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View of Olovo
View of Olovo
Location of the Olovo Municipality within Bosnia and Herzegovina
Location of the Olovo Municipality within Bosnia and Herzegovina
Olovo is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Location of the Olovo Municipality within Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coordinates: 44°7′39″N 18°34′48″E / 44.12750°N 18.58000°E / 44.12750; 18.58000
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
EntityFederation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
 • Municipality presidentĐemal Memagić (SDA)
 • Total4,078 km2 (1,575 sq mi)
 (2013 census)
 • Total10,578
 • Density26/km2 (70/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code(s)+387 32

Olovo (Serbian Cyrillic: Олово) is a town and municipality located in Zenica-Doboj Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is situated about 50 kilometers northeast of the capital city of Sarajevo.


The town Olovo was first mentioned in the year 1382 under the name "Plumbum" (Latin for lead). The word olovo in Bosnian means lead, which is meant to characterize the city for its well-known lead ore deposits. Olovo stands on the Sarajevo-Tuzla highway M18, and is located 50 km northeast of Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital city of Sarajevo. Olovo is a part of the Zenica-Doboj Canton. Recently, there have been aims to try to have Olovo be a part of the Sarajevo Canton, however as of today, Olovo is still within the Zenica-Doboj Canton [1]. Since the Middle Age there have been well-known lead ore deposits, and was at that time considered a mining town.


Today, Olovo is best known for its coniferous forests, big blue skies, and clear swift waters coming from three main mountain rivers (Stupčanica, Krivaja, and Bioštica). Olovo hosts annual bull-fights and festivals. It is a popular spot for the youth visiting it from nearby villages. An extremely superior characteristic of Olovo is its very effective spa, dating back from the period of Roman reign in the area.

Olovo is also a tryst for resting and changing directions when traveling to cities such as Zenica and Zavidovići.


Ethnic Composition
Year Serbs  % Bosniaks  % Croats  % Yugoslavs  % others  % Total
1961 3,635 32.07% 5,903 52.09% 314 2.77% 1,402 12.37% 11,333
1971 3,601 23.68% 10,546 69.36% 930 6.11% 46 0.30% 80 0.55% 15,203
1981 3,349 20.49% 11,593 70.94% 802 4.91% 508 3.12% 16,341
1991 3,196 18.91% 12,699 75.14% 653 3.86% 282 1.67% 16,901
2013 77 0.75% 9,701 95.34% 230 2.26% 0.00 0.00% 139 1.36% 10,175

Inhabited places[edit]

Olovo has many small villages in the vicinity, and they are: Boganovići, Čuništa, Solun, Hadre, Bukovdo, Milankovići, Kamensko, Jelaške, Careva Ćuprija, Lišći, Gurdići, Dugandžići, Čude, Petrovići, Klis, Kolakovići, Berisalići, Brda, Luke, Lavšići, Ponijerka, Grabovica, Dreželj, Paklenik, Majna, Radačići, Ajvatovići, Miljevići, Rudine, Ligatići and Bakići.

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Coordinates: 44°07′43″N 18°34′54″E / 44.12861°N 18.58167°E / 44.12861; 18.58167