18:34 / 14.01.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Croatia's population falls by 9.25%



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According to preliminary census results released on Friday, over the past decade, Croatia's population has shrunk by 9.25% to 3,888,529.

The latest data suggests that Croatia lost nearly 400,000 people since 2011. The state statistics bureau said that this figure mainly reflects a negative births to death ratio - a problem which has plagued the country for decades.

Another contributing factor to Croatia's depopulation is be mass emigration, which significantly intensified after Croatia had joined the European Union in July 2013 - when the EU's labor market was opened up to Croatians.

The city of Zagreb saw the smallest population drop since 2011, sitting now at 770,000 or 2.5% less than a decade ago. Dubrovnik County and Zadar County were second and third on the list, seeing a roughly 5% drop in population since the last census.

The largest drops were recorded in Vukovar-Srijem County, which lost nearly 20% of their population. Sisak-Moslavina and Brod-Posavina counties were close behind, losing a similar percentage of their populations.

Meanwhile, over the past 30 years of independence, Croatia's population shrank by close to 19%. The size of the country's current population is now close to what it was back in 1950.

"The Croatian population has fallen below 3.9 million. This means that, demographically speaking, we have moved back more than half a century. With a massive population decrease like this - unseen even during the war - the demographic structure of the population will also get worse," said Dr. Dražen Živić from the Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences.

Nino Raspudić from the MOST party called it one of the darkest days in modern Croatian history. 

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