Croatia’s population drops below 4 million
January 14, 2022 – Confirmation of what many suspected, as Croatia’s population officially drops below 4 million, reports Index.hr.
The Central Bureau of Statistics has published the first results of the 2021 census. According to the 2011 census, there were 4,284,889 inhabitants in Croatia. Demographer Andjelko Akrap, who has been warning about bad demographic trends for years, told Index last night he was sure the new census would show it has fewer than four million people.
It should be remembered that Croatia was hit by a large wave of emigration after joining the EU, especially in 2014 and 2015, so it is to be expected that we will have a much smaller population. During the last wave of emigration, Croatian citizens mainly chose Ireland and Germany as places of new life.
CBS manager Lidija Brković is the first to speak.
According to the first results published on the CBS site, Croatia has fallen to 3.888 million inhabitants.
“The census covers the area within the borders of the Republic of Croatia and does not refer to emigration. It was carried out as of August 31 this year,” Brkovic said.
“According to the first results, the total number of inhabitants is 3,888,529. There are 1,480,423 households. There are 2,350,444 dwellings,” she added.
“When you compare this with 2011, the number of inhabitants decreased by 9.5%, or more than 360,000 inhabitants,” Brković said, adding that the number of dwellings increased by more than 4%.
“By counties, the smallest drop is in Zagreb, followed by Dubrovnik-Neretva and Zadar. The biggest drop is recorded in Vukovar-Srijem, the number decreased by more than 19%, followed by Sisak-Moslavina county and Brod-Posavina with a drop of 17.53%,” she said.
“As for the number of households, it fell by more than 5% in the Republic of Croatia, mainly in Sisak-Moslavina, then Vukovar-Srijem, then Lika-Senj,” she added.
“The smallest drop is in Zagreb, then in Zadar county and Split-Dalmatia county,” Brkovic said.
In 10 years, Croatia has lost nearly 400,000 inhabitants
“The number of apartments has increased in almost all counties, it is in Dubrovnik-Neretva that it has increased the most,” she added.
“During the last 10 years, the number of inhabitants has decreased by 396,000,” the head of the National Assembly further summed up, adding: “The decrease in the number of inhabitants is a consequence of population movements and natural increase”.
“These are the first results on the list that are still subject to change. Final results will be known when data processing is complete. All results are available on the CBS website,” Brkovic said.
Journalists’ questions are raised.
Are there age data? Why is the number of apartments increasing and the number of inhabitants decreasing?
“We cannot comment on the results, these are the first results which are still subject to minor modifications. It is clear that we have to wait for the final results,” he said during the press conference.
“As for the age structure, this is the next phase of work and we will publish it in the following table, structure by age and sex. So we don’t have it yet, these are only the first results on the population total,” it was said.
“As for migration data, it will be available at the end of June this year.”
When will information on nationality be published?
“We can’t say that now. First those basic numbers go away, then the gender and age structure, then the rest. It should go away every two months.”
“No one on the planet can guarantee that a census has ever included all housing units. We can guarantee that we have visited all addresses, knocked on all doors and depending on whether the enumerator has found someone , that this person was somewhere else.” We can’t say that for sure. Don’t put it in the title, it’s clear to everyone that it’s impossible to say 100%.”
Do we know what the total cost of the census is and if all the enumerators are paid?
“They are budgeted for an amount of 170 million kuna. At the moment we do not have a detailed financial report. What I can say is that the costs have been paid to all participants in the census,” Brkovic said.