Bosnia and Herzegovina Population clock (live)

3,789,918
Current population
1,821,590
Current male population (48.1%)
1,968,328
Current female population (51.9%)
29,908
Births this year
16
Births today
33,753
Deaths this year
18
Deaths today
-427
Net migration this year
-0
Net migration today
-4,273
Population growth this year
-2
Population growth today

13-11-2019 03:05:41

Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .



Quick facts about the population of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Current population (as of Wednesday, November 13, 2019)
3,789,921
Population rank
133 (0.05% of world population)
Total area
51,210 km2 (19,772 mi2)
Population density
74.0 per km2 (191.7 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
0.93 (1,821,590 men to 1,968,328 women)
Median age
41.0 years
Life expectancy
78.8 years (75.3 - men, 82.6 - women)
Literacy
98.5 %

(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)

Bosnia and Herzegovina population 2019

During 2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina population is projected to decrease by -4,932 people and reach 3,789,259 in the beginning of 2020. The number of deaths will exceed the number of live births by 4,439, so the natural increase is expected to be negative. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 493 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Bosnia and Herzegovina to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population change rates in 2019

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Bosnia and Herzegovina population in 2019 will be the following:

The population of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be declining by 14 persons daily in 2019.

Demographics of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2018

As of 1 January 2019, the population of Bosnia and Herzegovina was estimated to be 3,794,191 people. This is a decrease of -0.13 % (-4,939 people) compared to population of 3,799,130 the year before. In 2018 the natural increase was negative, as the number of deaths exceeded the number of live births by 4,445. Due to external migration, the population declined by 494. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.930 (930 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2018.

Below are the key figures for Bosnia and Herzegovina population in 2018:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2019

Bosnia and Herzegovina population density

Bosnia and Herzegovina population density is 74.1 people per square kilometer (191.9/mi2) as of November 2019. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Bosnia and Herzegovina divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The total area of Bosnia and Herzegovina is 51,210 km2 (19,772 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Religion in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Religion Number of followers Percentage of
total population
Christianity1,982,12952.3 %
Islam1,713,04445.2 %
Religiously Unaffiliated94,7482.5 %

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Wednesday, November 13 2019).

Bosnia and Herzegovina age structure

As of the beginning of 2019 according to our estimates Bosnia and Herzegovina had the following population age distribution:

14 71 15

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Bosnia and Herzegovina population pyramid has a contracting type. This type of pyramid is more common for highly developed countries with low birth and death rates. Usually countries with such kind of population age distribution model have long life expectancy, high level of education and good health care.

Source: The estimation data for section "Bosnia and Herzegovina age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Bosnia and Herzegovina is 40.9 %.

The value of 40.9 % is relatively low. It shows that the dependent part of population is less than a half of the working part. In other words the working population (labor force) in Bosnia and Herzegovina must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons. And this part of population is less than 50% of working population. The value of less than 50% means that the pressure on productive population in Bosnia and Herzegovina is relatively low.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Bosnia and Herzegovina is 19.7 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Bosnia and Herzegovina is 21.1 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Bosnia and Herzegovina age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Bosnia and Herzegovina is 78.8 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations). external link

Male life expectancy at birth is 75.3 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 82.6 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 3,213,518 persons or 98.49% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Bosnia and Herzegovina are able to read and write. Accordingly about 49,410 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 99.55% (1,584,361 persons). 7,226 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 97.48% (1,629,156 persons). 42,185 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 99.66% and 99.64% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 99.65%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Bosnia and Herzegovina population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Bosnia and Herzegovina historical population (1951 - 2019)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Bosnia and Herzegovina population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19512,685,603N/A %
19522,736,6061.90 %
19532,791,2032.00 %
19542,847,3742.01 %
19552,903,7451.98 %
19562,959,6021.92 %
19573,014,8911.87 %
19583,070,1551.83 %
19593,126,3911.83 %
19603,184,7101.87 %
19613,245,8081.92 %
19623,309,4531.96 %
19633,374,1381.95 %
19643,437,2751.87 %
19653,496,3401.72 %
19663,549,7841.53 %
19673,597,4851.34 %
19683,640,8201.20 %
19693,682,2381.14 %
19703,724,2361.14 %
19713,768,2931.18 %
19723,814,4751.23 %
19733,861,6161.24 %
19743,907,7561.19 %
19753,950,9461.11 %
19763,990,0100.99 %
19774,025,0170.88 %
19784,057,5520.81 %
19794,090,3080.81 %
19804,125,9310.87 %
19814,164,9000.94 %
19824,205,8690.98 %
19834,248,6311.02 %
19844,294,4501.08 %
19854,343,9141.15 %
19864,398,9941.27 %
19874,460,1031.39 %
19884,517,2511.28 %
19894,551,0070.75 %
19904,543,126-0.17 %
19914,482,447-1.34 %
19924,369,534-2.52 %
19934,221,168-3.40 %
19944,066,712-3.66 %
19953,935,767-3.22 %
19963,844,964-2.31 %
19973,795,002-1.30 %
19983,777,626-0.46 %
19993,780,1440.07 %
20003,788,6340.22 %
20013,796,3130.20 %
20023,804,0470.20 %
20033,812,8300.23 %
20043,821,5930.23 %
20053,829,6250.21 %
20063,835,9410.16 %
20073,839,4610.09 %
20083,840,0840.02 %
20093,838,741-0.03 %
20103,836,495-0.06 %
20113,833,784-0.07 %
20123,830,365-0.09 %
20133,825,976-0.11 %
20143,820,544-0.14 %
20153,813,985-0.17 %
20163,809,027-0.13 %
20173,804,075-0.13 %
20183,799,130-0.13 %
20193,794,191-0.13 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Population projection (2020-2100)

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
20203,498,213N/A %
20253,456,351-1.20 %
20303,404,782-1.49 %
20353,336,401-2.01 %
20403,251,182-2.55 %
20453,155,717-2.94 %
20503,058,147-3.09 %
20552,964,033-3.08 %
20602,873,163-3.07 %
20652,781,521-3.19 %
20702,687,595-3.38 %
20752,592,971-3.52 %
20802,501,570-3.52 %
20852,416,820-3.39 %
20902,340,926-3.14 %
20952,274,810-2.82 %
21002,217,035-2.54 %

The data is given as of 1st of July of an year (medium fertility variant).

Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link