A. THE COUNTRY
The Republic of Croatia is a crescent-shaped country (almost bisected by
Bosnia) in southeastern Europe. Government is a parliamentary democracy.
Long-term Communist mismanagement and the war with Serbia undermined a
previously solid economy. A resurgent tourist sector and the
privatization of state industries have helped Croatia with the ongoing
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~4,409,000 and official language Croatian.
~93.4% are Slavic (~87.5% Croat, ~4.5% Serb, ~0.5% Bosnian, ~0.3%
Slovene), ~1.3% Other European (Hungarian, Albanian, Friulian), ~5.3%
Other (Romani, other).
The profound impact of historic and recent hatred among Croat, Serb and
Bosnian could continue to hamper the people for generations to come.
Among young people, high unemployment and low wages, little confidence
in the future, functional godlessness and widespread drug use (80% of
teens) show that hope is in short supply.
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
Croatia has freedom of religion in a secular state, but Catholicism
enjoys and unofficial favoured status. There are religious and
ethnicity bondages, and many leaders in the Catholic Church are at the
forefront of reconciliation and justice issues.
~91.96% claim to be Christian, ~6.01% Non-religious, ~1.9% Muslim, ~0.1%
Jewish, ~0.02% Hindu, ~0.01% Buddhist.
In the Christian category:
~87.54% are Catholic, ~5.9% Orthodox, ~0.52% Protestant, ~0.25%
Evangelicals represent ~0.4% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~0.4% and of those ~0.2% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010