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When to visit Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina in many ways offers the best of all seasons. Summer and spring are the obvious warm seasons with plenty of fun and sun. 

But winter skiing and fall colors are equally nice. People are always out and about in this country - it’s certainly one of the most social places you'll come across. You’ve got the best of both worlds here, Alpine and Mediterranean - enjoy them both, any time of year! In spring, the country is at its best. So green, so many flowers. The days are pleasantly warm and the evenings are refreshingly cool. In summer time, it is nice and warm in BiH and even warmer (30+ °C) in Mediterranean Herzegovina. October and November are good months to avoid the crowds and enjoy the barrage of orange, red and yellow leaves that paint the forests. These months see both rainy and cool, but as many sunny days as well. Bosnia in general and the mountainous regions in particular have very cold winters and high snow precipitation. If you are a skier, the best time for a visit is from January to March. Olympic skiing on Bjelasnica, Igman and Jahorina mountains is perfect in these three months. In this period, people from the region flock to these areas. If you plan on coming and you want a hotel close to the ski lifts, it is best to make reservations. And make sure to buy snow chains: the road clearance teams are getting better but the roads in winter are still not quite as good as they would be in other parts of the world. 

 

Health

The chance of getting one of the standard travelers' illnesses is very slight, as drinking water throughout the country is excellent and food hygiene is good. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina has no legal requirements for vaccinations. To find a pharmacy, ask for 'apoteka'. In major centers, there are many of them, and there is usually at least one that is open 24 hours a day. These pharmacies will generally have all regular prescription drugs readily available. In villages and smaller towns, you may not find a pharmacy at all. If you do find one, it may not stock what you need. There are many public health clinics in Bosnia and Herzegovina and some very good doctors in most towns. It is advised to contact your embassy if you need medical attention, as embassies usually have lists of doctors they have good experiences with. 

 

Money

Originally, the KM was pegged to the German mark. With the introduction of the Euro, the KM changed its peg without the least bit of trouble (1.95 KM for 1 Euro).

Most shops will accept payment in Euro bills, using a 1 to 2 ratio. There are many ATM machines in all major towns and cities. US dollars, British pounds, yens and other major currencies can be exchanged at the banks and exchange offices that are present in most major towns. They also swap your leftover KMs back into any of these main currencies. Most banks do not have a fixed fee, but take a percentage of the total amount. As this percentage varies, you should do a bit of research before exchanging large amounts of money. Although credit cards are increasingly widely accepted in major towns, you should not rely on them. 

VISA and Master will be accepted in most places, but almost nobody accepts American Express. Make sure you have all the cash you need before leaving the major towns, as it is next to impossible to find a money machine or anybody who accepts credit card payments in smaller towns and villages.

 

Post

Sending letters or postcards to an address abroad is a standard process and can only be done in the post office. Post offices can be found in every city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and most towns as well. Stamps need to be purchased at the post office as well. Packages are a bit more time-consuming but there are express services available at the post office as well as from DHL, FEDEX, and UPS. 

 

Business and Investment

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Open economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its readiness to partake in international business cooperation represent a great challenge for businessmen from all over the world.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina you will find fully accepted modern business culture. In the past decade, the business community has, owing to the presence of various international agencies, foreign investors, and programs for technical support, adopted modern business practices.

With your business partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina you will communicate professionally, with modern electronic technology.

Main motive for your business visit should be high-quality and highly educated work force, low business expenses, good connections with regional markets, as well as BiH natural scenery, cultural and historic monuments, and people with open hearts.

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina is exceptionally beautiful country where visitor encounters various fascinating sites, cultures and traditions. It is a place where the eastern and western civilizations meet with their respective peculiarities that have become a part of Bosnian opulent and versatile mosaic. This makes Bosnia and Herzegovina an ideal destination for your business trip, organization of your conference or participation in one of our numerous fairs.

Hosts and Guests

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There are three main nations that inhabit this country: Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats. The Bosniaks are mainly Muslims, the Serbs Orthodox, and the Croats Catholic. Despite different religious and/or ethnic background, their language, traditions and culture are more similar than not. Their roots are in the early Slavic tribes that settled this land between the 6-7th centuries and intertwined with the indigenous Illyrian tribes.

There is also sentiment of just being Bosnian, with no particular affiliation except to the country from where they are from. 

In short, the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina are southern Slavs, with varying religious backgrounds. According to the last population census there were 4,354,911 inhabitants in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1991. Due to war-related death and migration, that number is lower now. Policy makers estimate that the country's population is now around 3.8 million people and steadily growing, and that over one million Bosnians now live abroad. The ethnic composition remains similar to the pre-war percentages: Bosniaks (Muslims) 44%, Serbs (Christian Orthodox) 32%, and Croats (Catholics) 17%. The remaining 7% of the population is composed of Yugoslavs, Albanians, Romanies, Jews, and several other minority groups.

 

Customs and Tradition

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Experience Europe the way it once was. Old habits die hard in Bosnia and Herzegovina, preserving the old traditions of all people in BiH.

It is impossible to separate man and nature here, for it is from the rugged wilderness that our customs evolved. 

Traditional music still echoes from the mountain valleys, with the highlanders still clad in century’s old traditional attire. One thing our forefathers have taught us is to respect the old ways - and that is to treat our guests as if they were one of our own. Perhaps is our most honoured trademark - the tradition of hospitality. Our traditional cuisine is a fascinating mélange of western and eastern dishes, all with a special touch that is uniquely Bosnian.

 
 

Come and Enjoy

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Perhaps what is most important for the visitor to know today, though, is that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a stunningly beautiful country with a vast array of landscapes, cultures, traditions and people. And as the old cliche goes 'people make the place' - and BiH prides itself on its hospitality and treating our guests as if they were family members. And family we take to heart.

The natural beauties of Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found in both its people and its land. Travelers to Bosnia and Herzegovina have always been touched by its pristine beauty, its intact wilderness and its friendly hosts. Here a man's wealth is measured in friendships and one takes the time to nurture them. You will find people from north or south, east or west willing to treat you to the great taste of fine Bosnian and Herzegovinian hospitality.

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