- Sarajevo; 579,000
- 51,129 square kilometers (19,741 square miles)
- Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian
- Muslim, Orthodox, Roman Catholic
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $1,900
- Literacy Percent:
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In mountainous southeastern Europe, Bosnia's Muslims, or Bosniacs, trace their ancestry to Christian Slavs who converted to Islam under the Ottomans for tax and landholding advantages. Yugoslavia recognized Bosniacs as a separate people in 1969. Muslim Slavs and Roman Catholic Croats voted in early 1992 for independence from Yugoslavia; most Eastern Orthodox Serbs were fiercely opposed. In the ensuing 1992-95 civil war, some 250,000 people died. The Dayton Peace Accord ended the war and partitioned the country into a Muslim-Croat region and a Serbian region (Serbian Republic). High unemployment and ethnic tensions continue to hamper the country.
- Industry: Steel, coal, iron ore, lead, zinc, manganese, bauxite, vehicle assembly
- Agriculture: Wheat, corn, fruits, vegetables; livestock
- Exports: Metals, clothing, wood products
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