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In the vast flat plains that stretch from Hungary deep into Serbia is the far northeast corner of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bijeljina is the pivotal city in this sub-region, with all roads leading there.



Like most places in the Semberija plains along the Sava and Drina rivers, Bijeljina is blessed with rich, fertile soil. Agriculture is the largest industry by far. The abrupt change in landscape around Bijeljina was created 30 million years ago when the area was part of the Pannonian Sea (Paratetis).

The erosion during the following ice ages left the marine-lake sediment that has made Semberija so fertile. Man has long settled here due to the area's easy access and the steady migration of peoples across the great plains.

Bijeljina has a different feel than other places in Bosnia. The houses and gardens resemble those in Hungary and the areas of Vojvodina in Serbia and Slavonia in Croatia. The parks and walking areas around town are neatly arranged with fences and well-kept lawns. The swimming and fishing areas in the vicinity of the Drina River are nice and the area enjoys a mild climate: Bijeljina has 1,800 hours of sun per year. Bijeljina is on a convenient access route to Novi Sad and Belgrade in Serbia. The border crossing is fairly large by Bosnian standards and the highway across the border makes it a quick jaunt to both places.







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