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    #1

    Abbreviation for Bosnia and Herzegovina?

    Good morning,
    Would you please be so kind as to tell me what would be a formal English abbreviation for "Bosnia and Herzegovina"? BaH? B-H? I usually see "BiH", but that would be in the native language, as "i" stands for "and" so it can`t English? Please help!
    Thank you very much in advance!
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    Dragana

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    Re: Abbreviation for Bosnia and Herzegovina?

    Welcome to the forum, Dragana.

    I googled your excellent thread title and found that BIH seems to be the only one to use.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: Abbreviation for Bosnia and Herzegovina?

    Thank you very much for your kindness and promptness!
    But how surprising indeed! So, BIH. Thank you once again!
    Have a nice day,
    Dragana

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    #4

    Re: Abbreviation for Bosnia and Herzegovina?

    Note that Rover had to google it. I would have had to, too, if I had wanted to know the answer. I very much doubt if many native speakers know it.

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    #5

    Re: Abbreviation for Bosnia and Herzegovina?

    Don't forget that a lot of abbreviations for countries are international abbreviations, not necessarily English abbreviations. So there is no reason why "Bosnia i Herzegovina" which is what the country is called in its native language, wouldn't be abbreviated to "BIH" for everyone.

    We don't have an English abbreviation which stands for the word "and" so there wouldn't be anything else for us to put there. Our only choices would be "BH" which might be confused with, for instance, Bhutan, or "B&H" which contains a non-alphabetical symbol and is also a recognised brand of cigarettes!

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