Bosnian and Herzegovina ǀ South Slavic ǀ European

Halid BešlićBosnians are one of the former Yugoslavian multiethnic nationalities, dissolved in 1992. Today, Bosnia and Herzegovina, or simply Bosnia, is home to three ethnic groups or, officially, constituent peoples, a term unique for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosniaks the largest group of the three, with Serb ssecond and Croats third.

There are two data sets that have been incorporated into DNA Consultants’ method.

  1. Bosnian population data came from 123+ Bosniak individuals typed by the Institute of Microbiology, University of Sarajevo and Department of Forensic Medicine and Criminology, University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia.
  2. The Bosnia and Herzegovina population data represent DNA samples from 171 randomly selected individuals from Bosnia and Herzegovina. STR frequencies were reported in the most recent European database release of the Working Group of the European Network of Forensic Institutes STRbase Project.


Photo: Halid Bešlić is a prominent Bosnian pop-folk singer. Photo is by Rlicul accessed on Wikimedia Commons.

Source publication: Bosnian population data (population 191): for the 15 STR loci in the Power Plex 16 kit, IJLM, 2004, p119-121. Bosnia and Herzegovina (population 425): ENFSI DNA WG STR Population Database v. 2. (

[Population 191, 425]