Published results of the Croatian population census: Fewer inhabitants, fewer men, fewer Catholics

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The State Bureau of Statistics has published the final results of the 2021 Census on the total population by gender and age, and by nationality, religion, citizenship and mother tongue, reports

Croatia lost almost 10% of its inhabitants in the last 10 years

According to the 2021 Census, the Republic of Croatia has 3,871,833 inhabitants, of which 1,865,129 are men (48.17%) and 2,006,704 are women (51.83%). Compared to the 2011 Census, the number of inhabitants decreased by 413,056 persons or 9.64%, of which the number decreased most visibly in the Slavonic counties and the least in Zagreb and the coastal counties.

The largest relative decrease in the number of inhabitants is present in Vukovar-Srijem County (20.28 percent).

The smallest population decline was observed in City of Zagreb, 2.90%.

Croatian inhabitants are getting older

The share of the youngest population, those between the ages of 0 and 14, is 14.27 percent, and the share of the oldest population, over 65, is 22.45 percent.

National population structure

The results of the 2021 Census show the national structure of the population:
– Croats 91.63%
– Serbs 3.20%
– Bosniaks 0.62%
– Roma 0.46%
– Italians 0.36%
– Albanians 0.36%

The 2011 census showed the share in the national structure of the population:
– Croats 90.42%
– Serbs 4.36%
– Bosniaks 0.73%
– Italians 0.42%
– Albanians 0.41%
– Roma 0.40%,

639,408 fewer Catholics than in the 2011 census.

New data show a significant decline in the number of Catholics.  In the 2011 census, there were 3,697,143 Catholics, and ten years later there were 3,057,735. The total number of Catholics in Croatia in 2021 was lower than in 2011 by 639,408, which is 17.3 percent less.

In 2011, 163,375 citizens declared themselves atheists or 3.81 percent, and in 2021 there were 182,188, which is 4.71 percent of the population.

In 2011 there were 190,143 orthodox or 4.44 %, and ten years later, 128,395, or 3.32 %.

The number of Muslims also decreased, from 62,977 or 1.47 % in the 2011 census to 50,981 or 1.32 % in the 2021 census.

Spoken languages

According to the mother tongue, 95.25% of people declared that their mother tongue was Croatian, and 1.16% of people declared that their mother tongue was Serbian. The share of people with another mother tongue is individually less than 1.00%.

Of the total population of the Republic of Croatia, 99.24% have Croatian citizenship, while 0.74% or 28,784 are foreign citizens.

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