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"Janja" may refer to the Bosnian mythological Vila (fairy), or medieval nobleman Janja Kantakouzenos.
Skyline of Janja
Bijeljina municipality (dark blue)
Bijeljina municipality (dark blue)
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Entity Republika Srpska
Municipality Bijeljina
Population (2013)
 • Total 12.333[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) +387 55
Website http://www.janja-bih.at

Janja (Cyrillic: Јања) is a town in the municipality of Bijeljina, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Janja is located in the Podrinje region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Janja is famous for the rivers Janja and Drina. Many people from Janja who now live in different countries come to Janja in summer to go to restaurants, music concerts and festivals. Janja is the only Bosniak community in the Municipality and consists of many displaced persons from other parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

About Janja[edit]

Janja is a small town near Bijeljina in north-east Bosnia and is famous for its river Drina and the little river Janja. The town is located on the major road between Bijeljina and Zvornik.

Located in the center of Janja is the Atik Mosque. Janja has two mosques which have been rebuilt after the war. There are a large number of people from Janja who live in other countries such as Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium, Switzerland, USA, and as far as Australia, and many other countries. Near the Atik Mosque is the caffe 'Bosna' where lots of Bosnian singers attend.

Atik Mosque

Most people from Janja who currently reside outside of the country come and visit Janja for several reasons; mostly to visit remaining family and friends, rebuild and to do some work around their homes. Alternative motive to coming and visiting their town is to teach future generations about their heritage and to show them where they come from.

Most of the people who visit Janja come between the months of June and August since most schools are on summer vacations. Respectively most famous singers such as Enes Begović, Fazlija, Halid Bešlić and many others come to Janja during that time period. Another famous event during the summer time is the "Janja Summer Nights" during which many different events take place.


There is no exact accurate source of when Janja was founded. From 1878 to 1961 Janja was municipality center. The 1991 census showed Janja had a population of 10,458.

Border Controversy[edit]

A part of Janja lies on the opposite side of the Drina river from the rest of the municipality. It is claimed that Serbia has usurped 4500 dunams of land.[2]



In 1971 Janja had a population of 7,945.[1]



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Coordinates: 44°40′N 19°15′E / 44.667°N 19.250°E / 44.667; 19.250