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General Information


3,760,149 (121st most populous country in the world)



Muslim 40.0% English 82.1%
Orthodox 31.0% Spanish 10.7%
Roman Catholic      15.0% Other Indo-Euro         3.8%
Other 14.0% Asian & Pacific Isl.   2.7%
Other   0.7%


Steel, coal, iron ore, lead, zinc, manganese, bauxite, vehicle assembly, textiles, tobacco products, wooden furniture, tank and aircraft assembly, domestic appliances, oil refining

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the World Factbook project 4, conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). For more detailed information about Bosnia and Herzegovina, visit

Business Information

The World Bank ranks Bosnia and Herzegovina as 0 out of 183 economies in terms of ease of doing business. The country ranks as 0 (of 183) in terms of ease of starting a business.

It requires 0 procedures, takes 0 days, and costs N/A% of income per capita to start a business in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The World Bank ranks Bosnia & Herzegovina as 116th out of 183 economies in terms of ease of doing business.  The country ranks as 160th (of 183) in terms of ease of starting a business.

It requires 12 procedures, takes 60 days, and costs 15.8% of income per capita to start a business in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

In order to start a business in Bosnia & Herzegovina, one must follow these procedures:

  1. Stipulate a founding act and have it notarized in the municipality office
  2. Obtain a statement from commercial bank that full amount of the capital has been paid in; pay the registration fee to the budget account of the cantonal court
  3. Obtain the statement of tax authorities that the founders have no tax debts
  4. Court registration with Municipal Courts
  5. Buy a company stamp
  6. Application for resolution on intended activities to the competent municipality
  7. Application for utilization permit to the canton ministry of commerce
  8. Apply for company identification number with the competent tax office
  9. Open a company account with commercial bank

10) Enroll the employees in pension insurance with Pension Insurance Institute (Zavod za penziono)

11) Enroll the employees in health insurance with Health Insurance Institute (Zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje)

12) Adopt and publish a rule book on matters of salary, work organization, discipline, and other employee regulations

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the Doing Business project 3, conducted by the World Bank. For more detailed information about starting a business in Bosnia and Herzegovina, visit


The World Economic Forum (WEF) was founded in 1971 by Klaus Martin Schwab at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.  It is a non-profit foundation best known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, which brings together top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists to discuss both economic and social issues facing the world.  The WEF also serves as a think tank, and publishes a wide range of reports focusing on issues of concern and importance to Forum communities. In particular, Strategic Insight Teams focus on producing reports of relevance in the fields of competitiveness, global risks and scenario thinking.  The Global Competitiveness Report measures competitiveness of countries and economic competitiveness among a wide range of factors such as corruption, tax rates, work ethic, and many others.


Bosnia and Herzegovina Economic Freedom

The annual survey Economic Freedom of the World is an indicator produced by the Fraser Institute, a libertarian think tank which attempts to measure the degree of economic freedom in the world's nations. Economic Freedom of the World index has been more widely used than any other measure of economic freedom, because of its coverage of a longer time period

Their measure of economic freedom is based on that the following standards:

  • Personal choice rather than collective choice,
  • Voluntary exchange coordinated by markets rather than allocation via the political process,
  • Freedom to enter and compete in markets, and
  • Protection of persons and their property from aggression by others.

A state will rate high when it focuses on protection of people and their property from the actions of aggressors, enforcement of contracts, and provision of the limited set of public goods like roads, flood control projects, and money of stable value and little else, but a country’s rating on the EFW summary index will fall as government expenditures increase and regulations expand.   

1A General government consumption spending as a percentage of total consumption 6
Area 1-A Data 19.5
1B Transfers and subsidies as a percentage of GDP 5.7
Area 1-B Data 16.2
1C Government enterprises and investment 4
Area 1-C Data 0
1Di Top marginal income tax rate 10
Area 1-Di Data 15
1Dii Top marginal income and payroll tax rates 3
Area 1-Dii Data 50
1D Top marginal tax rate 6.5
1 Size of Government: Expenditures, Taxes, and Enterprises 5.6
2A Judicial independence (GCR) 2.7
2B Impartial courts (GCR) 1.9
2C Protection of property rights (GCR) 3.9
2D Military interference in rule of law and the political process (CRG) 4.8
2E Integrity of the legal system (CRG) 0
2F Legal enforcement of contracts (DB) 3.6
2G Regulatory restrictions on the sale of real property (DB) 5.9
2 Legal Structure and Security of Property Rights 3.8
3A Money growth 8.2
Area 3-A Data 8.8
3B Standard deviation of inflation 9.1
Area 3-B Data 2.32
3C Inflation: Most recent year 8.8
Area 3-C Data 6.02
3D Freedom to own foreign currency bank accounts 5
3 Access to Sound Money 7.8
4Ai Revenues from trade taxes (% of trade sector) 8.7
Area 4-A(i) Data 2
4Aii Mean tariff rate 8.6
Area 4-A(ii) Data 7
4Aiii Standard deviation of tariff rates 5.8
Area 4-A(iii) Data 10.6
4A Taxes on international trade 7.7
4Bi Non-tariff trade barriers (GCR) 6.3
4Bii Compliance cost of importing and exporting (DB) 7.8
4B Regulatory Trade Barriers 7.1
4C Size of the trade sector relative to expected 4.6
4D Black-market exchange rates 10
4Ei Foreign ownership/investment restrictions (GCR) 5.1
4Eii Capital Controls 3.8
4E International Capital Market Controls 4.5
4 Freedom to Trade Internationally 6.8
5Ai Ownership of banks 8
5Aii Foreign bank competition 10
5Aiii Private sector credit 9.9
5Aiv Interest rate controls/negative real interest rates 10
5A Credit Market Regulations 9.5
5Bi Minimum wage (DB) 0
5Bii Hiring and firing regulations (GCR) 6.2
5Biii Centralized collective bargaining (GCR) 7.5
5Biv Mandated cost of hiring (DB) 5.4
5Bv Mandated cost of worker dismissal (DB) 7.1
5Bvi Conscription 5
5B Labor Market Regulations 5.2
5Ci Price controls 0
5Cii Administrative requirements (GCR) 2
5Ciii Bureaucracy costs (GCR) 7.1
5Civ Starting a business (DB) 7.6
5Cv Extra payments/bribes (GCR) 3.5
5Cvi Licensing restrictions (DB) 4.9
5Cvii Cost of tax compliance (DB) 5.2
5C Business Regulations 5
5 Regulation of Credit, Labor, and Business 6.6
Rank c 105

Bosnia and Herzegovina Summary


1 World Economic Forum

2 Free the World
Gwartney, James and Robert Lawson with Herbert Grubel, Jakob de Haan, Jan-Egbert Sturm, and Eelco Zandberg (2009). Economic Freedom of the World: 2009 Annual Report. Vancouver, BC: The Fraser Institute. Data retrieved from

3 World Bank Data

4 World Factbook Project