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Croatian population has fallen 10% in a decade, census finds

Croatia has 10% fewer people living within its borders than a decade ago, according to preliminary results of a census released on Friday.

The tally shows that the European Union country had 3.8 million in 2021, up from 4.2 million in 2011, said Lidija Brkovic of the national statistics office.

“Over the past 10 years, the number of residents has decreased by 396,000 (people),” Brkovic said.

The decrease reflects the problem of depopulation in Croatia – and elsewhere in the Balkan region – which is a combination of low birth rates and emigration to more prosperous countries in the EU.

The Croatian government has identified the problem as a major challenge for the authorities and the future of the country.

Despite joining the EU in 2013, Croatia is struggling to revive its economy, which was devastated during the war in the early to mid-1990s after the country’s independence from the former. Yugoslavia.

euronews Gt

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