Bosnia and Herzegovina – a country on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe.

Approximately 52.3 percent of the population lives in towns or cities.

Sarajevo, located near the center of the country in a valley of the Dinaric Alps, is the capital and largest city.

Present day Bosnia and Herzegovina and the lifestyle

Devastated by a war in the early ’90s, the capital is rising from the ashes into a tourist and cultural center it once was. Today, it is once again a vibrant, cosmopolitan mixture of the old and the new, with skyscrapers and modern buildings standing alongside ancient Turkish mosques and marketplaces. The Bosnian people are considered to be very friendly, but you should approach them rather than wait to be approached. Bosnians usually don’t want to bother anyone, so if you want to socialize, be sociable. Bosnian cities nurture a culture of going out with friends for a coffee or a beer. Nursing a small cup of strong Bosnian coffee for hours while chatting with friends is an Ottoman tradition embodied in modern Bosnia. Flexibility and the emphasis on quality time with friends and family contribute to the overall quality of life.


Compared to the West, this approach to life is refreshing in a world dominated by work and deadlines. In addition to socializing, often these conversations turn to talk about new business opportunities. Some of the ways of socializing are at work, spending time in bars and pubs, taking classes or joining a club and volunteering for an organization. The city offers many opportunities to meet new people while doing activities you enjoy. We recommend that you join us for one of the large networking events organized by Restart. These events are a great opportunity to meet both domestic and international professionals.

The distribution of costs in Sarajevo. (average)



Bars & Cafés 

Coffee is a daily ritual for most of the locals. Many cafes offer traditional Bosnian coffee.                                                                       

If you are a coffee lover, this is the perfect country for you! In addition to coffee, BiH offers plenty of entertainment, such as bars and clubs.


If you are a foodie, you can enjoy restaurants where you can try food from different parts of the world (Italian, French, Indian, etc.), There are a lot of prominent restaurants that offer traditional Bosnian-Herzegovinian dishes.

Bosnian food has been influenced by both Turkish and Eastern European cuisine.

National Dishes 

Most national dishes are strong and very nutritional.

Some of our most popular local dishes are:

  • Ćevapi (read Ć as in chair), grilled minced meat served with chopped onions, sour cream, yogurt and with a flatbread
  • Bosanski lonac, which is a very rich stew that includes white cabbage, carrots, beef or lamb -perfect for the winter season
  • Kebabs, which are small rectangular sauces served with raw onions and bread.

Many restaurants around the country offer kebabs (ćevapi), which make a delicious snack or meal. You can order a plate with five or ten pieces to enjoy with yogurt or a cold glass of Bosnian beer, depending on your preference.

Other Traditional Food:

Bosnian pita (a pastry with either cheese, meat or spinach fillings), klepe (dumplings from minced meat) and Bey’s soup, made from slow-cooked chicken.

Baklava is a very strong pastry dessert, made from nuts and covered in syrup, as is an apple dessert called tufahije. Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains.

There is also a popular, rather sweet, warm drink called salep.

Rakija, a type of homemade brandy, is a distinct alcoholic drink that can be found not only in Bosnia, but also in most of the Balkan countries.


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