"The National Anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina" (Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian: Državna himna Bosne i Hercegovine / Државна химна Босне и Херцеговине) is the name of the official national anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is one of the three national anthems in the world (along with Spain and San Marino) to have no official lyrics.[1]


The national anthem was adopted on 25 June 1999, by the promulgation of the Law on the National Anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina,[2] replacing the previous anthem, "Jedna si jedina", which excluded the country's Serb and Croat communities, this despite the fact that the text does not mention any nationality. It was in use from 10 February 1998, as the flag and coat of arms.

The composer Dušan Šestić from Banja Luka composed the melody, to which initially there were no lyrics under the working title Intermeco (Intermezzo), which is commonly referred to as the title of the anthem.

Lyrics written by Šestić, the original composer, and Benjamin Isović were accepted by a parliamentary commission in February 2009.[3] The decision still requires approval of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[4] The lyrics do not mention the two administrative entities or the constitutional nations that make up the state and end with the line "We are going into the future, together!".

Proposed lyrics

Proposed lyrics (Cyrillic alphabet) Proposed lyrics (Latin alphabet) English translation

Ти си свjетлост душе
Вjечне ватре плам
Мајко наша земљо Босно
Теби припадам
Дивно плаво небо
У срцу су твоjе риjеке
Tвоје планине
поносна и славна
Краjина предака
Живјећeш у срцу нашем
Покољењa tвоја
Казуjу jедно
Ми идемо у будућност
Ми идемо у будућност

Ti si svjetlost duše
Vječne vatre plam
Majko naša zemljo Bosno
Tebi pripadam
Divno plavo nebo
U srcu su tvoje rijeke
Tvoje planine
Ponosna i slavna
Krajina predaka
Živjećeš u srcu našem
Pokoljenja tvoja
Kazuju jedno
Mi idemo u budućnost
Mi idemo u budućnost

You're the light of the soul
Eternal fire's flame
Mother of ours, o land of Bosnia
I belong to you
The beautiful blue sky
Of Herzegovina
In the heart are your rivers
Your mountains
Proud and famous
Land of ancestors
You shall live in our hearts
Ever more
Generations of yours
Show up as one
We go into the future
We go into the future


  1. ^ "Spain - Marcha Real". NationalAnthems.me. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  2. ^ Office of the High Representative (25 June 1999). "Decision imposing the Law on the National Anthem of BiH". Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina (4 June 2010). "Proposal of the Text for the National Hymn of BiH Adopted by the Council of Ministers of BiH". Archived from the original on 22 June 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Balkan Insight (23 February 2010). "Bosnia Anthem Gets Lyrics After 10 Years". Retrieved 10 May 2010. 

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