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Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian Roma
Bosnia (around 1900)
Total population
8,864 (1991 census)
to 400,000 Unofficial estimations
Romani, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
Sunni Islam,
Roman Catholicism,

Roma are an ethnic group in Bosnia and Herzegovina for more than 600 years. According to the 1991 census, there were 8,864 Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina or 0.2% of the population. Unofficial estimations counts 80,000[1] to 400,000[2] Roma or approximately 2 to 10% of the total population.

Historical data

Rousseau, the French consul in Bosnia estimated in 1866 a number of 9,965 or 1.1% of the population. Johann Roskiewicz estimated in 1867 the number of the Gypsies in Bosnia at 9,000 (1.2%) and in Herzegovina at 2,500 (1.1%), resulting a sum of 11,500 Roma. The 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica mentions 18,000 Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1.6%).


Important communities are living in Bijeljina, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar, Tuzla, Kakanj, Prijedor, Zenica & Teslić.

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