Bosnia-Herzegovina - one state since 1995
This part of the former Yugoslavia entered the consciousness of the world
public in a particularly tragic way when in July 1995 over 8,000 Muslim men and
women in Srebrenica were kidnapped and murdered by Serbian mercenaries. The
military command was General Ratko Mladic b. 1942). The political responsibility
of the psychiatrist Radovan Karadzic (born 1945). Both were sentenced to life
imprisonment by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
(also known as the UN War Crimes Tribunal).
It was particularly tragic that the area was under the protection of the UN
and should be protected by about 500 Dutch blue helmet soldiers. The pictures of
the Dutch UN commander, Lieutenant Colonel Ton Karremans, who drinks champagne
with the war criminal Mladic, went around the world. But as in Somalia, Rwanda
or Sudan (Darfur), the UN was criticized for not being able to protect the
people entrusted to it. The UN made a number of very clever resolutions.
There has been a lot of thought about the term "genocide". In addition, UN
Secretary General Kofi Annan was deeply concerned. However, in autumn 2006, one
of the largest Dutch law firms filed a lawsuit against the Netherlands and the
UN on behalf of 7,930 survivors. It is also about billions in damages. A great
satisfaction - and not only for the people in Bosnia-Herzegovina - was the
arrest of the person primarily responsible for the murder of around 8,000 people
in Srebrenica - Radovan Karadžić (born 1945) in July 2008.
|Name of the country
||Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina/Bosna i Hercegovin
|Form of government
||from around 42º to 46º north latitude
from around 15º to 20º east longitude
||Intermeco, a hymn without lyrics
||Proclamation of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina on March 3rd,
Recognition by the EU and the USA on March 6th/7th. April 1992
||approx. 3.7 million (Credit:
Countryaah: Bosnia and Herzegovina)
||approx. 47% Bosniaks, 36% Serbs, 12% Croatians, 5% others.
Minorities: Montenegrins, Albanians, Slovenes, Macedonians, Turks, Roma
||48% Muslims, 34% Serbian Orthodox, 15.4% Catholics
||Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian.
After the fall of Yugoslavia, the various "dialects" were recognized as
their own languages.
||Sarajevo with around 400,000 residents
||Maglic with a height of 2,386 m
||Sava (Save) with a length of 945 km
After the tributary of the Una it forms the border between Bosnia and
Herzegovina and Croatia.
It flows into the Danube near Belgrade.
||Busko with an area of 8,300 km²
|International license plate
||convertible mark (KM/BAM)/since June 1998
|Time difference to CET
|International phone code
|Mains voltage, frequency
||220 volts, 50 hertz
|Top Level Domain (TLD)
Bosnia and Herzegovina: history
Before the year 1000
Bosnia and Herzegovina belonged to the Roman province of Dalmatia. It
was considered an important country for trade as it is conveniently located
between the Adriatic and the Danube.
Abbreviationfinder website, Serbs and Croats immigrate to Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, it
remained dependent on Byzantium despite the Slavic immigrants.
Formation of the Croatian kingdom with the coronation of the Croatian
prince Tomislav as king. The area of today's Bosnia and
Herzegovina belonged to the Croatian Kingdom.
From the year 1000 to the 17th century
12th - 15th century.
The name Bosnia appeared for the first time in the Bosnian principality
of Ban Kulin. It covered the central part of today's Bosnia around Sarajevo. It
remained a principality for a few hundred years and later (1377) became a
The population of Bosnia was about 800,000 people
Bosnia was conquered by the Ottomans and became an Ottoman
province. The Bosnian nobility and some minorities converted to Islam.
Herzegovina was ruled by the Ottomans.
Bosnia and Herzegovina were united to a "Paschalik" (administrative
district of a pasha) in the Ottoman Empire.
A particularly strong wave of Islamization hit the country.
In the 18th and 19th centuries
The previous self-government of Bosnia was dissolved after there were
uprisings against the Turkish occupiers.
Bosnia and Herzegovina were subordinated to Austria-Hungary as a result
of the Berlin Congress, but remained under the government of the Sultan until
1908. The term Bosnia-Herzegovina was introduced.
Bosnia-Herzegovina was annexed by Austria-Hungary, which increased
Balkan Wars: Serbia wanted in vain to expand its influence on
June 28, 1914 On June 28, 1914 the Austro-Hungarian
heir to the throne, Franz Ferdinand and his wife,
were murdered by the Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip in
Sarajevo (beginning of World War I).
The Austro-Hungarian monarchy disintegrated and a "Kingdom of Serbs,
Croats and Slovenes" emerged with the capital Belgrade. Bosnia-Herzegovina also
became part of this kingdom under the rule of the Serbian heir to the throne Alexander
The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes became the Kingdom of
With the so-called "Sporazum", Serbs and Croats decided to divide the
area of Bosnia-Herzegovina into Serbian and Croatian-dominated banks
That year German and Italian troops occupy Yugoslavia. Bosnia and
Herzegovina are incorporated into the fascist "Independent State of Croatia",
which is dependent on Germany.
On 11/25/1945, the "People's Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina" (NRBiH) was
formed with today's borders.
November 29, 1945
The "Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia" (FNRY) was proclaimed.
In 1946, Bosnia-Herzegovina was incorporated into the People's Republic
of Yugoslavia as a state.
D should be i.e. BiH constitution was amended to the Muslims that for the
first time as a separate "people" register.
In 1971 about 800,000 Muslims registered as "Muslims of one nation" and
thus made use of the new law.
The new federal and republic constitutions of Yugoslavia showed strong
tendencies towards decentralization/federalization.
May 4th, 1980 Marshal Tito died on May
First democratic elections in which nationally oriented parties came to
power in most of the republics and the breakup of Yugoslavia was announced.
The Republic of Yugoslavia fell apart.
In a referendum, the majority of Bosnian Muslims and Croats were in
favor of independence from Yugoslavia. The Serbian ethnic group boycotted the
vote. Thereupon Bosnia declared itself independent. The Bosnian Serbs proclaimed
their own republic and, with the support of Yugoslavia, tried to take large
parts of Bosnia militarily. A year later, the Bosnian Croatia did the same and
wanted to force the country over to Croatia.
D i.e. Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was the EU Member States
officially recognized by the US and the.
In April 1992 the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina began between the ethnic
groups. So-called "ethnic cleansing" began.
On 03/18/1994 the Bosniaks and the Croats signed in Washington the
treaty to form a "Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina".
Serbian troops under the command of General Ratko Mladic marched
into Srebenica and murdered around 8,000 male residents. 30,000 residents were
displaced. There has not been such a massacre of civilians or genocide in Europe
since the Second World War.
December 14, 1995: The Dayton Peace Agreement was signed in
Paris and the war ended. Bosnia-Herzegovina became a unified and politically
independent state (BiH), which consists of the Federation of Bosnia and
Herzegovina and the Serbian Republic (Republika Srpska).
A great satisfaction - and not only for the people in
Bosnia-Herzegovina - was the arrest of the person primarily responsible for the
murder of around 8,000 people in Srebrenica - Radovan Karadžić (born
1945) in July 2008.
On May 26th, Ratko Mladic (born 1942) was arrested in
Serbia. As a Bosnian-Serb general he was responsible for the almost four-year
siege of Sarajevo and the massacre of Srebrenica in July 1995. On May 31, 2011,
he was transferred by plane to the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. At the time
of his arrest, he was suffering from complications from a stroke and heart
attack. There was nothing left of the robust general who had risen to rule over
life and death.