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First census in Bosnia after the civil war
2013 Census in Bosnia and Herzegovina Country Bosnia and Herzegovina Total population 3,531,159 (final)
Population of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013 by nationality
Not declared/no answer (0.88%)
The most recent
census of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the 2013 census ( Popis stanovništva, domaćinstava i stanova u Bosni i Hercegovini, 2013. / Попис становништва, домаћинстава и станова у Босни и Херцеговини, 2013.), took place from 1 October until 15 October 2013 with a reference date of census 30 September 2013 at 24:00 hours (midnight) [, ] clarification needed 22 years after the previous census. It was the first census after the  Bosnian War. It was organized by the  Central Census Bureau of Bosnia and Herzegovina and supported by the European Union.
Preliminary results of the census were published on 5 November 2013, revealing that 3,791,622 people were enumerated.
The final results, including ethnicity data, were planned to be published in the second half of 2014, when data processing would be completed. As of June 2015  , the final results had still not been released, due to a dispute between the [update] Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska statistical agencies.
Steering Committee of the International Monitoring Operation on the Population and Housing Censuses in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the international observers by the census process, reported in March 2016 that a new director was appointed to the national statistical agency in December 2015, who could decide on the blocking issues, and that the result of the 2013 census had to be published by July 2016. On 30 June 2016, the official results were published. The census results are contested by the Republika Srpska statistical office and by Bosnian Serb politicians,  who oppose the inclusion of non-permanent Bosnian residents in the figures.  The population according to the final results is lower than in the preliminary results published in 2013.  The  European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, concluded in May 2016 that the methodology used by the Bosnian statistical agency is in line with international recommendations.
Results [ edit ]
Population density in Bosnia and Herzegovina by municipality, early data from the 2013 census
Preliminary results [ edit ]
Final results [ edit ]
Ethnic groups [ edit ]
% change of the number of ethnic Bosniaks by Municipality from 1991-2013
Bosnia and Herzegovina by Mother Tongue 2013
The final results published on 30 June 2016 included statistics on ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
% of total
% of total
% of total
Religion [ edit ]
Religious Composition of Bosnia and Herzegovina: 2013 Census
Bosnia and Herzegovina ethnic composition per settlements: 2013 Census
Census covered the following topics:
Usual place of residence
Name of father or mother's surname
Date of birth and identification number
Place of birth
Length and purpose of presence / absence in the list
Place of residence immediately after birth
Place of residence of the person at the time of
the 1991 census If the person was a refugee from Bosnia and Herzegovina
If the person was displaced person in Bosnia and Herzegovina
If the person has formally legal status of displaced persons and intends to return to place from which the displaced
A place in Bosnia and Herzegovina which the person moved and the year of immigration
Whether the person ever lived outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina years or more
Month and year immigration and the state from which a person moved
Reasons for immigration to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Legal marital status
Number of live births and the month and year of their birth
Highest completed school
Schools attended by the person
Current status activities
Status in employment
Branch of economic activity companies (at work)
Main source of means of livelihood
Whether the person is dependent
Activity of the breadwinner
Place of work or school attendance and frequency of return in place of permanent residence
Functional ability of a person to perform daily activities and cause of disability
Length of stay in the country and abroad for temporary civilian stay and work in another country and place of residence in Bosnia and Herzegovina for them and their family members
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References [ edit ]
Further reading [ edit ]
Bieber, Florian (2015). "The Construction of National Identity and its Challenges in Post-Yugoslav Censuses*". Social Science Quarterly. 96 (3): 873–903. doi: 10.1111/ssqu.12195. ISSN 0038-4941.
Cooley, Laurence (2019). "To be a Bosniak or to be a citizen? Bosnia and Herzegovina's 2013 census as an election". Nations and Nationalism. 25 (3): 1065–1086. doi: . 10.1111/nana.12500 ISSN 1354-5078.
Cooley, Laurence (2020). "Consociationalism and the politics of the census in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland". Political Geography. 82: 102248. doi: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2020.102248. ISSN 0962-6298. S2CID 224910017.
Hayden, Robert M. (2020). "Postmortem on a Stillborn Census: Bosnia–Herzegovina, 2013–16". Ethnopolitics. 20 (3): 317–340. doi: 10.1080/17449057.2020.1821335. ISSN 1744-9057. S2CID 224916270.
Perry, Valery (2015). "The 2013 Bosnia and Herzegovina Census: Waiting for Results and Counting the Questions". Contemporary Southeastern Europe. 2 (2): 50–64. ISSN 2310-3612.
Visoka, Gëzim; Gjevori, Elvin (2013). "Census politics and ethnicity in the Western Balkans". East European Politics. 29 (4): 479–498. doi: 10.1080/21599165.2013.819349. ISSN 2159-9165. S2CID 145206214. Žíla, Ondřej; Čermák, Petr (2020). " "Does Džeko Live in Bosnia and Herzegovina?": Demographics as a Hostage of Ethno-politics in the 2013 Census". East European Politics and Societies and Cultures. 35 (4): 1013–1042. doi: 10.1177/0888325420941111. ISSN 0888-3254. S2CID 225368597.
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