Bosnia and Herzegovina is a beautiful country both for visiting and living, but it is much underrated in the world and still carries the bad reputation because of the recent war that occurred in the '90s. However, the land itself is very rich with natural, cultural and historical resources and whoever is willing to overlook the stereotypes that follow this country, will be pleasantly surprised with what it has to offer.
Although there are few people who actually move from Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina, if you are visiting there or ever plan to move there, you should know that 3 nations live here together, Serbs, Croats and Muslims and that the country was, after the war, separated into 2 entities, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republic of Srpska.
Wherever you go in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the one thing that you will notice is that people are all friendly and hospitable, so don't be surprised if you get invited for a cup of coffee or Rakija , the national drink of this part of the Balkans.
This country has a problem with high level of unemployment, but it is not impossible to find a job; there is a shortage of occupations like mechanical and electrical engineers and you can easily get a job in that area. The country itself is very inexpensive for most internationals, especially for those who come from the Japan Western Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.
People moving from other countries including Japan are probably not familiar with some customs of Bosnian culture. There are a few things that they should know. For example, if you are going to give someone a flower bouquet, make sure that the number of flowers is not even because even number of flowers is meant for funerals. Most people in Bosnia and Herzegovina have a daily ritual of drinking the so-called Turkeyish Coffee; a strong coffee, home-made and nothing like the one from the coffee machine. Also, when you are visiting someone, you will probably have to take off your shoes before entering the house, it is not a particular ritual, more like a not-bringing-the-dirt-into-the-house thing. This is just like Japan!
You are very safe when it comes to the level of crime in the country; it is very low, especially towards internationals and the only thing you have to be aware of is pick-pocketing in the city crowds and tourist places, but that is the same thing wherever in the world you are moving to or travelling to. When it comes to driving, you have to have the lights on by day and night during the whole year, always fasten your seat belt, never use cell phone while driving and respect the speed limit unless you want to get a ticket.
Some of the most beautiful cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina are Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Mostar; besides Sarajevo, which is the capital of the B&H, Mostar and Banja Luka represent kind of unofficial capitals of the country. If you are looking for a place after you have moved to some of those cities or any other city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, try to find something that is not in the center of the town; houses and apartments that are not located in the center are much cheaper for renting or buying.
On the whole, Bosnia is a great country to move to and live in, especially if you are not a fan of living in a fast pace. To the eyes of people who are moving from Western Europe such as UK, USA, Canada or Japan, it may still be a developing country, but it has the full potential, in every sphere, to progress and evolve into a country that anyone would be happy to move to.
As a shipping destination, Bosnia would be a rare country. However, some European carriers offer services by air to international airports there. If you are thinking of shipping parcels containing personal effects or moving there, do not hesitate to give us a call to discuss your move. It might not be as cheap as moving from Japan to the USA or to Western Europe, but you can enjoy most reliable shipping services available. Remember, our moving service by air may not be as expensive as you may think especially if you are shipping a small number of cartons.