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View of Olovo
View of Olovo
Location of Olovo within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Location of Olovo within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
 • Municipality president Đemal Memagić (SDA)
 • Total 407,8 km2 (1,575 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 10,578
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) +387 32

Olovo is a town and municipality situated about 50 kilometers northeast of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


  • About Olovo 1
  • Features 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Inhabited places 4
  • External links 5

About Olovo

The town Olovo was first mentioned in the year 1382 under the name "Plumbum" (Latin for Olovo). The word olovo in Bosnian means lead, which is meant to characterize the city for its well known lead ore deposits. Olovo stands on the Sarajevo-Tuzla highway M18, and is located 50 km northeast of Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital city of Sarajevo. Olovo is a part of the Zenica-Doboj Canton. Recently, there have been aims to try and have Olovo be a part of the Sarajevo Canton, however as of today, Olovo is still within the Zenica-Doboj Canton [1]. Since the Middle Age there have been well known lead ore deposits, and was at that time considered a mining town.


Today, Olovo is best known for its coniferous forests', big blue skies, and clear swift waters coming from three main mountain rivers (Stupčanica, Krivaja, and Bioštica). Olovo hosts annual bull-fights and festivals. It is a popular spot for the youth visiting it from nearby villages. An extremely superior characteristic of Olovo is its very effective spa, dating back from the period of Roman reign in the area.

Olovo is also a tryst for resting and changing directions when traveling to cities such as Zenica and Zavidovići.


Ethnic Composition
Year Serbs  % Bosniaks  % Croats  % Yugoslavs  % others  % Total
1961 3,635 32.07% 5,903 52.09% 314 2.77% 1,402 12.37% 11,333
1971 3,601 23.68% 10,546 69.36% 930 6.11% 46 0.30% 80 0.55% 15,203
1981 3,349 20.49% 11,593 70.94% 802 4.91% 508 3.12% 16,341
1991 3,196 18.91% 12,699 75.14% 653 3.86% 282 1.67% 16,901

Inhabited places

Olovo has many small villages in the vicinity, and they are: Boganovići, Čuništa, Solun, Hadre, Bukovdo, Milankovići, Kamensko, Jelaške, Careva Ćuprija, Lišći, Gurdići, Dugandžići, Čude, Petrovići, Klis, Kolakovići, Berisalići, Brda, Luke, Lavšići, Ponijerka, Grabovica, Dreželj, Paklenik, Majna, Radačići, Ajvatovići, Miljevići, Rudine, Ligatići and Bakići.

External links

  • Official website (Bosnian)

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