phenomenon in European history.

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15# 3.8 million people live here.

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16# The life expectancy here is 75 years.

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17# There are three official languages which are all really the same.

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18# it has the last remaining jungle in Europe at Perućica.

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19# Bosnia and Herzegovina might have a Pyramid.

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20# National Symbol: golden lily

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Hope you enjoyed our little lesson about Bosnia & Herzegovina!

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