Around 3.2 Million Croats Live Abroad – Here’s Where

Lauren Simmonds

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March the 17th, 2024 – Croatia has always been prone to exoduses and demographic issues – be they because of economic or political situations. Around 3.2 million ethnic Croats reside outside of the country’s borders in 2024.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, estimates on how many Croats live abroad by Croatian diplomatic missions and consular offices across the world, as well as by Croatian Catholic missions, reveal the number of ethnic Croats who live abroad.

These latest figures have also been aided by various censuses carried out in countries where Croatian emigrants and their descendants reside, as well as estimates taken by Croatian communities in some of these countries. As such, it is currently estimated that around 3,200,000 Croatian emigrants and their descendants live outside Croatia in various nations around the world. This was announced by the Central State Office for Croats outside the Republic of Croatia.

Based on the estimates of individual countries around the world, the number of Croats who live abroad, as well as their descendants, is as follows:

Argentina: about 250,000
Australia: about 250,000
Austria: about 90,000
Belgium: about 7,000
Brazil: about 70,000
Bolivia: about 5,000
Chile: about 200,000
Denmark: about 2,500
Ecuador: about 4,000
France: about 40,000
Ireland: about 20,000
Italy: about 60,000
South Africa: about 8,000
Canada: about 250,000
Luxembourg: around 3,000
The Netherlands: about 10,000
Norway: around 2000
New Zealand: about 100,000
Germany: about 500,000
Paraguay: about 5,000
Peru: about 6,000
United States of America: about 1,200,000
Sweden: about 40,000
Switzerland: about 80,000
Uruguay: about 5,000
Great Britain: about 5,000
Venezuela: about 5,000

According to the latest data from the National Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Croatia has 3,855,641 inhabitants, while estimations suggest that there are over 3.2 million Croats and their descendants living abroad.


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