Yahoo Answers is shutting down on May 4th, 2021 (Eastern Time) and beginning April 20th, 2021 (Eastern Time) the Yahoo Answers website will be in read-only mode. There will be no changes to other Yahoo properties or services, or your Yahoo account. You can find more information about the Yahoo Answers shutdown and how to download your data on this help page.

What is the difference between Bosnians and Bosniaks?

Are they the same people? I'm confused

4 Answers

  • 10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Bosnian is nationality.

    Bosniak is ethnicity.

    The term Bosnian is used to denote all inhabitants of Bosnia and Herzegovina regardless of ethnic origin, while Bosniaks are the largest single ethnic group in B&H.

    Some 45% of Bosnians are ethnic Bosniaks.

    The Bosniaks or Bosniacs (Bosnian: Bošnjak, pl: Bošnjaci, pronounced [bɔːˈʃɲaːtsi]) are a South Slavic ethnic group, living mainly in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a smaller minority also present in other lands of the Balkan Peninsula especially in Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia. Bosniaks are typically characterized by their tie to the Bosnian historical region, traditional adherence to Islam since the 15th and 16th centuries, and common culture and language. In the English-speaking world, Bosniaks are also referred to as Bosnian Muslims.

    Other major ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina include Serbs (about 36% of population; they are mostly Serbian Orthodox) and Croats (about 15% and mostly Roman Catholic).

  • 5 years ago


  • 5 years ago

    They were all once one country called Yugoslavia. When the president of Yugoslavia, Tito died, they started disagreening and the countries got split. The languages Serbian, Bosnian, and Croatian are exactly the same, they just have different names. It's the same as if America started calling English American, Australia, Australian, and England, English. Same language, different names.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago


Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.