Posavina Canton

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Posavina Canton
Posavski kanton
Županija Posavska
Посавски кантон
Flag of Canton 10
Coat of arms of Canton 10
Coat of arms
Location of Canton 10
StatusCanton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Largest cityOdžak
Official languagesCroatian and Bosnian
Ethnic groups
77.32% Croats
19.00% Bosniaks
1.91% Serbs
1.77% others
GovernmentParliamentary system
Đuro Topić (HDZ BiH)
• President of Assembly
Blaž Župarić (HDZ BiH)
LegislatureAssembly of the Posavina Canton
Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Establishment
12 June 1996
• Total
330.85 km2 (127.74 sq mi)
• 2013 census
• Density
131.33/km2 (340.1/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)2022 estimate
• Per capita
USD 15.990
GDP (nominal)2022 estimate
• Total
USD 188.404 million
• Per capita
USD 6.037
HDI (2019)0.747
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
• Summer (DST)
Date formatdd-mm-yyy
Driving sideright

The Posavina Canton (Croatian: Županija Posavska; Serbian and Bosnian: Posavski kanton; Cyrillic: Посавски кантон) is one of ten cantons of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the smallest canton with an area of only 330.85 km2 (128 sq mi). The canton is an exclave of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, being bordered by Republika Srpska and Brčko District to the south and the river Sava and Croatia to the north. Its capital is Orašje and the largest town is Odžak.


The Posavina area was inhabited since prehistoric times, as evidenced by various archaeological finds of coins and other artifacts. After the 1718 Treaty of Passarowitz between the Ottoman Empire and Habsburg monarchy, mostly Catholic families from mountain villages were displaced across the plains, as the Turks themselves settled in the hills and valleys. The Croats from Županja, Babina Greda and Štitar moved to the villages of Kopanice, Vidovice, Tolisa and Domaljevac.

The current municipalities of Derventa and Bosanski Brod were settled by people from Herzegovina between the years 1735 and 1782, and once again in a minor wave in 1820. Since 1697, approximately 20,000 Catholics emigrated from the area. Most of the people emigrated to the municipalities of Modriča, Gradačac, Orašje, Bosanski Šamac and Brčko from Mostar, Posušje, Uskoplje, Bugojno, Livno and Duvno.

Before the Bosnian War, the present-day municipalities of Donji Žabar and Vukosavlje belonged to Odžak and Orašje, while the present-day municipality of Domaljevac-Šamac belonged to Bosanski Šamac. The history of today's canton begins on March 18, 1994, with the signing of the Washington Agreement. Posavina Canton was officially established on June 12, 1996 as one of the ten cantons of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the 3 Croat-majority cantons.[2]

Politics and Government[edit]

According to the law, Posavina Canton is one of the ten cantons of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is one of the two entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Posavina has its own legislative, executive and judicial powers. Like each of the cantons of FBiH, Canton Posavina has its own constitution, assembly, government, symbols and has a number of exclusive competences (police, education, use of natural resources, spatial and housing policy, culture), while some competences are divided between federal and cantonal authorities (health, social protection, transport). The seat of the executive power, i.e. the capital of the canton, is Orašje (Posavina Cantonal Government), while in Domaljevac is the seat of the legislative power (Posavina Cantonal Assembly) and in Odžak is the seat of the judiciary.

Every four years, the citizens of Canton Posavina vote in general elections for a total of 21 deputies in the Assembly of Canton Posavina. Based on the general elections, the current KP government is formed by a coalition between the Party of Democratic Action (SDA), the coalition of the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDZ BiH) and the Croatian Party of the Rights of Bosnia and Herzegovina. (HSP BiH).[3]

At the local level, the citizens of Posavina Canton vote for the government in three municipalities every four years in free elections.

The cantonal assembly is composed of:


The canton lies near the border with Croatia and near the river Sava which forms a natural border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. The canton consist of two unconnected exclaves: the western one consisting of Odžak municipality and the eastern one consisting of Orašje and Domaljevac-Šamac municipalities.

Posavina is a region which includes other parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and parts of Croatia. Because of that, this canton is sometimes called Bosanska Posavina (Bosnian Posavina) and is the only part of northern Bosnia near the border with Croatia that lies in the Federation. The rest of northern Bosnia near the river Sava and near the border is the Brčko District and the Republika Srpska. The Brčko district divides Republika Srpska into 2 parts.

The Posavina canton's position near the Sava river makes it a good place for agriculture because it is a flat lowland and there are no mountains in the area. It is like this in the entire northern border with Croatia, with a great deal of farming and agriculture. The river Sava is a river that flows through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. In Bosnia and Herzegovina it flows through the northern border and makes a natural border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

Posavina means literally along Sava in the Bosnian language. The river Sava is the largest navigable river in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Much of the food in both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia comes from this region, not only Bosnian Posavina but the rest of the fertile fields along the river Sava.


The canton consists of the municipalities of Domaljevac-Šamac, Odžak, and Orašje.


2013 Census[edit]

Municipality[4] Nationality Total
Bosniaks % Croats % Serbs %
Odžak 6,220 33.04 11,621 61.74 582 3.09 18,821
Orašje 2,015 10.14 17,345 87.33 157 0.79 19,861
Domaljevac-Šamac 17 0.35 4,634 97.12 92 1.92 4,771
Canton 8,252 18.99 33,600 77.32 831 1.91 43,453

1991 Census[edit]

Municipality Nationality Total
Croats % Serbs % Bosniaks % Other %
Odžak 16,338 54.36 5,667 18.85 6,220 20.69 1,831 6.09 30,056
Orašje 21,308 75.12 4,235 14.93 1,893 6.67 931 3.28 28,367
Domaljevac-Šamac 4,598 98.02 26 0.55 7 0.15 60 1.28 4,691
Canton 42,224 66.90 9,928 15.73 8,113 12.85 2,822 4.47 63,114


In the pre-war period, especially in the last ten years, the canton was one of the richest areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is important in agriculture (Posavina is the largest granary in Bosnia and Herzegovina), economically (oil refinery in Bosanski Brod and Modriča, furniture, textiles, shoe factories, metal industry, chemical industry, etc.), river resources natural, forests, and the region is also known for the fact that many people did temporary jobs abroad. The area is oriented towards the West with convincing indicators of a very rapid integration into European cultural, economic and civilizational trends.


The church of St Jacob in Grebnice


HNK Orašje, the local football club from Orašje that won the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup in the 2005–06 season.


The majority of its population professes Christianity, with the Catholic Church being the most important denomination within the population with 33,191 inhabitants in the Canton of Posavina (representing more than 77 percent of the population). The most significant non-Christian minority is made up of Muslims (8,341 inhabitants) and there are also other Christians such as members of the Serbian Orthodox Church (841 inhabitants).[5]

See also[edit]


  2. ^ Jahn, Egbert (2015-11-03). International Politics: Political Issues Under Debate - Vol. 1. Springer. ISBN 978-3-662-47685-7.
  3. ^ "Izabrana Vlada Posavskog kantona". slobodna-bosna.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 2021-05-26.
  4. ^ Link text, additional text.
  5. ^ "Ethnic composition of Bosnia & Herzegovina 2013". pop-stat.mashke.org. Retrieved 2021-05-26.