Bosnian Culture

Dates of Significance

  • New Year's Day (1-2nd of January)
  • Republika Srpska National Day* (9th of January) – Republika Srpska
  • Independence Day (1st of March) – Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • May Day (1st of May)
  • Victory Day (9th of May) – Republika Srpska
  • Dayton Agreement Day (21st of November) – Republika Srpska 
  • National Statehood Day (25th of November) – Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Muslim (Bosniak)

  • Kurban Bajram – Islamic Feast of Sacrifice (Varies each year)
  • Ramazanski Bajram – end of Ramadan (Varies each year, in June) 


Roman Catholic Christian (Croat)

  • Gregorian Easter (Varies each year in April)
  • All Saints Day (1st of November)
  • Gregorian Christmas (25th of December)

 

Orthodox Christian (Serb)

  • Orthodox Easter (Varies each year in April)
  • Orthodox Christmas (6-7th of January)

 

* The Constitutional Court ruled that this holiday was discriminatory and unconstitutional. However, many citizens of the Republika Srpska have ignored this warning and continue to celebrate it.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Population
    3,861,912
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Bosnian [official] (52.86%)
    Serbian [official] (30.76%)
    Croatian [official] (14.60%)
    Other (1.79%)
    Unspecified (0.2%)
    [Census, 2013]
    Note: The methodology of the 2013 census remains disputed and Republika Srspka authorities refuse to recognise the results.
  • Religion
    Islam (50.70%)
    Orthodox Christianity (30.75%)
    Roman Catholic Christianity (15.19%)
    Atheism (0.79%)
    Agnosticism (0.31%)
    Other (1.15%)
    Unspecified (1.12%)
    [Census, 2013]
    Note: The methodology of the 2013 census remains disputed and Republika Srspka authorities refuse to recognise the results.
  • Ethnicity
    Bosniak (50.11%)
    Serb (30.78%)
    Croat (15.43%)
    Other (2.73%)
    Unspecified (0.89%)
    [Census, 2013]
    Note: The methodology of the 2013 census remains disputed and Republika Srspka authorities refuse to recognise the results.
  • Australians with Bosnian Ancestry
    23,630 [Census, 2016]
Bosnians in Australia
  • Population
    23,956
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Average Age
    49
    [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (48.9%)
    Female (51.1%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Islam (23.2%)
    Catholic Christianity (21.5%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (19.4%)
    Other Religion (7.9%)
    No Religion (21.8%)
    Not Stated (5.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Bosnian (49.9%)
    Serbian (22.3%)
    Croatian (16.1%)
    South Eastern European (2.9%)
    Other Ancestry (8.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Bosnian (43.1%)
    Serbian (25.5%)
    Croatian (17.7%)
    English (8.5%)
    Other Languages (4.7%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 76.0% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (35.4%)
    New South Wales (29.6%)
    Queensland (13.3%)
    Western Australia (11.2%)
    Other (10.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 1996 (46.2%)
    1996 - 2005 (46.3%)
    2006 - 2015 (5.5%)
    2016 (0.3%)
    Not stated (1.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
    Note: Arrivals up until 9 August 2016.
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