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Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Latest Facts and Figures on Bosnia and Herzegovina

Background

Bosnia and Herzegovina's declaration of sovereignty in October 1991 was followed by a declaration of independence from the former Yugoslavia on 3 March 1992 after a referendum boycotted by ethnic Serbs.

The Bosnian Serbs - supported by neighboring Serbia and Montenegro - responded with armed resistance aimed at partitioning the republic along ethnic lines and joining Serb-held areas to form a "Greater Serbia."

In March 1994, Bosniaks and Croats reduced the number of warring factions from three to two by signing an agreement creating a joint Bosniak/Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 21 November 1995, in Dayton, Ohio, the warring parties initialed a peace agreement that brought to a halt three years of interethnic civil strife (the final agreement was signed in Paris on 14 December 1995).

The Dayton Peace Accords retained Bosnia and Herzegovina's international boundaries and created a multi-ethnic and democratic government charged with conducting foreign, diplomatic, and fiscal policy.

Also recognized was a second tier of government composed of two entities roughly equal in size: the Bosniak/Bosnian Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Bosnian Serb-led Republika Srpska (RS). The Federation and RS governments were charged with overseeing most government functions.

The Dayton Accords also established the Office of the High Representative (OHR) to oversee the implementation of the civilian aspects of the agreement. The Peace Implementation Council (PIC) at its conference in Bonn in 1997 also gave the High Representative the authority to impose legislation and remove officials, the so-called "Bonn Powers."

In 1995-96, a NATO-led international peacekeeping force (IFOR) of 60,000 troops served in Bosnia to implement and monitor the military aspects of the agreement. IFOR was succeeded by a smaller, NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) whose mission was to deter renewed hostilities.

European Union peacekeeping troops (EUFOR) replaced SFOR in December 2004; their mission is to maintain peace and stability throughout the country. EUFOR's mission changed from peacekeeping to civil policing in October 2007, with its presence reduced from nearly 7,000 to less than 2,500 troops. Currently EUFOR deploys around 1,300 troops in theater.


Geography

Location:
Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea and Croatia

Geographic coordinates:
44 00 N, 18 00 E

Map references:
Europe

Area:
total: 51,197 sq km
country comparison to the world: 128
land: 51,187 sq km
water: 10 sq km

Land boundaries:
total: 1,538 km
border countries: Croatia 932 km, Montenegro 249 km, Serbia 357 km

Coastline:
20 km

Climate:
Current Weather
Hot summers and cold winters; areas of high elevation have short, cool summers and long, severe winters; mild, rainy winters along coast

Terrain:
Mountains and valleys

Elevation extremes:
Lowest point: Adriatic Sea 0 m
Highest point: Maglic 2,386 m

Natural resources:
Coal, iron ore, bauxite, copper, lead, zinc, chromite, cobalt, manganese, nickel, clay, gypsum, salt, sand, timber, hydropower

Land use:
Arable land: 19.61%
Permanent crops: 1.89%
Other: 78.5% (2005)

Irrigated land:
30 sq km (2003)

Total renewable water resources:
37.5 cu km (2003)

Natural hazards:
destructive earthquakes

Environment - current issues:
air pollution from metallurgical plants; sites for disposing of urban waste are limited; water shortages and destruction of infrastructure because of the 1992-95 civil strife; deforestation

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:
within Bosnia and Herzegovina's recognized borders, the country is divided into a joint Bosniak/Croat Federation (about 51% of the territory) and the Bosnian Serb-led Republika Srpska or RS (about 49% of the territory); the region called Herzegovina is contiguous to Croatia and Montenegro, and traditionally has been settled by an ethnic Croat majority in the west and an ethnic Serb majority in the east

People and Society

Population:
4,622,292 (July 2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 122

Age structure:
0-14 years: 14% (male 333,989/female 313,234)
15-64 years: 71% (male 1,655,669/female 1,625,750)
65 years and over: 15% (male 283,233/female 410,288) (2011 est.)

Median age:
total: 40.7 years
male: 39.6 years
female: 41.9 years (2011 est.)

Population growth rate:
-0.003% (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 193

Birth rate:
8.89 births/1,000 population (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 210

Death rate:
8.91 deaths/1,000 population (July 2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 70

Net migration rate:
0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 79

Urbanization:
urban population: 49% of total population (2010)
rate of urbanization: 1.1% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.07 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.69 male(s)/female
total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2012 est.)

Maternal mortality rate:
9 deaths/100,000 live births (2008)
country comparison to the world: 149

Infant mortality rate:
total: 8.47 deaths/1,000 live births
country comparison to the world: 155
male: 9.72 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 7.13 deaths/1,000 live births (2012 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 78.96 years
country comparison to the world: 45
male: 75.42 years
female: 82.77 years (2012 est.)

Total fertility rate:
1.28 children born/woman (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 212

Health expenditures:
10.9% of GDP (2009)
country comparison to the world: 21

Physicians density:
1.4179 physicians/1,000 population (2005)
country comparison to the world: 84

Hospital bed density:
3.04 beds/1,000 population (2005)
country comparison to the world: 74

Drinking water source:
improved:
urban: 100% of population
rural: 98% of population
total: 99% of population

unimproved:
urban: 0% of population
rural: 2% of population
total: 1% of population (2008)

Sanitation facility access:
improved:
urban: 99% of population
rural: 92% of population
total: 95% of population
unimproved:
urban: 1% of population
rural: 8% of population
total: 5% of population (2008)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
less than 0.1% (2007 est.)
country comparison to the world: 114

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
900 (2007 est.)
country comparison to the world: 146

HIV/AIDS - deaths:
100 (2001 est.)
country comparison to the world: 145

Obesity - adult prevalence rate:
21.7% (2002)
country comparison to the world: 20

Children under the age of 5 years underweight:
1.6% (2006)
country comparison to the world: 115

Education expenditures:
NA

Literacy:
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.7%
male: 99%
female: 94.4% (2000 est.)

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
total: 14 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2009)

Unemployment, youth ages 15-24:
total: 47.3%
country comparison to the world: 4
male: 44.7%
female: 51.9% (2008)

Nationality:
noun: Bosnian(s), Herzegovinian(s)
adjective: Bosnian, Herzegovinian

Ethnic groups:
Bosniak 48%, Serb 37.1%, Croat 14.3%, other 0.6% (2000)
note: Bosniak has replaced Muslim as an ethnic term in part to avoid confusion with the religious term Muslim - an adherent of Islam

Languages:
Bosnian (official), Croatian (official), Serbian (official)

Religions:
Muslim 40%, Orthodox 31%, Roman Catholic 15%, other 14%

Major cities - population:
SARAJEVO (capital) 392,000 (2009)

Government

Country name:
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Bosnia and Herzegovina
local long form: none
local short form: Bosna i Hercegovina
former: People's Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Government type: emerging federal democratic republic

Capital:
name: Sarajevo
geographic coordinates: 43 52 N, 18 25 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October

Administrative divisions:
2 first-order administrative divisions and 1 internationally supervised district* - Brcko district (Brcko Distrikt)*, the Bosniak/Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina) and the Bosnian Serb-led Republika Srpska; note - Brcko district is in northeastern Bosnia and is a self-governing administrative unit under the sovereignty of Bosnia and Herzegovina and formally held in condominium between the two entities; the District remains under international supervision

Independence:
1 March 1992 (from Yugoslavia; referendum for independence completed on 1 March 1992; independence declared on 3 March 1992)

National holiday:

National Day, 25 November (1943)

Constitution:
The Dayton Peace Accords, signed 14 December 1995 in Paris, included a constitution; note - each of the entities also has its own constitution

Legal system:
civil law system; Constitutional Court review of legislative acts

International law organization participation:
has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; accepts ICCt jurisdiction

Suffrage:

18 years of age, 16 if employed; universal

Executive branch:

chief of state:
Chairman of the Presidency Bakir IZETBEGOVIC (chairman of the presidency since 10 March 2012; presidency member since 10 November 2010 - Bosniak);
other members of the three-member presidency rotate every eight months:
Zeljko KOMSIC (presidency member since 6 November 2006 - Croat);
Nebojsa RADMANOVIC (presidency member since 6 November 2006 - Serb)

head of government: Chairman of the Council of Ministers Vjekoslav BEVANDA (since 12 January 2012)
cabinet: Council of Ministers nominated by the council chairman; approved by the state-level House of Representatives

elections:
the three members of the presidency (one Bosniak, one Croat, one Serb) elected by popular vote for a four-year term (eligible for a second term, but then ineligible for four years) by constituencies referring to the three ethnic groups; the candidate with the most votes in a constituency is elected; the chairmanship rotates every eight months and resumes where it left off following each general election; election last held on 3 October 2010 (next to be held in October 2014); the chairman of the Council of Ministers appointed by the presidency and confirmed by the state-level House of Representatives

election results:
percent of vote - Nebojsa RADMANOVIC with 48.9% of the votes for the Serb seat; Zeljko KOMSIC with 60.6% of the votes for the Croat seat; Bakir IZETBEGOVIC with 34.9% of the votes for the Bosniak seat

note:
President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Zivko BUDIMIR (since 17 March 2011); Vice Presidents Svetozar PUDARIC (since 17 March 2011) and Mirsad KEBO (since 21 February 2007);
President of the Republika Srpska: Milorad DODIK (since 15 November 2010); Vice Presidents Emil VLAJKI (since 15 November 2010) and Enes Suljkanovic (since 15 November 2010);

Legislative branch:
bicameral Parliamentary Assembly or Skupstina consists of the House of Peoples or Dom Naroda (15 seats, 5 Bosniak, 5 Croat, 5 Serb; members designated by the Bosniak/Croat Federation's House of Peoples and the Republika Srpska's National Assembly to serve four-year terms); and the state-level House of Representatives or Predstavnicki Dom (42 seats, 28 seats allocated for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and 14 seats for the Republika Srpska; members elected by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation to serve four-year terms); note - Bosnia's election law specifies four-year terms for the state and first-order administrative division entity legislatures

elections: House of Peoples - last constituted in 9 June 2011 (next to be constituted in 2015); state-level House of Representatives - elections last held on 3 October 2010 (next to be held in October 2014)

election results: House of Peoples - percent of vote by party/coalition - NA; seats by party/coalition - NA; state-level House of Representatives - percent of vote by party/coalition - NA; seats by party/coalition - SDP BiH 8, SNSD 8, SDA 7, SDS 4, SBBBiH 4, HDZ-BiH 3, SBiH 2, HDZ-1990/HSP 2, other 4

note: the Bosniak/Croat Federation has a bicameral legislature that consists of a House of Peoples (58 seats - 17 Bosniak, 17 Croat, 17 Serb, 7 other); last constituted May 2011; and a House of Representatives (98 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms); elections last held on 3 October 2010 (next to be held in October 2014); percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party/coalition - SDP 28, SDA 23, SBBBiH 13, HDZ-BiH 12, SBiH 9, HDZ-1990/HSP 5, NSRzB 5, other 3; the Republika Srpska has a National Assembly (83 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms); elections last held on 3 October 2010 (next to be held in October 2014); percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party/coalition - SNSD 37, SDS 18, PDP 7, DNS 6, SP 4, DP 3, SDP 3, SDA 2, NDS 2 SRS-RS 1; as a result of the 2002 constitutional reform process, a 28-member Republika Srpska Council of Peoples (COP) was established in the Republika Srpska National Assembly including 8 Croats, 8 Bosniaks, 8 Serbs, and 4 members of the smaller communities

Judicial branch:
BiH Constitutional Court (consists of nine members: four members are selected by the Bosniak/Croat Federation's House of Representatives, two members by the Republika Srpska's National Assembly, and three non-Bosnian members by the president of the European Court of Human Rights); BiH State Court (consists of 44 national judges and seven international judges and has three divisions - Administrative, Appellate and Criminal - having jurisdiction over cases related to state-level law and cases initiated in the entities that question BiH's sovereignty, political independence, or national security or with economic crimes that have serious repercussions to BiH's economy, beyond that of an entity or Brcko District); a War Crimes Chamber opened in March 2005

note: the entities each have a Constitutional Court; each entity also has a number of lower courts; there are 10 cantonal courts in the Federation, plus a number of municipal courts; the Republika Srpska has five district courts and a number of municipal courts

Political parties and leaders:
Alliance for a Better Future of BiH or SBB-BiH [Fahrudin RADONCIC]; Alliance of Independent Social Democrats or SNSD [Milorad DODIK]; Bosnian Party or BOSS [Mirnes AJANOVIC]; Bosnian Patriotic Party or BPS [Sefer HALILOVIC]; Civic Democratic Party or GDS [Ibrahim SPAHIC]; Croat Party of Rights or HSP [Zvonko JURISIC]; Croat Peasants' Party-New Croat Initiative or HSS-NHI [Ante COLAK]; Croatian Christian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina or HKDU [Ivan MUSA]; Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina or HDZ-BiH [Dragan COVIC]; Croatian Democratic Union 1990 or HDZ-1990 [Bozo LJUBIC]; Croatian Peoples Union [Milenko BRKIC]; Democratic National Union or DNZ [Rifat DOLIC]; Democratic Party or DP [Dragan CAVIC]; Democratic Peoples' Alliance or DNS [Marko PAVIC]; Liberal Democratic Party or LDS [Bojan Zec FILIPOVIC]; Nasa Stranka or NS [Dennis Gratz]; New Socialist Party or NSP [Zdravko KRSMANOVIC]; Party for Bosnia and Herzegovina or SBiH [Amer JERLAGIC]; Party of Democratic Action or SDA [Sulejman TIHIC]; Party of Democratic Progress or PDP [Mladen IVANIC]; Peoples' Party of Work for Progress or NSRzB [Mladen IVANKOVIC-LIJANOVIC]; Serb Democratic Party or SDS [Mladen BOSIC]; Serb Radical Party of the Republika Srpska or SRS-RS [Milanko MIHAJLICA]; Serb Radical Party-Dr. Vojislav Seselj or SRS-VS [Mirko BLAGOJEVIC]; Social Democratic Party of BiH or SDP BiH [Zlatko LAGUMDZIJA]; Social Democratic Union or SDU [Nermin PECANAC]; Socialist Party of Republika Srpska or SPRS [Petar DJOKIC]

Political pressure groups and leaders:
other: war veterans; displaced persons associations; family associations of missing persons; private media

International organization participation:
BIS, CE, CEI, EAPC, EBRD, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, MONUSCO, NAM (observer), OAS (observer), OIC (observer), OIF (observer), OPCW, OSCE, PFP, SELEC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO (observer)

Diplomatic representation in the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Mitar KUJUNDZIC
chancery: 2109 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
telephone: [1] (202) 337-1500
FAX: [1] (202) 337-1502
consulate(s) general: Chicago, New York

Diplomatic representation from the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Patrick S. MOON
embassy: 1 Robert C. Frasure Street, 71000 Sarajevo
mailing address: use embassy street address
telephone: [387] (33) 704-000
FAX: [387] (33) 659-722
branch office(s): Banja Luka, Mostar

Flag description:
a wide medium blue vertical band on the fly side with a yellow isosceles triangle abutting the band and the top of the flag; the remainder of the flag is medium blue with seven full five-pointed white stars and two half stars top and bottom along the hypotenuse of the triangle; the triangle approximates the shape of the country and its three points stand for the constituent peoples - Bosniaks, Croats, and Serbs; the stars represent Europe and are meant to be continuous (thus the half stars at top and bottom); the colors (white, blue, and yellow) are often associated with neutrality and peace, and traditionally are linked with Bosnia

National symbol(s):
golden lily

National anthem:
name: "Drzavna himna Bosne i Hercegovine" (The National Anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
lyrics/music: Dusan SESTIC and Benjamin ISOVIC/Dusan SESTIC
note: music adopted 1999; lyrics adopted 2009

Economy

Overview:
Bosnia has a transitional economy with limited market reforms. The economy relies heavily on the export of metals, as well as on remittances and foreign aid. A highly decentralized government hampers economic policy coordination and reform. The interethnic warfare in Bosnia and Herzegovina caused production to plummet by 80% from 1992 to 1995 and unemployment to soar. With an uneasy peace in place, output recovered in 1996-99 at high percentage rates from a low base; but output growth slowed in 2000-02. Part of the lag in output was made up during 2003-08, when GDP growth exceeded 5% per year. However, the country experienced a decline in GDP of more than 3% in 2009 reflecting local effects of the global economic crisis. One of Bosnia's main economic challenges since the recession began has been to reduce spending on public sector wages and social benefits to meet the IMF's criteria for obtaining funding for budget shortfalls. Banking reform accelerated in 2001 as all the Communist-era payments bureaus were shut down; foreign banks, primarily from Austria and Italy, now control most of the banking sector. The konvertibilna marka (convertible mark or BAM) - the national currency introduced in 1998 - is pegged to the euro, and confidence in the currency and the banking sector has increased. Bosnia's private sector is growing, but foreign investment has dropped off sharply since 2007. Government spending, at roughly 50% of GDP, remains high because of redundant government offices at the state, entity and municipal level. Privatization of state enterprises has been slow, particularly in the Federation where political division between ethnically-based political parties makes agreement on economic policy more difficult. A sizeable current account deficit and high unemployment rate remain the two most serious macroeconomic problems. Successful implementation of a value-added tax in 2006 provided a predictable source of revenue for the government and helped rein in gray-market activity. National-level statistics have also improved over time but a large share of economic activity remains unofficial and unrecorded. Bosnia and Herzegovina became a full member of the Central European Free Trade Agreement in September 2007. Bosnia and Herzegovina's top economic priorities are: acceleration of integration into the EU; strengthening the fiscal system; public administration reform; World Trade Organization (WTO) membership; and securing economic growth by fostering a dynamic, competitive private sector. The country has received a substantial amount of foreign assistance and will need to demonstrate its ability to implement its economic reform agenda in order to advance its stated goal of EU accession. In 2009, Bosnia and Herzegovina undertook an International Monetary Fund (IMF) standby arrangement, necessitated by sharply increased social spending and a fiscal crisis exacerbated by the global economic downturn. The program aims to reduce recurrent government spending and to strengthen revenue collection. However, disbursement of IMF aid was suspended in 2011 after a parliamentary deadlock left Bosnia without a state-level government. In 2011, the country continued to recover from a recession caused by the global financial crisis. Unemployment and poverty are high. Ethnic and political stalemate slow reform and discourage investment. Bosnia relies heavily on West Europe for trade and credit.

GDP (purchasing power parity):
$31.72 billion (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 107
$31.11 billion (2010 est.)
$30.8 billion (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

GDP (official exchange rate):
$18.3 billion (2011 est.)
GDP - real growth rate:
2.2% (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 145
0.7% (2010 est.)
-2.9% (2009 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP):
$8,200 (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 121
$8,000 (2010 est.)
$7,900 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 10.1%
industry: 25.8%
services: 64.1% (2011 est.)

Labor force:
2.6 million (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 108

Labor force - by occupation:
agriculture: 20.5%
industry: 32.6%
services: 47% (2008)

Unemployment rate:
43.3% (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 188
43.1% (2010 est.)
note: official rate

Population below poverty line:
18.6% (2007 est.)

Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: 2.7%
highest 10%: 27.3% (2007)
Distribution of family income - Gini index:
36.2 (2007)
country comparison to the world: 87

Budget:
revenues: $8.542 billion
expenditures: $9.101 billion (2011 est.)

Taxes and other revenues:
46.7% of GDP (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 24
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-):
-3.1% of GDP (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 107

Public debt:
44% of GDP (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 66
39.1% of GDP (2010 est.)
note: data cover general Government Debt, and includes debt instruments issued (or owned) by Government entities other than the treasury; the data include treasury debt held by foreign entities; the data include debt issued by subnational entities, as well as intra-governmental debt; intra-governmental debt consists of treasury borrowings from surpluses in the social funds, such as for retirement, medical care, and unemployment. Debt instruments for the social funds are not sold at public auctions.

Inflation rate (consumer prices):
3.8% (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 89
2.1% (2010 est.)

Commercial bank prime lending rate:
8% (31 December 2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 125
7.89% (31 December 2010 est.)

Stock of narrow money:
$4.657 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 98
$4.305 billion (31 December 2010 est.)
Stock of broad money:
$10.31 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 104
$9.442 billion (31 December 2010 est.)
Stock of domestic credit:
$10.8 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 95
$9.961 billion (31 December 2010 est.)
Market value of publicly traded shares:
$NA

Agriculture - products:
wheat, corn, fruits, vegetables; livestock

Industries:
steel, coal, iron ore, lead, zinc, manganese, bauxite, aluminum, vehicle assembly, textiles, tobacco products, wooden furniture, ammunition, domestic appliances, oil refining

Industrial production growth rate:
4.9% (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 70

Electricity - production:
14.58 billion kWh (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 82

Electricity - consumption:
10.8 billion kWh (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 85

Electricity - exports:
3.9 billion kWh (2009 est.)

Electricity - imports:
1.2 billion kWh (2009 est.)

Oil - production:
59 bbl/day (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 123

Oil - consumption:
28,500 bbl/day (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 118

Oil - exports:
95.89 bbl/day (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 127

Oil - imports:
38,890 bbl/day (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 94

Oil - proved reserves:
0 bbl (1 January 2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 109

Natural gas - production:
0 cu m (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 157

Natural gas - consumption:
390 million cu m (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 98

Natural gas - exports:
0 cu m (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 63

Natural gas - imports:
390 million cu m (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 68

Natural gas - proved reserves:
0 cu m (1 January 2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 114

Current account balance:
-$1.135 billion (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 130
-$916.7 million (2010 est.)

Exports:
$5.579 billion (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 108
$4.937 billion (2010 est.)

Exports - commodities:
metals, clothing, wood products

Exports - partners:
Slovenia 20.4%, Croatia 16.6%, Italy 16.5%, Germany 13.5%, Austria 11% (2010)

Imports:
$10.38 billion (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 94
$9.23 billion (2010 est.)

Imports - commodities:
machinery and equipment, chemicals, fuels, foodstuffs

Imports - partners:
Croatia 22.2%, Slovenia 13.5%, Germany 13.3%, Italy 11.4%, Austria 6.4%, Hungary 5.8% (2010)
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:
$4.5 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 92
$4.383 billion (31 December 2010 est.)

Debt - external:
$10.54 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 93
$9.344 billion (31 December 2010 est.)

Exchange rates:
konvertibilna markas (BAM) per US dollar -
1.39 (2011 est.)
1.4767 (2010 est.)
1.4079 (2009)
1.3083 (2008)
1.4419 (2007)

Communications

Telephones - main lines in use:
998,600 (2010)
country comparison to the world: 79

Telephones - mobile cellular:
3.014 million (2010)
country comparison to the world: 123

Telephone system:
general assessment: post-war reconstruction of the telecommunications network, aided by a internationally sponsored program, resulting in sharp increases in the number of fixed telephone lines available
domestic: fixed-line teledensity roughly 22 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular subscribership has been increasing rapidly and, stands at roughly 70 telephones per 100 persons
international: country code - 387; no satellite earth stations (2009)

Broadcast media:
3 public TV broadcasters: Radio and TV of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federation TV and Republika Srpska Radio-TV; a local commercial network of 5 TV stations; 3 private, near-national TV stations and dozens of small independent TV stations broadcasting; 3 large public radio broadcasters and a large number of private radio stations (2010)

Internet country code:
.ba
Internet hosts:
146,152 (2011)
country comparison to the world: 79
Internet users:
1.422 million (2009)
country comparison to the world: 85

Transportation

Airports:
25 (2010)
country comparison to the world: 129
Airports - with paved runways:
total: 7
2,438 to 3,047 m: 4
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
under 914 m: 2 (2010)

Airports - with unpaved runways:
total: 18
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 6
under 914 m: 11 (2010)

Heliports:
5 (2010)

Pipelines:
gas 147 km; oil 9 km

Railways:
total: 601 km
country comparison to the world: 107
standard gauge: 601 km 1.435-m gauge (392 km electrified) (2009)

Roadways:
total: 22,926 km
country comparison to the world: 106
paved: 19,426 km (4,652 km of interurban roads)
unpaved: 3,500 km (2010)

Waterways:
(Sava River on northern border; open to shipping but use limited) (2009)

Ports and terminals:
Bosanska Gradiska, Bosanski Brod, Bosanski Samac, and Brcko (all inland waterway ports on the Sava River), Orasje


Military

Military branches:
Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH): Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Air and Air Defense Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Zrakoplovstvo i Protuzracna Obrana, ZPO) (2012)

Military service age and obligation:
18 years of age for voluntary military service; conscription abolished in January 2006; 4-month service obligation; mandatory retirement at age 35 or after 15 years of service (2010)

Manpower available for military service:
males age 16-49: 1,180,829
females age 16-49: 1,143,919 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:
males age 16-49: 968,242
females age 16-49: 937,327 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:
male: 26,601
female: 24,879 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:
1.4% of GDP (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 101

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international:
Serbia delimited about half of the boundary with Bosnia and Herzegovina, but sections along the Drina River remain in dispute

Refugees and internally displaced persons:
refugees (country of origin): 7,269 (Croatia)
IDPs: 131,600 (Bosnian Croats, Serbs, and Bosniaks displaced in 1992-95 war) (2007)
Illicit drugs:
increasingly a transit point for heroin being trafficked to Western Europe; minor transit point for marijuana; remains highly vulnerable to money-laundering activity given a primarily cash-based and unregulated economy, weak law enforcement, and instances of corruption.

Source: Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook

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