Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is amongst the most challenging countries in Europe to work in. The country has a beautiful landscape with mountains, lakes and forests, but unfortunately, they are not so easily accessible. The biggest part of the country is covered with mines from the Balkan war, in which BiH was the focus of most fighting activities. It is hard to imagine that thousands of people were brutally killed in this fascinating natural environment.

Bosnian cemetriesThe aftermaths of the war are noticeable everywhere. Either one sees houses with bullet holes or totally destroyed and not touched. They appear like threating memorial monuments from the war. There is not a single person left who is not directly or indirectly affected by the war. A highly branched administration does not make it easier to manage the country.

Until today, there are strong tensions between the ethnic groups of Bosnians, Serbians and Croatians and it seems that time is not healing wounds but deepens them. The country seems to be impossible to be ruled and different power struggles have a negative influence on a possible economic growth of the country.  

Sarajevo BiH produces a surplus in electricity mainly through hydropower. Due to legal obstacles, underdeveloped infrastructure and the absence of a functioning government respectively the ‘State of Bosnia and Herzegovina’ is currently not able to exploit the possibilities they have to support their economy. Like many other countries, BiH lives of international loans and donor money. The Bosnian part is additionally supported by Turkey and Saudi-Arabia and the Republika Srbska by Serbia. 

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