Bosnia holds first postwar census

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Associated Press

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 4:33 AM

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia is holding its first post-war census, an exercise that is expected to reveal the effects of the ethnic expulsions that took place during the 1992-95 war.

Officials began knocking on people's doors Tuesday morning, asking them to answer almost 70 questions. Preliminary results are expected in January.

In the last census in 1991, Bosnia had 4.4 million people, of whom 43.5 percent were Muslims, 31.2 percent Serbs and 17.4 percent Croats and a small percentage of others. They all lived mixed throughout Bosnia but wartime ethnic expulsions and killings created ethnic exclusive territories, divided the country into almost autonomous ethnic regions and sent an estimated million people permanently abroad.

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