Croatia

Population

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The country profiles are intended to provide some background and context for the descriptions of the churches. These profiles should be read in conjunction with those of the churches in the country.

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4500000
Surface area:56594 km2
Capital:Zagreb
GNI per capita:14072 US$
Classification:Developed economy
Languages:

Croatia

Religions:

Christian: 95.00%

Muslim: 2.00%

Other: 1.00%

Christianity:
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Today's Croatia was comprised of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the end of the First World War, when Croatia joined the kingdom which, in 1929, became Yugoslavia.  Croatia declared independence in 1991.  Almost immediately, the country was afflicted with civil war as the Serbian minority (in control of much of the army) fought to create a Serbian state.  The war continued until 1995.  There were serious human rights violations during the conflicted inflicted by both Croatians and Serbs, including massacres and the widespread use of rape, as well as considerable destruction of villages and houses.  The Roman Catholic church has a long history in Croatia, but in 1945 a bloody era of persecution began that lasted into the early 1950s.  Many clergy were imprisoned, tortured, and even executed.  In 1990 Roman Catholic clergy succeeded in establishing mandatory religious instruction in public schools.  Ecumenical activities have recently resumed.  There are no WCC member churches based in this country.

 

(source:  In God's Hands)

 

WCC member churches based in Croatia

    WCC member churches present in Croatia

      Note: The list of churches present in countries is still in development.

      Last updated: 01/01/06