Sanski Most

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Sanski Most
Sanski Most is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sanski Most
Sanski Most
Location of Sanski Most
Coordinates: 44°46′N 16°40′E / 44.767°N 16.667°E / 44.767; 16.667Coordinates: 44°46′N 16°40′E / 44.767°N 16.667°E / 44.767; 16.667
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Subdivisions 75
 • Mayor Mustafa Avdagić (SDA)
 • Total 781 km2 (302 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 47,359
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) +387 37

Sanski Most (pronounced [sâːnskiː mɔ̂ːst]) is a town and municipality in north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located on the Sana River in Bosanska Krajina, between Prijedor and Ključ. Administratively it is part of the Una-Sana Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Ethnic Composition
Year Serbs  % Bosniaks  % Croats  % Yugoslavs  % Others  % Total
1961 19,156 48.52% 12,350 31.28% 4,844 12.27% 3,014 7.63%  % 39,483
1971 30,422 48,98% 24,839 39,99% 6,307 10,15% 195 0,31% 339 0,57% 62,102
1981 26,619 42.61% 27,083 43.36% 5,314 8.51% 2,936 4.70% 515 0,82% 62,467
1991 25,363 42.05% 28,136 46.65% 4,322 7.16% 1,247 2.06% 1,239 2.08% 60,307

The size of the municipality's area more than doubled after 1961. Therefore the population rose quite a bit.

The town of Sanski Most itself had 17,144 residents in 1991.


The town is mentioned the first time in 1244 during the reign of Bela IV under the name Zana.

From 1929 to 1941, Sanski Most was part of the Vrbas Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

During the Second World War Sanski Most belonged to Independent State of Croatia. In the beginning of May 1941 in several villages south-east of Sanski Most (Kijevo, Tramošnja, Kozica...) the first armed conflict between new Ustaše regime and insurgent Serbs occurred. The event is known as Đurđevdan uprising.

During World War II, in Sanski Most, the State Anti-fascist Council for the National Liberation of Bosnia and Herzegovina held its second meeting from 30 June to 2 July 1944. During the second meeting of ZAVNOBIH, the declaration of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina was adopted, which guarantines the equality of Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

During the Bosnian war, Sanski Most was controlled by the Serbian forces of the Republika Srpska and remained under Bosnian-Serb control from the spring of 1992 to 1995. During this time, many non-Serbs were killed or forced to flee. In October 1995, the city was conquered by the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, shortly before the end of the war.

In 2004, Oštra Luka was split from Sanski Most and became a territory of the Republika Srpska.


The football club of the town is NK Podgrmeč.

Businesses and Organisations[edit]

Sanski Most is home to many different types of stores, and in the city center Konzum is located, part of a food chain from Croatia. There is also a store of the Tuš-chain of foodstores. There are many cafés in the city as well as many bakeries.

There are several non-governmental organisations in Sanski Most. Center for Peacebuilding, in the local language "Centar za Izgradnju Mira (CIM)" has been active in the city since 2004. The "Fenix Center", Centar Fenix provides humanitarian aid to the persons in need in the local community.

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