Croatia’s population has dropped 10% in a decade, reveals census

The preliminary results of the census released on Friday showed that the number of Croatians living within its borders is 10% less than it was a decade ago.

The statistic lists the number of EU member states at 3.8 million in 2021, compared to 4.2 million in 2011.

“In the past 10 years, the population has decreased by 396 thousand (people),” Berkovitch said.

This decline reflects the problem of the declining population in Croatia – and elsewhere in the Balkans – a combination of a low birth rate and migration towards more prosperous countries in the European Union.

The government of Croatia has identified the problem as a major challenge to the authorities and the country’s future.

Although Croatia joined the European Union in 2013, it is struggling to revive its economy, which was devastated during the war in the early to mid-1990s after the country gained independence from the former Yugoslavia.


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