Kalesija is a town and municipality located in Tuzla Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in northeastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, east of Tuzla. As of 2013, the town has a population of 2,039 inhabitants, and the municipality has 33,053 inhabitants.


Općina Kalesija
Municipality of Kalesija
Panorama of town
Panorama of town
Coat of arms of Kalesija
Coat of arms
Location of Kalesija within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Location of Kalesija within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Coordinates: 44°27′N 18°52′E / 44.450°N 18.867°E / 44.450; 18.867
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
 • MayorSead Džafić (SDA)
 • Total201 km2 (78 sq mi)
 (2013 census)
 • Total2,039
 • Density183/km2 (470/sq mi)
 • Municipality
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code(s)+387 35


Atik Mosque in Vukovije Gornje was built at the end of 16th century.

Yugoslav WarsEdit

On 2 May 1992 Kalesija was one of the first Bosnian towns to be caught in the initial Serbian offensive. On 11 May 1992, Kalesija and territory east of the river Bjeljevac except for the settlements of Zukići and Jajić were placed under occupation.

On 23 May 1992, Kalesija was retaken by Bosnian forces.

Consequences of the occupation included ethnic cleansing, population displacement and suffering, many people being taken to the camps, the destruction of Kalesija villages, destruction of religious buildings and industrial plants.[citation needed]

The Dayton Agreement appointed a new administrative arrangement of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 71 km2 (26.1%) of the territory of the municipality Kalesija was ceded to Republika Srpska, becoming the new municipality of Osmaci.



The 1971 Yugoslav census showed that the population of Kalesija was 32,577 inhabitants, made up of:


In the 1991 census, the municipality of Kalesija had 41,795 inhabitants:

  • 33,226 Bosniaks (79.5%)
  • 7,669 Serbs (18.4%)
  • 33 Croats (0.1%)
  • 270 Yugoslavs (0.6%)
  • 597 others (0.4%)


In the 2013 census, the municipality of Kalesija had 33,053 inhabitants:


The municipality consist of 28 settlements:[1]


In the area of municipality Kalesija there are six elementary schools. They are located in Kalesija, Rainci Gornji, Gojčin, Memići, Vukovije and Tojšići.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 44°27′N 18°52′E / 44.450°N 18.867°E / 44.450; 18.867

  1. ^ "B&H, 2013 census". Retrieved September 23, 2020.