Situated on the Balkan peninsula of Southern Europe, the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a fascinating place to be in. This landlocked country, except for a few kilometres of Adriatic Sea coastline in the south, has quite a few fun and interesting facts rolled up its sleeve. We’ve provided you some information below that will help you explore Bosnia further:
Interesting facts about Bosnia:
- The first and foremost fact about Bosnia is that the country is nicknamed the “Heart Shaped Land” due to its slight heart shape.
- Marka, the currency of Bosnia (also called Bosnian Convertible Mark – BAM), can’t be bought or exchanged anywhere else in the world.
- Another fun fact about Bosnia and Herzegovina is that it has three official languages- Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian, all of which are actually, quite the same!
- The name “Bosnia” is derived from Bosana, an Indo-European word which means water. Considering the country is filled with gorgeous lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and a strip of the Adriatic Sea, the name ‘Bosnia’ is quite fitting, don’t you think?
- Stecak, a medieval tombstone which is also an important religious monument, can be seen scattered throughout the countryside of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Did you know that Bosnia and Herzegovina is the tenth highest consumer of coffee per capita in the world?
- Bosnian people generally begin their day with a hard liquor called Rakija. Rakija is a fruit brandy which is also considered to be Bosnia’s national drink.
- The Sarajevo Film Festival which was established in 1995 during the Bosnian War, has become the largest and most famous film festival in the Balkans and South-East Europe.
- Bosnia is home to one of Europe’s last remaining old-growth forests at Perucica.
- What’s more, the country is also believed to have been in inhabited since the later Stone Age!
- Majority of the landscape in Bosnia and Herzegovina is mountainous, and comprises of areas made of karst (limestone).
- Sarajevo, Bosnia capital and its largest city, hosted the 1984 Winter Olympic Games.