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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:

  1. The first and foremost fact about Bosnia is that the country is nicknamed the “Heart Shaped Land” due to its slight heart shape.
  2. Marka, the currency of Bosnia (also called Bosnian Convertible Mark – BAM), can’t be bought or exchanged anywhere else in the world.
  3. 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!
  4. 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?
  5. Stecak, a medieval tombstone which is also an important religious monument, can be seen scattered throughout the countryside of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  6. Did you know that Bosnia and Herzegovina is the tenth highest consumer of coffee per capita in the world?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Bosnia is home to one of Europe’s last remaining old-growth forests at Perucica.
  10. What’s more, the country is also believed to have been in inhabited since the later Stone Age!
  11. Majority of the landscape in Bosnia and Herzegovina is mountainous, and comprises of areas made of karst (limestone).
  12. Sarajevo, Bosnia capital and its largest city, hosted the 1984 Winter Olympic Games.
Visit Bosnia Tourism page for more information.