Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

51,129 sq km (19,741 sq miles).

Population

3.9 million (2013).

Population density

76.2 per sq km.

Capital

Sarajevo.

Government

Republic and parliamentary democracy.

Head of state

The presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina consists of two members and one chairperson: one Bosniak, one Serb and one Croat. The chair rotates every eight months between Nebojsa Radmanovic (presidency member since 2006), Bakir Izetbegović (presidency member since 2010) and Zeljko Komsic (presidency member since 2006). At the time of writing, the chair is Zeljko Komsic (since July 2013).

Head of government

Chairman of the Council of Ministers Vjekoslav Bevanda since 2012.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are in use.

Most notable among Bosnia and Herzegovina's charms is its lush, mountainous landscape, best seen from the vantage point of one of the national parks. To some, the country remains synonymous with the Yugoslav wars that ravaged the Balkan region in the 1990s; it still bears the legacy of this, having a fractured infrastructure and a countryside that remains littered with mines in some regions.

However, there are plenty of positives to take from Bosnia and Herzegovina's urban centres, especially the cosmopolitan capital of Sarajevo with its Turkish heritage and lively cafe scene. Elsewhere there are historic fortresses, splendid old mosques, monasteries and Catholic shrines to enjoy. But perhaps above all else, it is the reconstructed Ottoman bridge at Mostar that symbolises both the past and a positive new beginning for the country.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 24 July 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

  • Flooding and landslides in May have affected roads with some restricted to one lane and others closed, mostly in the north and east. Some bridges have also been washed away. Landslides continue to present a risk.

  • If you’re travelling by road, check local information before setting off. Heavy rainfall and landslides have also moved minefields and destroyed minefield markings. For latest updates on mines see the Mine Action Centre website.

Protests, often at short notice, can be expected across major cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Unexploded landmines remain a real danger, particularly in isolated areas in the mountains and countryside. See Local travel.

The level of crime against foreigners is low, but you should beware of pickpockets in cities and on public transport.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism.

Most visits to Bosnia and Herzegovina are trouble-free.

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