Bosnia is one of Europe's poorest countries.
It was relatively disadvantaged even as a sub-republic
in Yugoslavia and the war in 1992-95 broke down many of
the actual institutions - everything from hospitals to
schools - and functioning social networks.
Roughly one in five Bosnians is estimated to live
below the poverty line. Among the particularly
vulnerable are children and many of them who have not
been able to return to their homes after the war.
Widespread unemployment impedes poverty. But also many
employees have it scarce, especially as it appears that
wages are not paid regularly.
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The social security system has major shortcomings.
Three-quarters of the grants paid go to war veterans,
regardless of income level. Many poor people are thus
left without the help of the state. Not every third
Bosnian who has reached retirement age receives a
pension, and the pension level has also been lowered.
Women have been forced out of the labor market to a
greater extent than men after the war and are more
dependent on informal work, which makes them more
exposed to poorer pensions and health insurance. Only
one in three women is expected to have a salary.
Abortions are free until the tenth week of pregnancy,
after which the woman must apply for a permit.
Gender discrimination is formally prohibited by law
and gender equality in Bosnia has gradually improved.
But women of all ages are subjected to violence,
especially in the home. Domestic violence was first
criminalized in 2005, but still considered by many
people, even within the justice system, to be a private
matter. According to an election law, since 2014 party
lists must be filled with at least 40 percent of each
sex. After the 2018 election, 21 percent of the members
of the House of Representatives are women (in the upper
house the figure is lower). The division of chores
within the family is still traditional, with women
mostly taking care of children and households.
There is no legislation to support same-sex
relationships. LGBTQ people are often exposed to serious
threats and harassment.
The situation of the Romans is difficult. They are
regarded as the largest of "other" ethnic groups in
Bosnia, but have always lived on the outskirts of
society and are confronted by prejudice and
discrimination in health care and the school system.
Roma also generally have lower education and have long
had no political organization to pursue their interests
in Bosnian society. Many Roma are unregistered and evade
the rest of society, which makes their situation worse.
FACTS - SOCIAL CONDITIONS
5 per 1000 births (2018)
Percentage of HIV infected
0.1 percent (2018)
Proportion of HIV infected among young women
0.1 percent (2018)
Proportion of HIV infected among young men
0.1 percent (2018)
Proportion of population with access to clean
97.7 percent (2015)
Proportion of the population having access to
95.4 percent (2017)
Public expenditure on health care as a
percentage of GDP
9.4 percent (2015)
Public expenditure on health care per person
$ 444 (2016)
Proportion of women in parliament
21 percent (2018)
Government formation agreement
Just over a year after the October 2010 election, six parties (SDP, SNSD,
SDA, SDS, HDZ BiH, HDZ 1990) announce that they have agreed to form government.
After lengthy negotiations, they have agreed that the government should consist
of ten ministers: four Bosniaks, three Serbs and three Croats. A Croat should
lead the government. Of the Bosniaks, one should come from Republika Srpska.
Attack on US Embassy
A Serbian Islamist is arrested in an armed attack on the US embassy in
Sarajevo. A police officer is injured in the attack.
The EU appoints envoys
Danish diplomat Peter Sørensen becomes the EU envoy in Bosnia, but Inzko
remains the high representative of the international community.
The Socialist International shuts down SNSD
The Socialist International, the international organization for social
democratic parties, shuts down the SNSD because of the party's fierce
nationalism. In September 2012, the party is completely excluded.
Failed attempts to form government
Parliament again fails to approve a prime minister and form a government. The
proposal presented was supported by a majority, but not by two-thirds of the
Serbian members, which is required. One problem highlighted by the proposed head
of government Slavko Kukić is that, despite being a Croat, he is not a member of
an "ethnic Croat" party.
The Republic of Srpska backs on a questioned referendum
Milorad Dodik is withdrawing the plans for a referendum that Parliament voted
in April to abide by, on various laws that the High Representative forced on the
Republika Srpska and which he believes are discriminatory against Serbs. In a
report to the UN Security Council, Valentin Inzko has called the referendum the
most serious breach of the Dayton Agreement since it was signed in 1995. Dodik
changes after a visit to Banja Luka by EU Foreign Representative Catherine
Ashton and announces that the EU will appoint a commission will investigate
changes to the justice system in Bosnia.
Ratko Mladić grips
The Bosnian Serb commanders during the war, Ratko Mladić, are arrested in
Serbia. He is taken from there to The Hague to be tried, among other things, for
genocide in Srebrenica. The trial against him begins a year later.
High Representative warns of breach of peace agreement
Inzko writes in a report to the UN Security Council that a referendum voted
by Parliament in the Republic of Srpska in April to hold constitutes the most
serious breach of the Dayton Agreement since it was signed in 1995. The
referendum would apply to various laws that the High Representative forced on
the entity and as the ruling party SNSD considers discriminatory against Serbs.
Bosnia is suspended from football
The International Football Federation (Fifa) excludes Bosnia from
international football tournaments, as the country's football federation
continued with three leaders - a Bosniak, a Croat and a Serb - despite the
international demand for a single federation chairman. The Bosnian Serbs have
opposed the idea of a single leader. The suspension will be lifted after two
months and Bosnia can then continue to play qualifying matches ahead of the 2012
The High Representative intervenes in the Federation
After lengthy negotiations, the Federation's parliament appoints a new
federation president, but the outgoing president refuses to leave his post,
after which the Election Commission rejects parliamentary elections. The High
Representative Inzko then intervenes and rejects the Election Commission's