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Religious belonging according to the 2011 Census and 2015-2016 data, percentages

Religious belonging according to the 2011 Census, percentages

Total (number) 4 284 889
Catholics 86.28
Orthodox 4.44
Protestants 0.34
Other Christians 0.30
Muslims 1.47
Jews 0,01
Oriental religions 0,06
Other religions, movements and life philosophies 0,06
Agnostics and sceptics 0,76
Not religious and atheists 3,81
Not declared 2,17
Unknown 0,29

Note: the categories in the table have been named by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics; there are no publicly available information which particular religions are included under particular category (such as under “other Christians”, “oriental religions”, etc.).

Source: Croatian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011 – Population by Ethnicity and Religion.

Religious belonging according to the 2015-2016 data, percentages

Catholics 84
Orthodox 4
Muslims 2
Unaffiliated 7
Other 3

Source: Pew Research Center (2017) Religious Belief and National Belonging in Central and Eastern Europe. Full report available as a pdf document at the Pew Research Center website.

Comparison of the 2011 census data with new research data provided by the Pew Research Center published in May 2017 (fieldwork was done from June 2015 to July 2106 in 18 Central and Eastern European countries) shows the stability of basic religious belonging. Though it is not quite correct to compare census data with research data, and though the Pew Research data contain somewhat different categories, these data confirm that Croatians continue to belong to religious communities.

22 August 2017