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Demographic Situation in Croatia – Current Demographic Processes

Alica Wertheimer-Baletić ; Croatian Academy of Science and Arts

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APA 6th Edition
Wertheimer-Baletić, A. (2005). Demografija Hrvatske - aktualni demografski procesi. Diacovensia, 13 (1), 97-118. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Wertheimer-Baletić, Alica. "Demografija Hrvatske - aktualni demografski procesi." Diacovensia, vol. 13, no. 1, 2005, pp. 97-118. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Wertheimer-Baletić, Alica. "Demografija Hrvatske - aktualni demografski procesi." Diacovensia 13, no. 1 (2005): 97-118.
Wertheimer-Baletić, A. (2005). 'Demografija Hrvatske - aktualni demografski procesi', Diacovensia, 13(1), pp. 97-118. Available at: (Accessed 04 December 2021)
Wertheimer-Baletić A. Demografija Hrvatske - aktualni demografski procesi. Diacovensia [Internet]. 2005 [cited 2021 December 04];13(1):97-118. Available from:
A. Wertheimer-Baletić, "Demografija Hrvatske - aktualni demografski procesi", Diacovensia, vol.13, no. 1, pp. 97-118, 2005. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 04 December 2021]

This paper analyses demographic processes in Croatia in the last five decades, taking into consideration the data of the last census from 2001. The processes are the following: depopulation (partial and total), its components (natural changes and migrations), proportions of depopulation, its spreading and irregular population density), aging population (total number and the population divided into age categories). Although the data of the census from 2001 cannot, due to the changes in the way it was carried out, be fully compared to the earlier censuses (from 1948 to 1991), it has been noticed that the above given processes continued (especially in the period between 1991 and 2001), and that the war in Croatia, the economic recession and the fact that Croatia has no population policy have encouraged the mentioned harmful processes. This has resulted in negative implications for not only demographic, but also economic and social development of Croatia. With force of demographic inertia, these processes (besides other unchanged circumstances) will not just persist in the next three decades, they will accelerate. The so-called negative population momentum (change in the age structure), demographic issue is becoming more and more obvious, turning into a socio-economic problem.

Demography; depopulation of Croatia; aging population; migration; population policy; society

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