Living and Working in Bosnia and Herzegovina
It is possible that friends and family members may be concerned about your safety should you choose to come work in BiH. The 1990s conflict is the only picture many people have of BiH, but this is a distorted image. In reality, BiH today is one of the safest countries in Europe. Violent crime is virtually non-existent. Both men and women can walk safely alone on the streets at night. To learn more about security and crime in BiH, please see the U.S. Department of State's Country Specific Information. .
BiH is a secure country undergoing the transition to a stable market economy. Along with most other countries of the former Yugoslavia, BiH has begun the formal process for eventual accession to the EU. Undeniably, the war has left its mark in many ways, perhaps most significantly in the extremely complex political structure which emerged as a result of the Dayton Peace Accords.
AUBiH assists in development efforts in BiH by educating young professionals in order to create a viable future for the citizens of the country. To learn more about BiH, its government, politics, economy, and culture please click on:
Despite the on-going challenges of the political situation in BiH, the country offers a great deal to those who take the opportunity to live and work here. The country is blessed with a beautiful natural environment which is a combination of alpine and mediterranean climates. Historically, BiH has been at the crossroads of East and West and this is visible in the country's architecture and cultural heritage. Bosnians are friendly, open, and known for their humor. To learn more, please see:
Sarajevo is both the capital city of the country and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the largest urban center in BiH. Approximately 420,000 people live in the Sarajevo Canton (June 2007 estimate). The city is located in the Sarajevo Valley, surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and intersected by the Miljacka River. The mountains which played host to the 1984 Winter Olympics surround the city and are a favorite weekend destination of locals and visitors alike.
Sarajevo boasts many interesting and varied museums including the Museum of Sarajevo, the Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Museum of BiH. The National Theater of BiH, The Sarajevo Youth Theater, the Sarajevo City Library, and the Bosniak Institute provide further cultural opportunities. The city hosts a range of annual festivals including the Sarajevo Film Festival, the Sarajevo Winter Festival, the Sarajevo Jazz Festival, and the Bašcaršija Nights summer festival which features local culture, music, and dance. For more information about Sarajevo, please see:
Banja Luka is the second largest city in BiH and located in northwestern BiH on the banks of the Vrbas River. It is the capital of the Republika Srpska entity. Historically, Banja Luka was a Roman military settlement and evidence of this can still be seen today. The Kastel – an old fortress – is located in the center of the city and is used to host various festivals and concerts.
The city is the academic, business, political, and cultural center of Republika Srpska, as well as the region of Bosanska Krajina. An estimated 250,000 people live in Banja Luka.
Cultural opportunities in Banja Luka are frequent and varied. The city is home to several museums and two well-known theaters. Various cultural organizations promote the city's rich and diverse history.
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Mostar is a city and municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the biggest and the most important city in the Herzegovina region and the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation. Mostar is situated on the Neretva river and is the fourth-largest city in the country. Mostar was named after "the bridge keepers" (natively: mostari) who guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over Neretva river. Approximately 128,448 people live in the city of Mostar (June 2007 estimate).
The Old Bridge is a 16th century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects two parts of the city. In July 2005, UNESCO inscribed the Old Bridge and its closest vicinity onto the World Heritage List.
The city excels in the spheres of art, cuisine, music, theater, museums, and literature. Mostar is also widely celebrated in popular lore, featured frequently as the setting for books, movies, and television programs. The city is a home of music festival called "Melodije Mostara" (Mostar Melodies) which has been held annually since 1995. Theatre festivals include Mostarska Liska (organized by the Croatian National Theatre) and The International Festival of Author Poetics (Organized by the Mostar Youth Theatre). Mostar is an important tourist centre in the country. Mostar International Airport serves the city. Mostar's old city is an important tourist destination with The Old Bridge being its most recognizable feature. To learn more about Mostar, please see:
Tuzla, the third-largest city in BiH, is located in the northeastern part of the country. It is the seat of both the Tuzla Canton and Municipality, and has a population of approximately 160,000.
The first records of Tuzla's existence come from 950, when it was under Hungarian rule. Historians later began referring to the town as Soli, meaning “salt.” Tuzla was built on salt mines and salt has long been critical to the region's economy. Europe's only salt lakes are located in the city park and over 100,000 people visit each year.
Tuzla is well-known for its legacy of multiculturalism and tolerance. In 1990, it was the only municipality in BiH in which nationalist parties failed to win election. During the war from 1992 to 1995, it was the only municipality in the country not governed by nationalist authorities. This is a point of great pride for Tuzla residents.
Despite its relatively small size, Tuzla has much to offer its inhabitants. The town has a theater, a number of dance groups which give regular performances, substantial sport facilities, a library with an „American Corner,“ and many pleasant cafes and restaurants. For more information about Tuzla, please see: