150 Croatian Villages No Longer Inhabited – Večernji List

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Mario Romulić
Mario Romulić

The daily newspaper carried excerpts from a monograph on now-vacant settlements prepared by researchers Vlatka Dugački, Lana Peternel, Filip Škiljan.

Dugački was quoted by the VL daily as saying that uninhabited settlements and towns “are a complex social phenomenon”.

According to the 2011 census, the highest number of abandoned settlements was registered in the mountainous region of Gorski Kotar (a wider Delnice area). Karlovac County ranked second, and was followed by Istria and Požega-Slavonia counties.

For instance in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, nearly 50 settlements have become “ghost towns”, and of them 30 were around Delnice. In Karlovac County, a score of settlements have become unpopulated, and in Istria 15.

No abandoned settlements in north of Croatia

On the other hand, in the northern counties — Međimurje, Varaždin and Koprivnica-Križevci — there were no abandoned settlements according to the 2011 census.

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