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Ključ (pronounced [kʎûːtʃ]) is a town and municipality located in Una-Sana Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name of the town and the municipality translates to "Key" in Bosnian.


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Official seal of Ključ
Location of Ključ within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Location of Ključ within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Entity Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
 • Municipality presidentNedžad Zukanović (SDP BiH)
 • Total358 km2 (138 sq mi)
 (2013 census)
 • Total18,714
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code(s)+3873766XXXX



It is located a short distance south from Sanski Most. The Sana River runs through the municipality. The terrain is heavily forested.


Human settlements have existed in the area long before the Roman Era. The town itself is first mentioned in 1322 in the documents of ban Stjepan II Kotromanić. It was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1463 as the last Royal Bosnian fortress.

From 1929 to 1941, Ključ was part of the Vrbas Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

Kljuc was first mentioned in 1322. In 1463, during the Ottoman invasion of Bosnia, the last Bosnian king Stjepan Tomašević, took refuge in the city. His surrender and execution marked the downfall of the medieval Bosnian state.

As an area with a slight Serb majority, at the start of the war in Bosnia (1992-1995), the Ključ area was held by Bosnian Serb forces. In the summer of 1995, the Bosnian governmental forces took control over it. Most of the pre-war Serb population fled after the Dayton Peace Agreement, the town belongs to the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today, it is estimated that about 97% of the population of Ključ are Bosniaks.


In 1991, the municipality of Ključ contained 61 settlements:

As a result of the war, the villages of Busije, Crkveno, Čađavica, Donja Previja, Donja Slatina, Donji Ribnik, Donji Vrbljani, Dragoraj, Gornja Previja, Gornja Slatina, Gornje Sokolovo, Gornji Ribnik, Gornji Vrbljani, Rastoka, Sitnica, Sredice, Stražice, Treskavac, Velijašnica, Velije et Zableće, as well as parts of Donje Ratkovo, Donje Sokolovo, Dubočani, Gornje Ratkovo, Jarice, Ljubine et Velečevo became a part of Ribnik municipality, Republika Srpska.

Today the municipality of Ključ has 40 settlements:


According to the last official census in 1991, the municipality had a key 37,233 inhabitants, distributed in 61 settlements.

Ethnic Composition (2013)
Serbs 273 (1.63%)
Bosniaks 16,130 (96.33%)
Croats 30 (0.17%)

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Ethnic Composition (1991)
Serbs 18,438 (49.52%)
Bosniaks 17,714 (47.57%)
Croats 336 (0.90%)
Yugoslavs 545 (1.46%)
others 200 (0.55%)
Ethnic Composition (1971)
Total 39,966
Serbs 23,892 (59.78%)
Muslims (now Bosniaks) 15,226 (38.09%)
Croats 534 (1.33%)
Yugoslavs 131 (0.32%)
others 183 (0.48%)


The area is connected to other parts of Bosnia by the M-5 highway. Forestry, light industry and tourism are major components of the economy.


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