Location of Ljubuški within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
|Country||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|• Municipality president||Nevenko Barbarić (HDZ BiH)|
|• Total||292,7 km2 (1,130 sq mi)|
|Population (2013 census)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||+387 39|
- Croats - 26.198 (92,67%)
- Bosniaks - 1.812 (6,40%)
- Serbs - 118 (0,41%)
- Yugoslavs - 49 (0,17%)
- others - 92 (0,35%)
In the 1991 census, the municipality of Ljubuški had a population of 28,340, of which 26,127 were Croats (92.1%), 1,592 Bosniaks (5.6%), 227 Yugoslavs (0.8%), 65 Serbs (0.2%), and 329 others (1.1%). The town of Ljubuški had 7,407 residents: 75% Croats, 20% Bosniaks, 3% Yugoslavs, 1% Serbs and 1% others.
The town was first time mentioned in 1444. The name Ljubuški originates from an ancient Slavic name Libusa who used to be the first wife of the then ruler of Herzegovina Herzeg Stjepan.
Branimir Glavaš, a Croatian Major General during the Croatian war of independence was found guilty of torture and murder of Serbian civilians in Osijek, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. However, Vladimir Šišljagić, the leader of HDSSB, the political party Glavaš founded when he left HDZ, showed up in court instead of him and stated that he was "in a safe place". Glavaš fled the country, reportedly to Ljubuški, and it is suspected he had procured citizenship in Bosnia-Herzegovina. His supporters also distributed a 5-minute video he recorded, explaining his decision to flee.
- Blaž Kraljević, commander of the HOS BiH
- Denis Buntić, handball player
- Izidor Papo, academic
- Gordan Bunoza, footballer
- Maks Luburić, Ustaša officer and commander of the Jasenovac concentration camp
- Mirko Alilović, handball player
- Peter Tomich, World War II hero, awarded with the Medal of Honor for heroics at Pearl Harbor
- Tomislav Brkić, tennis player
- Vjekoslav Vrančić, minister of NDH and writer
- Ljubuški official web page
- www.ljubuski.info (Croatian)
- www.ljubusaci.com (Bosnian)
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