MICE CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

AREA and LOCATION
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Latin: Bosna i Hercegovina; Serbian Cyrillic: Босна и Херцеговина) is located in South-Eastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula. It is almost landlocked except for 26 km of Adriatic Sea coastline in the vicinity of the town Neum. The landscape is mountainous in the centre and south, hilly in the northwest and flat in northeast. Its territory extends over 51,129 square kilometres.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is divided into two entities: The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (subdivided into ten cantons) and Republika Srpska (subdivided into 62 municipalities).

BORDERING COUNTRIES

Croatia (932 km), Serbia (357 km) and Montenegro (249 km)

 

THE CAPITAL CITY and MAJOR CITIES

Sarajevo is the country’s capital as well as the largest city with approximately 275,524 inhabitants (in 2013). Other large cities include Banja Luka (221,106 inhabitants), Zenica (164,423), Tuzla (142,486 inhabitants), Mostar (104,518 inhabitants) and Bihać (75,641 inhabitants).

 

CLIMATE

Bosnia’s inland has a moderate continental climate with hot summers and cold, snowy winters, while its southern tip has a Mediterranean climate. The period between May – October tend to be the warmest and driest. Winters are very cold with snow and wind. Average temperature varies – in Sarajevo from – .5 C in January to 19.6 C in July.

 

AREA CODE

+387

 

CURRENCY

Convertible Mark (BAM)

 

DISTANCES

Sarajevo is situated 139 km from Dubrovnik, Croatia; 178 from Podgorica, Montenegro; 193 from Belgrade, Serbia; 292 km from Zagreb, Croatia and 401 km from Budapest, Hungary.

 

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

General emergency line 112, 911, 08

Police 122

Ambulance 124

Fire Service 123

 

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

Banja Luka International Airport

http://www.banjaluka-airport.com/

 

Tuzla International Airport

http://www.tuzla-airport.ba/

 

Sarajevo International Airport

http://www.sarajevo-airport.ba/

 

Mostar International Airport

http://www.mostar-airport.ba/

 

LANGUAGE

There are three official languages in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian, which are mutually intelligible. Bosnian standard uses Latin alphabet (Cyrillic alphabet is also accepted).

 

MOBILE OPERATORS

BH Mobil http://www.bhmobile.ba/

MTEL BH http://www.mtel.ba/

HT ERONET http://www.eronet.ba

 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS (2010)

1 Jan New Year’s Day, 6 Jan – 7 Jan Orthodox Christmas, 15 Jan Orthodox New Year, 27 Jan St Sava’s Day, 1 Mar Independence Day, 2 Apr – 5 Apr Easter, 1 May Labour Day, 15 Aug Velika gospa (Western Christian Assumption), 1 Nov All Saints’ Day, 25 Nov National Statehood Day, 25 Dec Christmas.

POLITICAL SYSTEM
Republic

 

POPULATION

3,531,159

 

POWER NETWORK
220 V/50 Hz, Europlug (2-pin), Schuko

 

PRESIDENT

Mladen Ivanic since 2014.

 

RAIL TRANSPORT
Bosnian Railways
http://www.zfbh.ba/

 

ROAD TRANSPORT

BUS:
Centrotrans

http://www.centrotrans.com/loc/

RENT A CAR:
Thrifty

http://www.thrifty.ba/

 

SMOKING

Smoking is banned in public buildings since 1 September 2007 within the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

TAXIS

Taxi fares to/from airport tend to be relatively expensive.

 

Sarajevo Taxi  1515, 660 970, 660 666

Zuti Taxi (Yellow cab) 663 555

Crveni Taxi (Red cab) 1515, 660 970, 660 666

 

TIME

Central European Time (CET), UTC/GMT + 1 hours, Summer (DST) –  CEST (UTC + 2)

 

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