Bihać (Cyrillic: Бихаћ) is a city and the administrative center of Una-Sana Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is situated on the banks of river Una in northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Bosanska Krajina region. As of 2013, it has a population of 56,261 inhabitants.
City of Bihać
Location of Bihać within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
|Country||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Entity||Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|• Mayor||Šuhret Fazlić (Ind.)|
|• City||900 km2 (300 sq mi)|
|• Urban||163 km2 (63 sq mi)|
|Elevation||230 m (750 ft)|
|• Density||62.51/km2 (161.9/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code(s)||+387 37|
- Donja Gata
- Kulen Vakuf
- Lohovska Brda
- Mala Peća
- Mali Skočaj
- Velika Gata
- Veliki Skočaj
- Veliki Stjenjani
- Zavalje i Zlopoljac
According to documents and historical sources, the first medieval urban settlements and towns around the Una river, were starting to appear in the middle of the 13th century. Bihać, as the center of Pounje, was first mentioned in the charter of the Hungarian King Bela IV on 26 February 1260, and was described as a town built on the river Island of St. Ladislav, and owned by the Benedictine abbey of Topusko. Just two years later, in 1262, Bela proclaimed Bihać a royal free city and placed it under the direct authority of the Hungarian throne, with all rights and privileges pertaining thereto, which ensured its development completely independent from political powers of local lords. The following mention in charter from 1271 confirms that Bihać at that time enjoyed the status of a free city municipality. At the head of the municipality was the town's elder or major villae, who was often called a judge, and whose decision could only be changed by the king. Bihać also had a curia or magistrate, which was an assembly of local citizens who took the oath of office for this duty, and notaries who kept court and other civil records.
In 1530 Austrian committee provided a troops to defend seven key strongholds in Croatia, one of them was Bihać and Ripač (near Bihać). The Turks occupied Bihać in 1592 after 10 day siege and from that time Bihać was the site of the most important fort in Bosnia until the 19th century. Ottoman rule was briefly interrupted by Auguste Marmont, general-governor of Illyrian Provinces in 5 May 1810. He sought to prevent Ottomans from raiding French Croatia and finish Ottoman occupation of Cetin. After fulfilling these goals, he withdrew from Bihac. Ottoman rule in Bihac ended de facto after Congress of Berlin.
During World War II, the town was occupied by Axis troops and was included into the Pavelić's Independent State of Croatia (NDH). The fascist Ustashe regime committed the Genocide of the Serbs and the Holocaust. From July to September 1941, some 15,000 Serbs were massacred along with some Jews and Roma victims at the Garavice, an extermination location near Bihać. The town was the capital of a short-lived territory, the Bihać Republic, for two months in late 1942 and early 1943, until it was recaptured by German forces. Bihać returned to Bosnian territory on March 28, 1945.
According to the 2013 census, the city of Bihać has a population of 56,261 inhabitants.
The ethnic composition of the municipality:
|Climate data for Bihać (1961–1990, extremes 1949–present)|
|Record high °C (°F)||21.2
|Average high °C (°F)||4.0
|Daily mean °C (°F)||0.3
|Average low °C (°F)||−3.7
|Record low °C (°F)||−24.8
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||85.8
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||13.8||14.3||14.5||14.6||14.2||14.0||10.1||10.5||10.0||12.2||14.2||15.0||157.4|
|Average snowy days (≥ 1.0 cm)||16.2||13.4||8.4||1.2||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.2||5.0||13.1||57.5|
|Average relative humidity (%)||79.8||76.7||70.6||66.7||68.9||70.5||69.3||73.1||76.5||77.6||78.9||80.6||74.1|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||58.3||74.0||125.4||152.1||202.1||219.7||265.6||228.2||171.6||117.4||73.2||50.3||1,737.9|
|Source: Meteorological Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina|
The agricultural sector is significant, due to the large and fertile soil.
- Mehmed Alajbegović, politician and lawyer
- Mersada Bećirspahić, former basketball player
- Christopher Corvinus (Christopher Hunyadi, 1499–1505), Prince of Hungary and the last male member of the Hungarian Royal House of Hunyadi
- Zlatko Dedić, Slovenian footballer
- Ferid Džanić, World War II Axis soldier (SS Handschar Division)
- Nihad Hasanović, writer and translator
- Alen Islamović, singer, lead vocalist of the bands Divlje Jagode and Bijelo Dugme
- Azra Kolaković, singer
- Zele Lipovača, leading member of the Bosnian hard rock band Divlje Jagode
- Irfan Ljubijankić, facial surgeon, classical music composer, politician and diplomat of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Dejan Matić, singer
- Saša Matić, pop singer
- Džanan Musa, basketball player, European U16 champion
- Milan Muškatirović, a water polo goalkeeper and professor of organic chemistry
- Saša Radulović, Serbian engineer, politician and former Minister of Economy
- Branka Raunig, archaeologist and museum curator
- Faruk Šehić, poet
- Amir Smajić, Folk singer
- Borislav Stanković, former Serbian basketball player, coach and secretary General of FIBA, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991
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